Joe Escalante from The Vandals is campaigning to become a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. The Atlanticwrote a story about Escalante and the free-speech issue he is currently facing in his campaign.
Looks like Vevo, a music label joint venture for music videos, got caughtillegally streaming an NFL game at a Sundance party. While the hypocrisy is ridiculously ripe - I think it also points out just how much easier piracy can be than legal options. Odds of any legal ramifications for the executives involved?
With last week's takedown of MegaUpload, more attention is being brought to the story that the people behind MegaUpload had been planning the launch of a new music service called MegaBox. MegaBox, in its beta stages, would allow artists to upload and sell their music to fans, all while keeping 90% of the earnings. MegaBox would also pay artists even if people download their music for free - as a result, some suspicion around the internet is that major labels like UMG were pushing for MegaUpload's recent takedown because of the threat MegaBox would present to traditional models of music distribution.
The Gainesville, Fla.-based digital music service Grooveshark has been in the midst of an enormous lawsuit with major record company EMI Group, Ltd. since late last year/early this year. The lawsuit originated when this expose appeared on Digital Music News, about an artist unable to get his music removed from Grooveshark; and Universal Music/EMI sought legal action after reading what an anonymous commenter, claiming to be an employee of Grooveshark, had to say about the situation. In short, the highlights of the supposed Grooveshark employee's statement include: "...Are the above legal, or ethical? Of course not. ... And, to confirm the fears of the members of King Crimson, there is no...
The Verge is reporting that when Universal Music Group removed the video for "I Use Megaupload," they did so by using a backdoor into YouTube because "the music label has a special agreement with YouTube that allows it to directly remove content even when it doesn't infringe a copyright it holds." Ummm...
Ticketmasterhas to refund $1.50 for every ticket order since 1999, because they did not advertise that their huge processing fees were only for large profits. They have now opted to post a profits notice so that they can continue charging the fees. Tickets delivered by UPS will receive an additional $5 rebate for deceptive expedited fees.
Indiestar is reporting that Jonny Craig has been released from prison “by order of the judge through California’s drug diversion program. Upon his release, Mr. Craig is court ordered to complete time in drug rehab."
Louisiana has passed a law outlawing the use of cash in transactions for secondhand goods to make it more difficult for thieves to pawn stolen goods (such as band equipment) without leaving a paper trail.