Eriq Gardner, writing for The Hollywood Reporter:
"Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: work with her alleged abuser...or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away," writes her attorney. "She is precluded from working in perpetuity because the term of her contract can only be satisfied if she records three more albums. Kesha needs the Court’s assistance."
Jason Tate on 10/30/15 - 10:37 AM
Courthouse News Service, out of Chicago, is reporting that Victory Records is suing Streetlight Manifesto.
Having received notices from Victory objecting to the release of the infringing Toh Kay album, Kalnoky informed the label that the band considers itself no longer bound by the 2002 agreement, according to the complaint. Victory seeks more than $1 million in damages for the band's failure to deliver a fourth studio album, pursuant to its record contract, and damages for copyright infringement.
Jason Tate on 10/20/15 - 05:02 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
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
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
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
Unlocking The Truth talk to Buzzfeed about how they are trying to exit their 1.8 million dollar contract with Sony Music.
"Our attorneys are in the process of us exiting the label," Dawkins said, with the band’s manager Alan Sacks and his partner Kevin Jonas Sr. (the team behind the Jonas Brothers) sitting nearby. The reason? "Just complications," Dawkins said.

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Jason Tate on 03/16/15 - 11:35 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
Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday was arrested over the weekend for DWI. A court date has been set for April.
Jason Tate on 02/18/15 - 01:34 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
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
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 - 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
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 - 10:42 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 - 08:32 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 - 11:31 AM
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 - 09:29 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 - 11:16 AM
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 - 10:58 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 - 10:21 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 - 12:33 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 - 10:52 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 - 12:12 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 - 09:17 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 - 11:09 AM
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