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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...
Jason Tate on 04/18/14 - 11:58 AM
Black Flag and Flag have settled their lawsuit.
“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.
Jason Tate on 04/17/14 - 02:06 PM
Drake has been sued over the spoke word sample in "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music."
Jason Tate on 04/17/14 - 11:12 AM
France has dropped the anti-discrimination case against Bob Dylan.
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.
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 03:29 PM
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.”
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 11:49 AM
Sanluisobispo.com has posted an update on Steve Klein's legal trial yesterday.
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....
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 10:21 AM
2 Chainz was arrested going through security at LAX, allegedly, with a bag of weed and some promethazine with codeine. He was charged with felony drug possession today.
Jason Tate on 04/03/14 - 10:36 AM
A small town bar in Ohio is in deep legal and financial trouble after a band played a cover of "Freebird."
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.

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Jason Tate on 03/31/14 - 03:17 PM
Sanluisobispo.com has reported a few more details on former New Found Glory member Steve Klein's case.
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.
Jason Tate on 03/24/14 - 10:09 AM
Eric Smith, a tour manager found often on the Warped Tour, was according to this report "beat up" by police.
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.
Jason Tate on 03/21/14 - 02:55 PM
The Beastie Boys finally settled their lawsuit with GoldieBlox (the toy company that parodied their song "Girls" in a viral ad).
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.
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 07:57 PM
We have received the following statement from Steve Klein's (ex-New Found Glory) attorney in regard to today's previous post.
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...
Jason Tate on 03/12/14 - 05:04 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 03/12/14 - 10:18 AM
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.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/14 - 09:05 AM
This is not a typo. Last night, Set It Off's van window was smashed and bassist Austin Kerr's bag with all of his possessions were stolen. Please send positive vibes their way.
Christian Wagner on 03/01/14 - 10:53 AM
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.

Update: Paper + Plastick has put the band's LP for pay what you want this weekend only.
Christian Wagner on 02/28/14 - 08:22 PM
According to Lambgoat, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has entered a plea deal. He has admitted to attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife and will reportedly serve nine years in prison.

Update: He could serve up to nine years in prison plus four years of parole and a $10,000 fine, but the actual sentencing will take place on May 2.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/25/14 - 11:48 AM
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."

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Jason Tate on 02/24/14 - 09:46 AM
A New Jersey woman who sued Fishbone after frontman Angelo "Dr. Madd Vibe" Moore landed on her while stage diving has been awarded $1.4 million for compensatory and punitive damages.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/16/14 - 04:29 PM
Lou Pearlman, the man behind that wave of boy-bands we all remember has given his first interview from prison.
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.
Jason Tate on 02/14/14 - 10:30 AM
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.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/24/14 - 04:30 PM
Time is reporting that "Is Anyone Up" founder Hunter Moore has been arrested by FBI agents.
Hunter Moore, whom Rolling Stone called “the most hated man on the Internet” for his alleged operation and defense of a revenge porn website, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury, according to an official at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
Jason Tate on 01/23/14 - 12:21 PM
Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) has applied to appeal the length of his prision sentence.
Paedophile rock star Ian Watkins is seeking leave to appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Jason Tate on 01/23/14 - 10:23 AM
Justin Bieber has been arrested for a DUI -- this is dominating the airwaves this morning.

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Jason Tate on 01/23/14 - 10:02 AM
Joshua Hunt, writing for The New Yorker, has published a really interesting article on what devices and music is popular in prisons.
The radio provided hours of welcome distraction for Demmitt, who had come from Sheridan’s adjoining detention center, where, he says, he spent weeks without a radio while confined to a small cell for at least twenty-three hours a day. The radio was unlike any Demmitt had seen outside prison, with a transparent plastic body that revealed the landscape within: a single AA battery rested at the bottom of its circuit board, while its antenna—one and three quarter inches of copper wire coiled around a small ferrite bar—peeked through a white Sony logo, just...
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 10:37 AM
Lambgoat is reporting that the Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) trial has been delayed, possibly due to plea negotiations.
Although Lambesis was present (accompanied by his parents and attorney Tom Warwick), he was not called forward, and the bailiff subsequently announced that further proceedings have been delayed until February 6th.

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Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 10:05 AM
Today an appeals court in Washington struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules. A good summary of what this means can be found on Gigaom by Jeff Roberts.
The upshot of Tuesday’s ruling is that it could open the door for internet giants like Verizon and Time Warner to cut deals with large content providers — say Disney or Netflix — to ensure that their web content was delivered faster and more reliably than other sites. This could not only restrict consumer choice but also provide a threat to smaller websites that do not have the resources to pay for any “express lanes” that the broadband providers but choose to create.
Jason Tate on 01/14/14 - 01:16 PM
A high-school student has been suspended in Oklahoma for "casting a magic spell" ... yeah, this isn't music related, it's just weird. If she's not a witch, she should have to prove it.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on behalf of student Brandi Blackbear, charging that the assistant principal of Union Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, suspended her for 15 days last December for supposedly casting a spell.

Update: This article is from 2000, but I just came across it today and didn't see the year. She ended up losing the suit in 2002.
Jason Tate on 01/08/14 - 11:40 AM
Ever heard of Lights Over Paris? Yeah, me either. However, apparently the lead singer, Robert Mawhinney, has managed to scam not only banks but everyone into thinking he has all the money in the world for tours, albums, and videos. No one came to the shows but they were sold out since he would buy all the tickets. And even weider? This guy started all of this because he really wanted to be the next Blink-182.

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Jason Tate on 01/08/14 - 11:21 AM
Insane Clown Posse is suing the FBI over classifying the "juggalos" as a gang.
Horrorcore-rap duo Insane Clown Posse, along with four fans, are suing the Department of Justice and the FBI, demanding that the agencies purge the fan name "Juggalos" from their list of gang members. "Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture," reads the complaint, filed this morning in federal court in Detroit.

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Jason Tate on 01/08/14 - 11:03 AM
Rick Ross is suing the now-on-hiatus icons of LMFAO for copyright infringement. Guess they forgot that God forgives, but Mr. Ross don't.
Blake Solomon on 01/03/14 - 08:58 AM
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot have been released from prison.
Jason Tate on 12/23/13 - 01:03 PM
Pussy Riot are going to be freed under amnesty. In other news, Putin is still a dick.
The Kremlin leader made clear he had no doubts about Russia's handling of both cases although it drew criticism from Western nations and a number of global celebrities. "I was not sorry that they (the Pussy Riot members) ended up behind bars," Putin said. "I was sorry that they were engaged in such disgraceful behaviour, which in my view was degrading to the dignity of women."
Jason Tate on 12/19/13 - 10:48 AM
Village Voice has a new interview with Jim DeRogatis, the reporter who broke the news of sexual assault charges against R. Kelly nearly 15 years ago. The interview complements DeRogatis' provision of the court documents and charges, which were previously little-reported or hard to unearth. It's rife with information many younger readers might want to read - it certainly laid out things I didn't know previously.
They were stomach churning. The one young woman, who had been 14 or 15 when R. Kelly began a relationship with her, detailed in great length, in her affidavits, a sexual relationship that began at Kenwood Academy: He would go back in the early years of his success and go to Lina...
Ryan Dennehy on 12/16/13 - 10:53 AM
A music lawyer estimates that Ian Watkins has probably made upwards of £100k ($163,040) since his arrest ... off of publishing royalties. This makes me irrationally angry.
His notoriety and renewed publicity when he is sentenced could even cause a cash generation spike as music sales and internet searches rise. Music lawyer Craig Brookes explained that as the band's lyricist, Watkins will be in line for a big cut of any fees generated. 'The biggest income stream will almost certainly be publishing which, even if radio play has stopped, will still be pretty big,' he told Wales on Sunday.
Jason Tate on 12/15/13 - 09:43 PM
Reports are coming in that Pussy Riot may soon be free.
We’ve just spoken to Pyotr Verzilov, husband of imprisoned member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is confirming the rumors about both members, Nadya and Maria Alyokhina, being freed under the amnesty bill being submitted by the Kremlin to parliament to mark the Russian constitution’s 20th anniversary on Thursday. Nadya’s father Andrei has also been able to confirm this from “reliable sources.”

“It’s from the Kremlin and official already, they will be freed,” Pyotr told us today. Though he added, “We do not know yet when this will happen, because it is unclear when the bill will be voted by the Duma and how fast it will be applied to...
Jason Tate on 12/12/13 - 10:09 AM
When GoldieBlox pulled the parody of the Beastie Boys' song "Girls" from their toy commercial, I thought that would be the end of it. I was wrong. The Beastie Boys have now sued the toymaker for copyright and trademark infringement and demanded a jury trial.
Jason Tate on 12/11/13 - 11:51 AM
A Croatian community association in France is suing Bob Dylan and the French version of Rolling Stone magazine for racism.
Dylan, of course, was at the vanguard of the artistic wing of the Civil Rights movement, so it may seem impossible that anyone could accuse him of such a thing. But the Croatian group appears not to have appreciated comments made in Rolling Stone’s cover interview of Dylan from this September.
Jason Tate on 12/02/13 - 01:12 PM
The other members of Lostprophets have released a statement after the legal events of last week.
Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny.

Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge....
Jason Tate on 11/30/13 - 06:40 PM
Three were reportedly arrested at the The Casualties show at the Marquis in Denver for "calling out Jorge's sexual assault" and have had their bond set at $100.

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Jason Tate on 11/25/13 - 12:49 PM
I made a comment in the news post about the Beastie Boys' song "Girls" being used in a pretty awesome commercial, that it was one of the rare times the band has allowed this to happen. Looks like I spoke too soon. According to a lawsuit filed by Goldieblox, "the Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement. Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use and that GoldieBlox's unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a 'big problem' that has a 'very significant impact.'"
Is that "fair use"? To answer the question, a judge will be looking at the four factors of fair...
Jason Tate on 11/25/13 - 11:41 AM
Lambgoat is reporting that Tim Lambesis' (As I Lay Dying) wife is seeking two million dollars in a civil suit.
In this case, Meggan Lambesis is asking $1 million for emotional distress and $25,000 in medical expenses to date, in addition to $75,000 for future medical expenses and $1 million in punitive damages. The suit also seeks attorneys' fees.

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Jason Tate on 11/19/13 - 02:47 PM
The Russian agency that helped throw a Lady Gaga concert in St. Petersburg has been fined because the show "promoted homosexuality and alcohol consumption."
Jason Tate on 11/18/13 - 11:29 AM
The BBC is reporting that folk singer Roy Harper has been charged with sexual abuse of a child.
Folk singer Roy Harper has been charged with sexually abusing a girl from the age of 12. The 72-year-old is due before Hereford Magistrates' Court on Monday accused of nine counts of sexual assault. West Mercia Police said the offences are alleged to have been committed in Herefordshire between 1975 and 1977 and relate to one victim.
Jason Tate on 11/15/13 - 11:59 AM
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the missing jailed Pussy Riot member, has reportedly turned up at a hospital in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk.
"She was in good condition. She said her conditions were OK," Verzilov said by phone. "She's not sick right now, she’s just having procedures and tests related to the hunger strike." Verzilov added that conditions at the hospital were satisfactory. Although the facility does treat tuberculosis, it functions as an ordinary hospital. The activist had been missing for 24 days, after she was abruptly moved from a camp in Mordovia, where she had been serving her sentence. She told Verzilov that during the time of her disappearance, she had been kept from...
Jason Tate on 11/14/13 - 01:09 PM
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