Kacey Musgraves talks about illegal merchandise and its effect on artists.
My lyrics are being ripped off so many times and, naturally, nobody buying this stuff would ever know that the people who actually CREATED these lyrics are seeing ZERO benefits. It's a huge problem I face every day. There are correct ways to go about using intellectual property to sell and it's not being done. And yeah, sure, it's flattering and it's "getting my message out there" but I've got bills to pay, too.
Eric Wilson on 02/09/16 - 10:15 AM
Youtube star Nicole Arbour, who's probably known best for her "Dear Fat People" and other outlandish videos has been accused by her ex-boyfriend and Youtube star, Matthew Santoro for being physically and emotionally abusive during their relationship. You can find Matthew's video that shared the information in the replies along with Nicole's response.
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/22/16 - 12:46 PM
Meaghan Garvey, a former Pitchfork editor and current contributor to MTV, has accused Gustavo Guerra of Distrolord A&R of raping her during an assignment on Chief Keef last year. Garvey has mentioned the assault before, but omitted Guerra's name until tonight, following Amber Coffman's outing of Life or Death PR's Heathcliff Berru as a serial harasser. Gustavo had previously been accused of sexism by R&B auteur Kelela, and responded in part by saying " I was brought up by four women. I've got three sisters and a mother, so I don't understand where this 'woman' thing came from."
Ryan Dennehy on 01/21/16 - 08:35 PM
Last night, Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors took to twitter to accuse Heathcliff Berru, the head of prominent PR company Life or Death, of sexual harassment. Soon after, many other women (including other PR reps and Best Coast's Bethany Consentino) in the industry took to twitter to corroborate and share their own stories of various incidents of assault and harassment. Berru founded Life or Death PR, which manages artists like Wavves, Speedy Ortiz, Killer Mike, and many more, in 2008 and has resigned in the wake of the accusations. The Fader has all of the tweets and information compiled for you to read here.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/19/16 - 03:15 PM
In a newly surfaced clause from of the sale of Wu Tang Clan's $2 million album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, to pharmabro Martin Shkreli, it appears that both the group and Bill Murray are entitled to steal the album back in a heist. The plot thickens.

Update: Not to rain on anyone's fun parade, but considering the source for this clause is some random twitter user who then tweeted "Journalistic integrity is paramount whenever dealing with complex legal documents such as this.," I'm not sure how legitimate or legally binding something that says "with no legal repercussions" actually is. - RD
Aaron Mook on 12/10/15 - 08:54 AM
Hunter Moore (the asshole known for running a revenge porn website) was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Jason Tate on 12/04/15 - 12:44 PM
An email from a San Luis Obispo Tribune reporter confirms that Steve Klein's (formerly of New Found Glory) jury trial will begin on January 19th of next year.

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Jason Tate on 11/25/15 - 11:33 AM
TMZ is reporting Vanna is being sued after a fan was struck in the face by a guitar.
Eric says without warning a guitar flew through the air and struck him smack in the face. According to the lawsuit, Eric's nose was broken in 5 places. He also suffered lacerations to his face and a guitar string apparently punctured his nose, with a portion lodging inside it.

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Jason Tate on 11/20/15 - 12:42 PM
Spin is reporting that Kesha has pushed for a preliminary injunction in the ongoing legal battle against her alleged sexual abuser Dr. Luke.
Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse. She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.
Jason Tate on 09/21/15 - 12:36 PM
The Daily Post is reporting that Neck Deep's Lloyd Roberts has gone to police and hired lawyers to "clear his name."
A guitarist from a Wrexham punk band who was accused of sending sex texts to a minor has contacted police and lawyers and vowed to clear his name. Lloyd Roberts, from Neck Deep, decided to step down from the band - whose most recent album charted in the Top 10 - after allegations were made last week. Today, he said he intended to fight the claims.

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Jason Tate on 08/26/15 - 11:05 AM
Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment and manager of Five Finger Death Punch has released a statement in response to vocalist Ivan Moody being accused of domestic abuse. You can read that statement in the replies.
Jake Denning on 08/14/15 - 01:40 PM
Five Finger Death Punch's singer Ivan L. Moody has been accused of domestic abuse.
She says she eventually went to sleep, and woke up with Ivan's arms around her neck in a Jiu-Jitsu submission hold. She says he then repeatedly punched her and choked her with a blanket. Moody was arrested for domestic violence but the charges were dropped. The rest of the divorce docs paint a similar picture of abuse, with injuries that include a bloody eye and busted blood vessels.

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Jason Tate on 08/13/15 - 11:17 AM
Columbia Music House (you know, get 8 CDs for a penny, then spend a shit ton on the ones you have to buy next) has filed for bankruptcy. I got in so much trouble from my parents for signing up for this in middle school.
The owner of onetime mail-order music giant Columbia House filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, seeking to sell what remains of its business after almost two decades of declining revenue.
Jason Tate on 08/11/15 - 11:14 AM
The Associated Press is reporting that former Owl City member Daniel Jorgensen has been charged with criminal sexual contact and attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl to his hotel room in Atlantic City in 2013.
Authorities say he committed criminal sexual contact on the beach and then tried to lure the girl to his hotel room and the band's tour bus to have sex. Bail was set at $100,000. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. The second-degree attempted luring charge carries a potential penalty of five to 10 years in prison. Jorgensen played guitar for Owl City.
Jason Tate on 08/05/15 - 12:45 PM
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have filed for divorce.
While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.
Jason Tate on 08/04/15 - 10:55 AM
Autumn Lavis has posted on Twitter that the case brought against her by Front Porch Step has been dismissed.
Jason Tate on 08/03/15 - 10:53 AM
According to a new GoFundMe Page, Jake of Front Porch Step is taking his ex-girlfriend Autumn Brook Lavis to court. She is trying to raise some money to help pay for court costs and all the expenses associated. If this infuriates you as much as it does me ... let's help her out.
Autumn is choosing to defend herself in court the first week in August. This project is to help her raise money for a lawyer to fight back against Jake and his lawyers. Jake is also trying to make her pay all court costs. On top of that, she has to fly out of the state, resulting in a huge financial burden. She is also unable to continue to pay for her therapy because of this.
Jason Tate on 07/24/15 - 11:10 AM
An AP.net reader reached out to The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, CA to see if they had any new information about Steve Klein's (former New Found Glory guitarist) trial. The response says that they believe the trial will begin again in September.
Yes it's still ongoing, currently set to begin in September I believe. You aren't the first person from out of the area to contact me about the case wondering what's up. He hired our areas most expensive -- and busy -- attorney who's currently involved in a number of high-profile trials, so he's been successful in putting the matter off for quite some time. But the DA's Office is not letting the case go.

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Jason Tate on 07/22/15 - 12:47 PM
Francis Mark of From Autumn to Ashes has issued a statement on his arrest.
I wanted clarify a few things in the press and express my gratitude to the fans who continue to stick by us in these trying times. I turned myself in and was not arrested. The alleged drug house in question was merely a medicinal marijuana facility. I speak not only for myself but on behalf of From Autumn To Ashes that we will make up the dates as soon as we possibly can. Thank you for the years of support and see you soon.
Jason Tate on 07/20/15 - 10:49 AM
50 Cent has filed for bankruptcy.
Curtis James Jackson III, the rapper better known as 50 Cent, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. In court papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, Conn., Mr. Jackson reported assets and debts each in the range of $10 million to $50 million.
Jason Tate on 07/13/15 - 12:11 PM
Lambgoat is reporting that Francis Mark of From Autumn to Ashes was arrested on drug charges that led to the cancellation of their tour.
On June 29, Mark, age 32, was allegedly sentenced in Michigan for an offense of "maintaining a drug house." While he was not sent to prison, Mark appears to have received a year of probation. As such, travel restrictions likely apply, leaving Mark unable to continue touring for the foreseeable future.

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Jason Tate on 07/07/15 - 11:42 AM
The major labels have settled with Sirius XM for $210 million over the satellite broadcaster's unlicensed use of pre-1972 music.
The lawsuit came in the aftermath of a class action filed by Flo & Eddie of The Turtles and aimed to use California state misappropriation laws -- also called common law copyrights -- to win compensation over the use of sound recordings made before such recordings fell under federal copyright protection. For years, record labels accepted publicity and no royalties from terrestrial radio operators, but changes in how music is consumed have changed the dynamic.

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Jason Tate on 06/29/15 - 11:36 AM
A woman has allegedly accused Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse of rape following the band's June 3rd show at the Murray Theater in Murray, UT. I am going to link to the public accounts of those involved and quote from them, please know the language is graphic, and I am only including the links because the accounts are public. The original story broke from a friend of the alleged victim's on Facebook:
A pile of literal human garbage named Ronnie Radke gang raped someone really important to me last night (because that's how real men treat women, with their bodyguard as backup) and tossed her out onto the curb. He's some has been, talentless musician that was playing the Murray Theater...
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 12:27 PM
Grooveshark has been shut down. I didn't even know it was still around ... but, well, not anymore.
The music sharing service has been dealt what could easily amount to a death blow by a US District Court judge, which found that Grooveshark's own employees personally (and willfully) violated and profited from copyright infringement. It's been a long saga; Grooveshark has faced lawsuit after lawsuit in recent years. It's managed to overcome some by striking deals with publishers, but vengeful music labels haven't given up on sinking the company.
Jason Tate on 05/01/15 - 12:04 PM
Tool has settled the lawsuit that was delaying the release of their new album. Adam Jones has said they have finished one song, and are working on others.

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Jason Tate on 03/16/15 - 11:30 AM
The group behind Taking Back Tuesday are trying to trademark the phrase "emo night." Yeahhhh, good luck with that.
Their trademark claim, filed on February 4 by Petracca, is not a particularly strong one—using vague language about what exactly they’re seeking. “We booked and curated the artists for this event as Emo Night. Thats how people know it is us presenting the event,” reads the application, which was filed through LegalZoom. Along with their application, they submitted flyers to their event with their logo—the words Taking Back Tuesday (after the band Taking Back Sunday) over the Black Flag bars overlayed on the cover of Jimmy Eat World's Clarity.

It’s fairly likely that it...
Jason Tate on 03/13/15 - 03:35 PM
Slipknot's guitarist, Mick Thompson, was allegedly stabbed multiple times by his brother.
Police tell us ... the Thomson bros were hanging out at his Clive, Iowa home when things got extremely heated and a fight broke out. Cops say both guys appeared extremely intoxicated. The two men suffered multiple stab wounds. Mick got nailed in the back of the head.
Police are currently investigating. So far no charges have been filed.

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Jason Tate on 03/12/15 - 10:59 AM
Jeff John Roberts, writing at Gigaom, looks at the different legal cases related to royalties and the music industry that are set to shake out this year.
A solution from courts or Congress is in order. The danger, though, is that a partial solution will protect parochial interests such as FM stations or labels that own 1960's recordings without creating a sustainable system for royalties in the digital age. There's also a risk that changes to the law will simply scapegoat companies like Pandora and Spotify, which represent the future of music, or even kill them off altogether. In any event, watch closely. This is the year that a lot of long-time log-jams in the music industry appear set...
Jason Tate on 03/11/15 - 06:29 PM
A jury has awarded $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye's family after finding that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied a Marvin Gaye song to create "Blurred Lines."
The eight-person panel reached the decision Tuesday after hearing nearly a week of testimony about similarities between "Blurred Lines" - the biggest hit of 2013 - and Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." Gaye's children sued Thicke and Williams, saying their song infringed the copyright of their father's song.
Jason Tate on 03/10/15 - 02:41 PM
A band that's been around since 1999, named The Singles, has issued a cease and desist to Scarlett Johansson's similarly named group.
It's unclear if Johansson would consider a new name for her pop project. "The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls," Johansson told Rolling Stone, citing the influence of Grimes, the Bangles and the Go-Go's. "I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra-pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke."

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Jason Tate on 03/02/15 - 12:03 PM
Hunter Moore has pleaded guilty to hacking and ID theft.
The charges each carry a maximum penalty of two to five years in jail, though Moore will not be sentenced until a later date.
Jason Tate on 02/19/15 - 10:56 AM
Vanilla Ice has been arrested and charged with burglary.
The rap artist, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with burglary residence and grand theft, according to a news release issued by the Lantana Police Department.
Jason Tate on 02/18/15 - 04:48 PM
Suge Knight has been arrested for murder following a hit and run.
Jason Tate on 01/30/15 - 12:08 PM
Eamonn Forde, writing for the Guardian, looks at why Taylor Swift trademarked a bunch of her lyrics.
“What she is trying to do is to protect individual phrases within her lyrics where those lyrics have become catchphrases,” explains Alexander Ross, a partner at law firm Wiggin who specialises in music. “Once you have a trademarked phrase you have the right to stop someone else using it on things like merchandising.”
Jason Tate on 01/29/15 - 11:17 AM
The Sun is reporting that Tom Petty has been awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" due to its similarity to "I Won't Back Down".
The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.

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Jason Tate on 01/26/15 - 11:56 AM
TMZ is reporting that Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler were both arrested last month for making death threats against each other. TMZ is reporting no charges will be filed.
On December 7, the two got into a verbal fight over a reality show Travis wants to do with their 2 kids. It's surprising, but the former couple STILL live under the same roof.

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Jason Tate on 01/16/15 - 01:24 PM
NME is reporting that Ian Watkins' ex-girlfriend was found not guilty of possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Joanne Mkadzelics, 39, from Doncaster, had denied seven charges of possessing and distributing indecent images at Cardiff Crown Court earlier this week. Mkadzelics claimed that she encouraged Watkins to send her pictures – and subsequently kept them – so that she could expose him.
Jason Tate on 01/14/15 - 12:47 PM
Skinny Puppy has sent an invoice for $666k to the US Government for using their songs to torture prisoners.
A former Guantanamo guard allegedly contacted the band to let them know their songs were being used as torture tools against detainees, and Skinny Puppy have since gotten the advice of lawyers who believe they have a good case against the U.S. government.

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Jason Tate on 12/15/14 - 02:28 PM
Dr. Luke is suing Kesha's lawyer for defamation.
On Monday in a New York court, Gottwald and his attorneys filed suit against Geragos for the "horrific, outrageous and maliciously false assertion that [Gottwald] raped the world famous musical artist Lady Gaga." The lawsuit claims Geragos' comments were intended to "humiliate and severely damage" Gottwald's public image. It also blasts Geragos for keeping his comments online after Gaga publicly refuted the alleged rape accusation.
Jason Tate on 12/08/14 - 12:49 PM
Michael Sawyer of Miss Fortune has released a statement on his recent arrest. It can be found, in full, in the replies.
Jason Tate on 11/13/14 - 10:31 PM
Yesterday it was reported that AC/DC's drummer Phil Rudd was charged "with attempting to procure murders" -- today the New Zealand Herald is reporting that the murder-for-hire charge has been dropped. The threatening to kill and drug charges remain.
I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.
Jason Tate on 11/07/14 - 11:40 AM
The New Zealand Herald is reporting that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to procure murders.
Rudd, who was dressed in jeans and a grey jersey, was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. He did speak when he appeared in the dock and entered no plea to the charges. He has been bailed until his next appearance on November 27.
Jason Tate on 11/06/14 - 11:41 AM
In a follow-up to the story posted earlier this year: The man who was arrested for posting lyrics to an Exodus song on Facebook has had all charges dropped.
Well, recently, the charges were dropped against Evans. Represented by the ACLU, Evans through an ACLU attorney stated "Evans is relieved that these very serious criminal charges have been dismissed, and he is grateful for all of the support he has received during this difficult time. A conviction on first-degree terroristic threatening could have landed Evans in jail for up to 10 years."
Jason Tate on 10/31/14 - 04:08 PM
Lights' manager Jian Ghomeshi has been accused by eight women "of violence, sexual abuse or harassment." Lights originally had posted an open letter of support on Facebook (link to cached version), but that has since been deleted.
Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment. [...] Ghomeshi, 47, was fired Sunday from his job as host of Q, a flagship radio show of the publicly funded broadcaster. Ghomeshi has alleged in a lawsuit filed the next day that CBC made a “moral judgment” that his practice of a bondage-sadism sex life was wrong. He is...
Jason Tate on 10/31/14 - 08:34 AM
Miss Fortune's lead singer, Mikey Sawyer, has been arrested on charges of domestic abuse. Sumerian Records have since dropped the band.
We'd like to point out that the actions of one band member do not represent the actions and viewpoints of the entire band. Yes our singer Mikey is in jail, but no we DO NOT condone his actions. We DO NOT condone domestic abuse. If you've met anyone of us in person I'm sure you know we're a cool bunch of dudes. Saying Miss Fortune condones domestic abuse is a lie, so stop saying it. Thank you.

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Jason Tate on 10/30/14 - 12:44 PM
Consequence of Sound is reporting that Black Flag's Greg Ginn has been accusted of child abuse by his ex-wife.
Marina, who resides in Austin, Texas, says her daughters, age 10 and 7, “live in constant fear” of their father. While under his care, she claims Greg “routinely denies [them] food” so that they do not gain weight, has threatened them with physical abuse and, at times, thrown cups of water in their faces. Marina also alleges that he emotionally harasses his daughters by whistling and telling them, “You’re hot.” According to Marina, her youngest daughter, Karis, was taken to the hospital on October 7th over stress and anxiety stemming from these events.
Jason Tate on 10/14/14 - 10:49 AM
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