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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
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 - 12:28 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 - 02:31 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 - 10:39 AM
A federal judge has dismissed Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit against the FBI.
Jason Tate on 07/08/14 - 10:23 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 - 01:55 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 - 10:59 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 - 11:38 AM
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 - 02:58 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 - 11:46 AM
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 - 11:40 AM
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 - 11:30 AM
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 - 08:04 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 - 10:44 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 - 01:54 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 - 12:01 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 - 06:24 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 - 04:03 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 - 06:55 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 - 10:57 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 - 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
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
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
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
Counting Crows are suing Universal Music Group over unpaid digital royalties.

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Chris Collum on 01/15/14 - 07:41 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
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