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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
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
Three members of Quiet Out Loud have quit the band according to a blog post by ex-member Matt Lillie. I know what you're thinking, "who the fuck are these guys and why do I care?" Well, I'm with you ... I'm only posting it because someone threatened to sue Zack for this same post and well, fuck that.
Then he proceeded to threaten me with physical violence while to claim everything as his own when the rest of the band including myself decided to go on with the show with a fill in. So that we didn’t hurt the bands reputation or let down fans. (picture below). Now last time I check a “good mature 28 year old man” doesn’t do this type of stuff. Also over the past few days he has proceeded...
Jason Tate on 12/02/13 - 01:45 PM
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
GoldieBlox has pulled their "Girls" ad and written an open letter to the Beastie Boys, which can be found below.
We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.

When we made our parody version of your song, “Girls”, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.

Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with...
Jason Tate on 11/27/13 - 01:26 PM
After Lostprophets' vocalist Ian Watkins was charged with several accounts of child sex offences and previously "furiously denying" the charges earlier in the year, he has now plead guilty to the majority of offences.

Update: More detailed (and distressing) updates on the charges heard in court have been added to the BBC News page.

Update #2: ITV News reporter, Rupert Evelyn, is currently live tweeting the court proceedings. Be warned, although he is "heavily editing" the details, it makes for an incredibly unsettling read.
Kyle Huntington on 11/26/13 - 06:49 AM
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
A group known as the Center for Copyright Information (backed by copyright groups like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America) are reportedly developing a curriculum in California to teach elementary schoolers the value of copyright and the dangers of piracy. I don't have enough snark left in me to say anything else.
Jason Tate on 11/11/13 - 11:44 AM
Lambgoat is reporting that Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) is now set to appear before Judge Aaron Katz on Wednesday, November 13th at the North County Superior Courthouse in Vista, CA for an "arraignment on information" hearing.
Jason Tate on 11/08/13 - 09:54 AM
PropertyOfZack is reporting on a new A Day To Remember and Victory Records case development that alleges the band paid John Janick (at the time of Fueled By Ramen) a sum of $450,000 over a period of four years as a manager to the band. However, the court has ruled that Janick was not acting as a manager and that means a variety of things for the case, including that Janick can now be deposed. You can read a rundown of the case here and view the latest document (sent in by Tony of Victory Records) here.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/07/13 - 05:14 PM
Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who went "missing" last week, is being sent to a prison colony in the depths of Siberia, according to her relatives and lawyers.
Tolokonnikova's husband Petya Verzilov says that he's received "100 percent reliable" information that indicates that Nadya is being moved to a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region, which is four times zones and 2,000 miles from Moscow.

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Jason Tate on 11/06/13 - 10:46 AM
Reports are coming in that imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been missing since Oct. 21 following a prison transfer.
Tolokonnikova's father and husband said they last knew her precise whereabouts on Oct. 21, when she was suddenly taken from her prison colony in the Russian republic of Mordovia and moved without explanation from Russian officials. "No one knows anything," her father, Andrei Tolokonnikov, said by telephone from Moscow. "There’s no proof she's alive, we don't know the state of her health. Is she sick? Has she been beaten?" Tolokonnikova, 23, was moved after launching a hunger strike to protest horrific prison conditions. She had also written an open...
Jason Tate on 11/01/13 - 12:45 PM
Former Third Eye Blind guitarist Anthony Fredianelli was awarded nearly half a million dollars from a California jury, ruling that the band failed to pay him the tour income he was owed.
Drew Beringer on 10/22/13 - 04:40 PM
I had the opportunity to sit down with the lead singer of A Day to Remember, Jeremy McKinnon, and talk about boring things things like life, pets, and favorite foods ... wait, no, that would be stupid ... we talked about the band's three year journey to put out their new album Common Courtesy, the current legal situation with Victory Records, and the history behind why the band signed to the label with such a vague contract in the first place. It's a wild ride.
The only thing he was trying to do with this is try and ruin our careers. He would always say that over the years when he would call us up, and we didn’t want to do something … for instance … he made us put out “Old Record.” And,...
Jason Tate on 10/08/13 - 10:40 AM
You either care about the current A Day to Remember vs Victory Records court case or you don't, and if you do, odds are you are a little confused about just what the fuck is going on. I'm going to be speaking with the band shortly for a longer piece about the new album and the ongoing legal stuff, and we've already read the statements from Victory. After pouring over countless court documents, talking to a variety of legal sources, and caring way too much about this (yeah, this stuff fascinates me, in another life, I wanted to argue in a courtroom instead of a message board all day) -- I've begun piecing together what we currently know.

First, if you just care about the music, here's...
Jason Tate on 10/07/13 - 03:28 PM
Update: AP.net writer, Thomas Nassiff, has reached out and recieved a statement from Victory Record's lawyer, Robert S. Meloni.
While Victory is disappointed with the ruling, and disagrees with the court's conclusions, it comes as no surprise. Courts rarely grant negative injunctions of this nature, but the circumstances of this case presented a unique opportunity for such a ruling. Having said that, in denying Victory's motion, the court's reasoning actually contained silver linings that significantly favored Victory. First, the court held that it supports Victory's argument about the construction of the recording contract – that ADTR is still obligated to deliver two more albums to...
Drew Beringer on 10/04/13 - 04:01 PM
Looks like today's court case between A Day To Remember and Victory Records was postponed. A new court date has not been set.
Drew Beringer on 10/02/13 - 04:47 PM
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying had his preliminary hearing yesterday to determine whether or not there was enough of a case to take to trial. There was and he'll be back in court on October 22nd for an arraignment where the actual trial date will be set. Also, a lock box full of all kinds of steroids and supplements were found in his home, along with $12,000 cash.

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Drew Beringer on 09/17/13 - 09:31 AM
Sky Ferreira and Zachary Cole (DIIV) were arrested early Saturday morning in Saugerties, New York. Ferreira, whose debut album releases next month on Capitol, was arrested "on misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest." Smith was "charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with the violations of unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance, unlicensed driver, and having an inadequate exhaust system."
Drew Beringer on 09/17/13 - 09:14 AM
Tyler Oleson, drummer for Modern Life Is War, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly leading Marshalltown, IA, police on a short chase which caused a collision with a squad car. Oleson was initially charged with alluding criminal mischief in the second degree for intentionally slamming on his brakes; aggravated assault for trying to run an officer off the road; and OWI first offense. The investigation is ongoing. The band will not be cancelling or postponing any of its upcoming shows.
The incident began Saturday night when Oleson, who was driving alongside a marked patrol car on Center Street, “basically flipped off the officer,” said Marshalltown police Sgt. Melinda Ruopp. The officer...
Drew Beringer on 09/08/13 - 06:54 PM
Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn and SST Records are suing Flag, along with Henry Rollins, alleging Rollins and Keith Morris attempted to patent the Black Flag logo, and name in September of 2012, thus committing fraud.
He sued his 1979-mid 1980s bandmates Friday, seeking an injunction against their current tour, which kicked off in May and will stop in Los Angeles (pending this case) for FYF Fest on August 24. The suit describes the alleged infringement of the logo and name "Flag" as "a colorable imitation" that's "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers."

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Jason Tate on 08/05/13 - 11:33 AM
Bad Religion's guitarist, Greg Hetson, has filed reports that claim his wife is "unstable and violent," "attacked him with a clothes hanger and hockey equipment," and "stole $18k from a joint bank account."
Jason Tate on 08/02/13 - 12:35 AM
Ten former American Idol contestants are suing the show (for 25 million dollars) for the allegedly racist policies set in place by its producers.
The group claims they were unjustly kicked off the show because of their race, accusing producers of orchestrating a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to juice ratings by allegedly digging up their criminal histories after they were accepted on the show in order to embarrass them in TV segments. According to their lawyer, James H. Freeman, they were treated unfairly by the producers. Freeman also says their arrest histories were obtained illegally, and the practice was used to find dirt only on black singers. None of the contestants, Freeman says,...
Jason Tate on 07/26/13 - 02:57 PM
A new report by Norwegian researchers at Ipsos claims that piracy has fallen in that country thanks to "viable alternative sources."
For example, music piracy has fallen from 1.2 billion songs in 2008 to 210 million last year. About 60 million movies and TV shows were pirated last year, compared to 125 million and 135 million five years ago. In short, access to paid content, whether via streaming or a la carte services, is slowly whittling away the impetus to pirate.
Jason Tate on 07/16/13 - 01:08 PM
mewithoutYou's Rick Mazotta was robbed at the Best Western in Bismark, ND. You can read an account of the incident on Yelp.
Around 5:54 am on June 27th 2013, my girlfriend was shaking me awake screaming that there was a man in our room, she saw a shadow rummaging through our bags. Immediately, instincts to protect her and another friend of mine had kicked in and I was off and running. What would have been otherwise undetected episode turned into a physical altercation. I was able to kick the man towards the door and it was then we both fell and he got up and took off.

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Jason Tate on 06/28/13 - 06:56 PM
You can read an update on Lostprophets' singer Ian Watkins case from this week here. He will go on trial later this year accused of 23 sexual offences involving children including two charges of raping a baby.

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Drew Beringer on 06/06/13 - 03:54 PM
Some new details on Tim Lambesis's case have surfaced, and he has switched lawyers.
Lambesis' next court date is currently scheduled for June 10th. At the bail hearing last week, Lambesis was accompanied by a new laywer, Thomas Warwick after originally being represented by Anthony Salerno. No word on why Salerno was let go, as he initially saved Lambesis from a potential life sentence. Salerno, in an interview alleged Lambesis was being set up as Lambesis' brother-in-law is a sheriff deputy. Lambesis new lawyer, Warwick claimed at last week's bail hearing that steroid use clouded Lambesis' judgement.

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Jason Tate on 05/24/13 - 10:34 AM
Maria Alyokhina, of Pussy Riot, went on hunger strike yesterday. An interview with her from prison can be found here.
need a lot of time. I don’t have a problem trying to explain, it helps me see the situation clearer, but clearly propaganda is doing its dirty job. At any encounter people tend to take a negative view on the situation. Everyone I speak to in person changes their opinion after a single conversation. And people become fascinated with the story, showing real and honest interest. There are a lot of people who actually do want to change the country for the better, who admit they have no rights and feel lost.
Jason Tate on 05/23/13 - 08:22 AM
Tim Lambesis' (As I Lay Dying) lawyer has claimed that steroids clouded Tim's judgement (he still holds to his plea of not guilty). The bail has been lowered to $2 million.
Thomas Warwick, the musician’s lawyer, said his client had gotten into body building and eating healthy, and later began taking nutritional supplements as a paid product spokesman. At some point, he also began taking steroids, he said. “His thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use,” Warwick said.

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Jason Tate on 05/20/13 - 12:15 PM
Looks like Rolex has filed a lawsuit against Jonathan Cook of Forever The Sickest Kids.

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Drew Beringer on 05/17/13 - 10:34 AM
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying has plead not guilty to attempting to hire a hit man to murder his wife. Bail is set at $3 million.
The prosecutor argued that Lambesis be held on $20 million bail, citing the musician’s wealth and global connections, but his defense attorney argued that the amount was unreasonable. If he bails out, he was ordered to stay away from his wife and their three children.
Jason Tate on 05/09/13 - 03:47 PM
Boston Police are posing as punk/indie-rockers online to get their catfish on and crack down on house shows after a nuisance control ordinance was recently passed.
Almost everyone in the DIY scene has had an experience with phony police emails, direct messages on Twitter, and interactions on social media. For some it's become just another part of the promotion business—a game of spot-the-narc in which the loser gets his show shut down. According to one local musician who asked not to be named, the day before a show this past weekend, police showed up at a house in the Allston neighborhood, home of many of these house shows, claiming that they already knew the bands scheduled to play....
Jason Tate on 03/29/13 - 09:57 AM
A UK band by the name of Twin Falls doesn't like that the new Twin Falls is using the name. I guess this is now awkward.
As it now stands, after seeking the small amount of legal advice that we could buy ourselves, the crux of this situation is that: regardless of how long we have been using the name, any attempt to stop the other party using it will have to involve a lengthy journey through the courts. In other words, at the end of the day, the person who has the most money and therefore the resource to fight their case to the bitter end, will win. We could pile all of our money into the situation, of course but eventually (probably quite quickly) our money will run out and our battle...
Jason Tate on 03/26/13 - 08:39 PM
Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) released a statement in regard to his latest court hearing.
Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time.

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Jason Tate on 03/13/13 - 02:20 PM
After Baauer's "Harlem Shake" reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100, Baauer and his label (Mad Decent) are being asked to pay royalties for the uncleared samples.
Both Mr. Musson and Mr. Delgado are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, which put out the single last year. The label and Mr. Rodrigues declined to comment. But the tale of how an obscure dance track containing possible copyright violations rose to the top of pop charts illustrates not only the free-for-all nature of underground dance music but also the power of an Internet fad to create a sudden hit outside the major-label system.

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Jason Tate on 03/11/13 - 01:23 PM
Norman Markus, the driver during Baroness' terrifying bus crash earlier this year in the UK, has been charged with reckless driving.
Jason Tate on 02/06/13 - 10:57 AM
Randy Blythe's (Lamb of God) manslaughter trial has been delayed due to a key witness falling ill.

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Jason Tate on 02/06/13 - 10:02 AM
Randy Blythe, vocalist of Lamb of God, starts his trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic today.

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Jason Tate on 02/04/13 - 02:11 PM
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