A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided on Monday to consolidate separate complaints from Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music U.K. into one case against VKontakte, which boasts 142 million global users and is Russia's second most popular website. VK openly allows users to upload copyrighted music and videos to their profiles, but the site has yet to secure licensing deals with rights holders, despite numerous warnings from regulators. The labels want VK to pay damages and...
Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who received amnesty late last year after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are each seeking €120,000 (more than $161,000) in compensation, plus €10,000 (more than $13,000) in court fees.
By early 2013, Vancouver resident Kasey Anderson had already been caught bilking 30 investors in a non-existent benefit album for the “West Memphis Three.” Rather than change his ways, though, federal prosecutors say he soaked two more victims, both old friends. [...] To court investors, Anderson claimed Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and several other high-profile musicians would be on the album. Profits from the album and an associated concert series were to go to the West Memphis Three Legal Defense Fund.
Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was back in court this morning to have his prison sentence reduced by the amount of time he was out on bail wearing a GPS monitor and restricted to his parents’ home — but was ultimately denied.
Those company payment percentages are lower than the combined 70% in revenue (approximately) that the interactive, premium component of services like Spotify or Rdio pay to labels and publisher rights owners, according to label and digital service sources.
But, it turns out, indies’ unhappiness with YouTube has more to do with contract terms other than the rates they would be paying.
The main beef with YouTube is the company's take-it-or-leave-it approach, which they say includes an onerous and negative most-favored-nation clause. If any major label or...
The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. It also says it's not liable for any problems caused by law enforcement groups that might use information in the 2011 FBI report. A Detroit federal judge holds a hearing Monday.
Allyson Burnett had filed a lawsuit against Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's hit song "Good Time" -- the lawsuit was dropped last week. Along with that TMZ is reporting Owl City made over a half-million in royalties on that song. (We reached out to Ally and she declined to comment on the situation. - Thomas Nassiff)
Today, attorneys for Owl City -- real name Adam Young -- filed a proposal in Federal Court that would award him $525,901.77 in disputed ASCAP royalties for the song.
The Beastie Boys had sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement. Monster countered that it owed no more than $125,000, calling the case "illogical" and saying an employee had mistakenly believed the company had permission to use the music.
Billions of dollars in royalties are at stake, and the lobbying fight that is very likely to unfold would pit Silicon Valley giants like Pandora and Google against music companies and songwriter groups.
Monster has no intention of litigating this matter in the media, but since the case has now received publicity we felt we should let the public know the facts as we see them. Monster in good faith believed it had obtained the rights to use a compilation of certain Beastie Boys music for an Internet video. The video recounted a snowboarding event in Canada that Monster sponsored where the after party featured many Beastie Boys songs played by the DJs in honor of the recent death of one of the Beastie Boys’ members. The music that Monster used was provided by one of the DJs [Z-Trip],...
In an interview with Listener magazine published the year of his death, California said he felt "Stairway to Heaven" was a "rip-off." "The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said 'Thank you,' never said, 'Can we pay you some money for it?'" he said. "It's kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it."
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail today. Lambesis shared his story in a lengthy interview for an upcoming documentary, which you can read over at AltPress.
The first time I cheated on my wife, my interpretation of morality was now convenient for me. I felt less guilty if I decided, “Well, marriage isn’t a real thing, because Christianity isn’t real. God isn’t real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.” I thought of myself as super-scholarly at the time. “My academic pursuit has led me to this.” I was sincere to a certain degree, but we all hear what we want to hear to justify our actions. I interpreted the...
In 1995, Misfits founding member Jerry Only secured the exclusive legal right to tour and record as the Misfits, and, in accordance with those legal rights, launched a licensing program through Cyclopian Music. At the same time, Glenn Anzalone—professionally known as Glenn Danzig (former co-founder and Misfits vocalist circa 1977 to 1983) —made clear that he wanted no public association with the Misfits or Cyclopian Music’s business endeavors.
Despite full knowledge of Cyclopian Music’s use of the Misfits’ name and logos for decades, Glenn Danzig curiously filed a lawsuit on April 3rd, 2014 seeking a portion of the proceeds from...
Vulfpeck from Los Angeles apparently wrote an album of entirely silent songs named Sleepify and uploaded it to Spotify's service. Encouraging their small fanbase to stream it while they slept, the band generated around $20,000 at $.007 a stream. The stunt was intended to fund a small stint of free shows, but the album has been removed and it's not clear if they'll receive the entire royalty check.
The-Dream has been arrested in New York City for allegedly attacking his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He is being charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors. The alleged attack took place in April of 2013.
Authorities alleged that Inserra, despite collecting disability, continued to perform as the frontman of Brooklyn-based Cousin Sleaze. Photos of performances from April 2011 show him "repeatedly moving his arms in a punching motion" and "violently flailing his arm in an up-and-down motion," a criminal complaint said.
Four major labels are teaming up with the RIAA to file a lawsuit against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments.
According to the just-filed lawsuit, the Copyright Act that created the master recording copyright "expressly preserves for pre-72 recordings 'any rights or remedies under the common law or statutes of any states' -- which rights and remedies are not in any way annulled or limited." The lawsuit further states that the New York courts have done so by recognizing and enforcing exclusive ownership rights in pre-1972 recordings. “For more than 100 years, the courts repeatedly have affirmed the policy of this [New York] State that the...
“Flag gets to be Flag, and Black Flag as it is presently known continues to be Black Flag,” says attorney Evan Cohen, who represented the plaintiff, and says that Ginn has been confirmed to own Black Flag recordings, name and logo.
Now that the five-month investigation into Dylan's case has been closed, the same charges he faced have been brought against Rolling Stone France publisher Michael Birnbaum, who faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of €45,000 ($62,000) for publishing the remarks. Neither his lawyer nor representatives from the U.S. edition of Rolling Stone gave comments to the Wall Street Journal.
Music attorney Lee Phillips believes that labels made a mistake by not doing a deal with Napster. Hindsight is twenty-twenty and all that -- but the article raises some good points.
“The labels will pay anything to keep prestige acts,” he says, pointing to his recent handling of negotiations on behalf of Barbra Streisand to re-sign with Columbia Records. “But there are only a handful of artists in that category. In signing new acts, it’s not only about talent, but what kind of following you bring to the table. That’s why labels have started signing these 360 deals. Since they’re not making money from albums sales, they want a piece of touring, publishing merchandising and endorsements.”
She testified that she discovered at least 100 videos of two-way chats between Steve Klein and unidentified females who appeared to be underage. At least one of the videos showed Steve Klein masturbating while two females — who were clothed — watched, she testified. She said she contacted a criminal attorney, who advised her to turn the drive over to police. A sheriff’s deputy arrived and picked up the device the next day. Under cross-examination, she admitted that she was looking for evidence that Steve Klein was having an affair at the time and that she didn’t see any undressed underage girls in the videos....
The National Restaurant Association encourages the owners of the nearly 500,000 restaurants it represents to seriously consider the consequences of violating federal copyright law when deciding whether to pay for a music license. Still, many business owners choose to take the risk, assuming, perhaps, that their size, location or obscurity might allow them to play music under the radar. A large number of them eventually discover, however, that there’s no hiding from the protectors of performer’s rights.
The case came to the attention of authorities when Klein’s now-ex-wife called police, having allegedly seen evidence of Klein’s online activity. [...] The District Attorney’s Office is not commenting on the case at this time. A search warrant filed with the court to seize evidence from Klein’s home has been sealed. Details from the prosecution’s case will be presented during a preliminary hearing set for April 10.
At one point, one of the officers, who was wearing leather gloves, grabbed Eric Smith and punched him several times in his face. "He was on his knees, handcuffed, and they were punching him in his face," said Smith’s girlfriend.
The settlement will include an apology from GoldieBlox, to be displayed on the company's website, as well as donation by GoldieBlox to charities selected by the Beastie Boys that encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls.
It is a difficult challenge to defend oneself in the media when there is a pending criminal case. This is because people are quick to assume that if a person is charged with a crime, they are also guilty as charged. And it is especially difficult because criminal defense attorneys insist that their clients not talk about the case to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. Furthermore, attorneys are limited by law as to what can and cannot be said about a case to the public.
In the matter of Steve Klein, since his case has now been brought...
Idobi has learned and reported that Steve Klein (ex-New Found Glory) was "arraigned (on December 12, 2013) in a San Luis Obispo court on multiple charges, including lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14" and has pleaded not guilty.
Do you listen to The Adam Carolla Show, WTF with Marc Maron or even our podcast? Well if you do and enjoy these podcasts or any other podcasts, you should help donate to fighting the patent trolls who are trying to bring podcasting to it's knees. Adam is leading the charge with a Fund Anything to raise money to cover the insane lawyer fees to protect his podcast and all podcasts alike. If you want some back story on what patent trolls are and what they're trying to accomplish, you can check out this article.
Light Years’ van was broken into on the first night of their tour with Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck in Chicago, IL. To support the band, feel free to pick up merch from their webstore here or to grab tickets to their tour here.
Metal Sucks is reporting on new developments in the Tim Lambesis case, including how the undercover officer was informed of the plan to hire a hitman.
Then Lambesis started to walk away. ‘So, as he was leaving, we got about fifteen or twenty feet away from each other and he turned back to me and he goes, "Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead."
Five days before his May 2008 sentencing, Pearlman, who will be 74 when he gets out, issued a formal request to be permitted to develop bands while behind bars-all he would require was a telephone and an Internet connection two days a week. Prosecutors objected strongly, as did Judge G. Kendall Sharp, who instead ordered Pearlman to 300 months in jail-one month per $1 million he admitted to stealing-with the stipulation that his sentence could be reduced one month per $1 million he repaid.
Sacramento's Fox 40 is reporting that Hunter Moore was released on a $100,000 bond today into the custody of his parents after being arrested by the FBI earlier this week. Moore is reportedly being required to "completely dismantle his website" while in the presence of federal agents and cannot use the internet while the federal investigation is underway. His parents having to install parental controls is the best part of this.