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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
Irving Azoff has asked YouTube to pull roughly 20,000 songs off their site ... according to Billboard, they have not complied. This may get messy.
YouTube may have made deals with record labels, but to publicly perform songs, the company also has to take care of songwriters, which Azoff says are "massively underpaid" when it comes to digital services. Many songwriters are handled by publishers working through performance rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI, but Azoff is spearheading a new venture, Global Music Rights (GMR), which has managed to sign up about 42 songwriters like Smokey Robinson and Chris Cornell, who collectively have published about 20,000 songs.
Jason Tate on 11/18/14 - 04:51 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 He has now withdrawn the charge.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 - 05:08 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 - 09:34 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 - 01:44 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 - 11:49 AM
According to TMZ, Kesha has filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke for alleged sexual assault and battery.
In one instance, Kesha claims he forced her to snort something before getting on a plane … and during the trip he forced himself on her while she was drugged. On another occasion, Kesha claims after forcing her to drink with him, Dr. Luke gave her what he called "sober pills." Kesha claims she woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke's bed, sore, sick … and with no memory of how she got there.
Drew Beringer on 10/14/14 - 11:42 AM
Sanluisobispo.com has posted more details on ex-New Found Glory member Steven Klein's legal case.
Prosecutors have not alleged that any physical contact occurred, and the supposedly underage girls have never been identified by investigators. Klein has pleaded not guilty to all charges. On Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Julie Antos played five videos in the courtroom for Superior Court Judge John Trice, Klein and his attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu that allegedly showed audio-less, screen-captured video of Klein carrying on sexually explicit activity with girls on the stranger-based chat website Omegle.
Jason Tate on 09/24/14 - 09:32 PM
Remember how Kanye got sentenced to 250 hours of community service a while back and it was reported he'd be teaching a fashion class? Looks like that's come to fruition: head to Complex to read a students account of Professor Yeezy's first class.

A highlight? "He did not mention the word Addidas at all."

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Ryan Dennehy on 09/24/14 - 12:31 PM
Robin Thicke admits he didn't really write "Blurred Lines."
Robin Thicke admitted in court that he didn’t really help write the 2013 smash "Blurred Lines" -- in part because he was high on the painkiller Vicodin when the song was being written.

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Jason Tate on 09/16/14 - 10:29 AM
A Disney representative has responded to Rolling Stone about the whole Deadmau5 thing.
Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr. Zimmerman's attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation. Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.
Jason Tate on 09/08/14 - 12:16 PM
Exodus, a metal band, has posted a statement after a fan of theirs was arrested in Kentucky for posting the lyrics to "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)" on his Facebook page.
The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society. The song was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration.
Jason Tate on 09/05/14 - 11:58 AM
Deadmau5 is trying to trademark his mouse-ear-mask-helmet thing in the US -- apparently Disney isn't too happy with that.
In the docs, Disney states its ears have been a thing for more than 60 years, and says granting Deadmau5 the trademark would damage its business in the U.S. and around the world.
Jason Tate on 09/03/14 - 11:21 AM
Ex-Betrayal drummer Tony Ramirez has been arrested on suspicion of possessing and dealing child pornography. The band has released the following statement:
We just wanted to address everything going on with Tony. First, I want to say how shocked and disappointed we are about the allegations in the news regarding him. This is something that we would have never expected to hear about him. With that being said, Tony has not been a member of Betrayal for over two years. He had some unfortunate events happen in his life that did not allow him to commit full time and be a member of this band. If you follow us, you would notice that Tony hasn’t been in our promo pictures or on tour with...
Jake Denning on 08/20/14 - 01:33 PM
Three major labels are taking VKontakte, a Russian social-network (and the website where New Found Glory's recent single leaked), to court over piracy.
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...
Jason Tate on 08/12/14 - 11:52 AM
In the grand tradition of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber's snarky and confrontational depositions -- TMZ has acquired a transcript of Kanye West's deposition during the court proceedings over his assault of a paparazzi last summer. It includes Ye telling the photog's lawyer that he "represents scum," "needs a hall pass" to use the n-word, compares celebrities to pre-Civil Rights Movement black Americans, and that he's "the smartest fucking celebrity you'll ever meet. I'm not Britney Spears." No, no you are not, Kanye, and we love you for it.
Ryan Dennehy on 08/06/14 - 01:12 PM
Billboard is reporting that Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are suing the Russian government for Human Rights violations.
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.
Jason Tate on 07/29/14 - 10:17 AM
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that the musician Kasey Anderson has been sentented to nearly four years in prison for an elaborate con.
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.
Jason Tate on 07/28/14 - 12:09 PM
Billboard has a good run-down of the current lawsuit Sony Music is facing from claims they "cheated" American Idol stars.
The litigation explores quite a bit of ground in the modern music business, from the way in which a music major like Sony accounts for revenue off of platforms like Spotify and iTunes to how advertising expenditures are treated. One topic that was largely overshadowed when 19 Recordings filed its claims this past February was Sony's alleged duty to share the spoils of its proceeds from big battles on the copyright front. For example, three years ago, Sony was among the record majors that extracted $105 million in settlement from file-sharing LimeWire. Does the money...
Jason Tate on 07/22/14 - 01:28 PM
Tim Lambesis was denied his petition for a reduced prison sentence.
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.
Jason Tate on 07/18/14 - 03:31 PM
Radio.com is reporting Tim Lambesis is going back court to try and get his sentence reduced a year, claiming a "custody-credit" for the year he spent under house arrest.
“There will be a hearing on July 18th to determine if the time Lambesis spent on house arrest will count as credits towards his prison term,” prosecutor Claudia Grasso stated in an email.

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Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 11:39 AM
A federal judge has dismissed Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit against the FBI.
Jason Tate on 07/08/14 - 11:23 AM
Billboard has obtained "a typical contract" being offered by YouTube to indie label partners for its new subscription service.
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...
Jason Tate on 06/23/14 - 02:55 PM
The US Justice Department has asked that the Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit, which ICP filed to defend their fans, be dismissed.
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.
Jason Tate on 06/23/14 - 11:59 AM
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.
Jason Tate on 06/12/14 - 12:38 PM
The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in their trial against Monster Beverage Corp.
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.
Jason Tate on 06/05/14 - 03:58 PM
The Justice Department is planning a review of the music license rules in the US.
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.
Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 12:46 PM
Members of Fueled by Ramen's Ghost Town are being sued for copyright infringement by the hip-hop artist Baked Alaska for the song "Universe." We've received a copy of the complaint that was filed in Los Angeles yesterday from the law firm Karish & Bjorgum.
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 12:40 PM
Monster Energy Drink has released a statement as their trial with Beastie Boys begins in court this week.
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],...
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 12:30 PM
TMZ is reporting that Dexter Holland of The Offspring is being sued for over $700k.
Cessna's finance corp says the rocker is $782,422.16 in the hole to them ... according to a lawsuit filed this week, and obtained by TMZ. Holland's fly guy issues date back to 2007 when ... according to the docs ... he financed a plane, but eventually had trouble making the payments. Cessna claims it struck a deal with Holland: He sold the aircraft privately, gave those funds to Cessna ... and they gave him until 2017 to pay off the remaining balance. He also had to put up 2 other planes he owns as collateral.
Jason Tate on 05/25/14 - 09:04 PM
Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism for their song "Stairway To Heaven."
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."

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Jason Tate on 05/20/14 - 11:44 AM
Ronnie Radke's former girlfriend, Sally Watts, has posted on Twitter that Ronnie pleaded "no contest" to domestic battery today.

Update: Ronnie has posted on Twitter he pleaded no contest to domestic disturbance, not battery.
Jason Tate on 05/14/14 - 02:54 PM
The Misfits have responded to Danzig's lawsuit.
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...
Jason Tate on 05/08/14 - 01:01 PM
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.
Ryan Dennehy on 05/08/14 - 07:24 AM
TMZ is reporting that Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco has filed a lawsuit against former roommate Shane Valdes.
Brendon Urie claims in the suit — obtained by TMZ — he lived with a guy named Shane Valdez from 2008 - January, 2010. Urie admits to doing something incredibly stupid — giving his roomie access to his personal bank account to pay shared living expenses.

Urie claims it wasn’t until November 2013 — long after they stopped living together - that he noticed Valdez had made 70 withdrawals totaling $127,269.54.
Jason Tate on 04/29/14 - 05:03 PM
Former police officer and lead singer of the metal band Cousin Sleaze has pleaded guilty of fraud in New York.
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.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:55 AM
A photographer was not happy with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus using one of his photos without permission. The entire ordeal can be found on Rohan Anderson's page.
Many things shocked me about this response, usually I receive an email saying something along the lines of “Sorry! We weren’t sure of the original owner, we’ve taken it down for you.”. The fact that they decided to “ban” me from any future shows simply for standing up for my intellectual property absolutely stuns me.


Update: It looks like this has now been worked out.
Jason Tate on 04/21/14 - 11:57 AM
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 - 12:58 PM
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 - 03:06 PM
Drake has been sued over the spoke word sample in "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music."
Jason Tate on 04/17/14 - 12:12 PM
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 - 04:29 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 - 12:49 PM
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