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BAYLEY NARGANG Columnist Once Upon a Time in Shaolin there was an 88-year non-commercial clause bestowed upon the land. The one-off Wu-Tang Clan record with a value of $5 million, estimated by the RZA himself, will only be able to be shared for free. After the record has travelled to museums around the globe only to be heard through headphones in a private listening room, the monumental piece is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Originally the rights of the record were to be completely in the owner’s hands. This new update means that until 88 years have passed from the purchase of the record, the owner does not have distribution rights, much like your typical record deal. The record had an original purpose of making a statement about the tangibility of music and the value of being able to hear a track only once in your life Now, it puts the weight of a different modern dilemma; the ease of sharing music. The owner bears the weight to decide whether or not they would like to provide free, lifted versions of the track for free. However, this would essentially destroy the logic behind paying such a high price for it. The announcement was made at a listening party on March 2 in Brooklyn, N.Y. At the party the Clan allowed the public to hear small samples of the album. According to the RZA, the non-commercial clause is prepared and to be applied after one lucky individual purchases the album.