Ex-guitarist for Bury Your Dead, Eric Ellis, is on trial in Florida after being arrested for home invasion robberies, extortion and selling drugs.
Jason Tate on 04/05/12 - 12:25 PM
It may soon be illegal to troll in Arizona. Have fun policing that one.
From the ArticleArizona House Bill 2549 passed both legislative houses last Thursday and is now awaiting approval from Arizona's governor Brewer. The statute states that: "It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person."

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Jason Tate on 04/03/12 - 04:38 PM
Kanye West is being sued over an allegedly uncleared sample used in his remix of Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls," which appeared on the 2006 mixtape Freshmen Adjustment 2.
Jason Tate on 04/02/12 - 11:34 AM
Paramore has posted a blog letting fans know that yesterday the frivolous lawsuit claiming Paramore plagiarized another band's work regarding "The Only Exception" was officially dropped.
From the BlogThere was never a doubt in our minds that the case would go any further, as this song, which Paramore wrote every note of, is very personal to them and one they are extremely proud of.
Jason Tate on 03/21/12 - 11:57 AM
The Vandals guitarist (and lawyer by day) Joe Escalante is looking to become a judge in LA County.
From the ArticleI'm still smarting from a defending frivolous lawsuit for eight years so I want to effect change. I beat Fulbright & Jaworski and a giant media company that actually owns LexisNexis as well as Variety. They have 900 attorneys in their firm and I beat them in Federal Court, representing me, the band, the members and the record label. Whether I win or lose. I just want my campaign to make a difference. I do. I've watched too much corruption go on around me for too long and I really want to make a difference. When voters look at a ballot, they should know who they are voting...
Jason Tate on 03/14/12 - 12:50 PM
Boston says: No more moshing!!
From the ArticleThe Boston Herald reports that police cited the House of Blues for a license violation because of a mosh pit that broke out during a Feb. 21 show by Flogging Molly. Police say 60 concertgoers engaged in slam dancing.
Jason Tate on 03/13/12 - 10:32 AM
Came across an interesting article about how you can't pass your digital music collection down to your kids.
From the ArticlePassing your iTunes collection down to your kids isn’t the modern day equivalent to your dad passing his vinyl collection down to you. Once you take away the physical element, there is no sense of nostalgia inherent to that file itself. While there may be many a memory associated with a specific album or song, any copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy that you hand down holds no more sentimental value than a copy of that same song sitting on YouTube. You’re not giving them something of yours, but a distant manifestation of something you paid for.
Jason Tate on 02/21/12 - 02:52 PM
Variety has settled its lawsuit with The Vandals. The magazine sued the band for their 2004 parody version of the logo from Hollywood Potato Chip.
From The ArticleThis was the worst thing that's ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I've ever done. However, as my wife says, the crash course in federal court litigation made me a better lawyer. Hopefully this will be a lesson to other media companies and law firms with respect to how they deal with First Amendment issues in the Internet Age.
Jason Tate on 02/13/12 - 02:54 PM
Looks like Vevo, a music label joint venture for music videos, got caught illegally 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?
Jason Tate on 02/10/12 - 10:02 AM
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.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/24/12 - 11:41 AM
Danielle Delottinville, vocalist of Pantychrist, has been charged with murder.
From the ArticleThe retired antiques dealer was found dead in his John Street South apartment Dec. 22. Kovacs, 55, was discovered lying tied and taped with his hands behind his back. Police believe he’d been dead since Dec. 19. Two Port Hope men are also facing first-degree murder charges. George Cooke, 41, his nephew Matthew Cooke, 28, and Delottinville were all arrested without incident Wednesday.
Jason Tate on 01/20/12 - 09:04 AM
Megaupload is getting the axe. Federal prosecutors have shut it down and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
Jason Tate on 01/19/12 - 12:16 PM
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...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/18/12 - 06:55 AM
Russell Brand and Katy Perry are divorcing.
Jason Tate on 12/30/11 - 12:12 PM
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...
Jason Tate on 12/16/11 - 02:37 PM
A Day To Remember are suing Victory Records. Originally reported on The Gunz Show, the court documents surrounding the suit can be viewed here.

Update 2:
A Day to Remember responds.
Statement from the BandA Day To Remember would like to make it clear that they did not announce nor seek any attention regarding their ongoing suit with Victory Records. This information has been public record since May of 2011 and they have no intention of speaking publicly or disparagingly regarding their disagreement with Victory. A Day To Remember will continue to release music for their fans and are looking forward to touring in 2012.

Update: Victory Records has released a statement.
Christian Wagner on 12/14/11 - 07:17 PM
In today's "so weird it has to be true" news: The Supreme Court of Arkansas has overturned a murder conviction after a juror quoted Underoath on Twitter during the trial.
From the ArticleErickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted of murder in 2010 for shooting and robbing a teenager, Derrick Jefferson, after a party in Arkansas four years earlier. He had been due to be put to death by lethal injection. Mr Dimas-Martinez's lawyers appealed against the conviction after Randy Franco tweeted his thoughts despite the judge's instructions that jurors must not post comments on the internet or discuss the case on their mobiles.

Mr Franco tweeted: "Choices to be made. Hearts to be broken......
Jason Tate on 12/14/11 - 10:35 AM
Ticketmaster has 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.

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Dre Okorley on 12/06/11 - 05:32 AM
Coastal has changed its name to Placeholder due to legal reasons.
Christian Wagner on 11/16/11 - 08:12 PM
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."
Jason Tate on 11/01/11 - 11:19 AM
A new bill is being pushed through congress that could land Youtube cover song uploaders in jail for up to five years. The face of the campaign to stop this bill is, naturally, Justin Bieber. Learn more here.
Blake Solomon on 10/26/11 - 07:12 AM
Jonny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance) is due in court tomorrow on 2 counts of illegal drug use, 2 counts of possession of narcotics, and 1 count of failure to appear.

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Sean Rizzo on 10/20/11 - 01:37 PM
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.

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Sean Rizzo on 10/20/11 - 12:39 PM
Syl Johnson has sued Kanye West and Jay-Z for sampling his song "Different Strokes", which he claims wasn't cleared for use on their track "The Joy".
Dre Okorley on 10/18/11 - 10:00 AM
Coheed and Cambria's bassist has been arrested for armed robbery.
Message from the BandMichael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour. Wes Styles, long time member of the Coheed family will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled. We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax.
Jason Tate on 07/10/11 - 09:13 PM
Jammie Thomas-Rasset has lost her illegal downloading case to Capital Records, and she has been ordered to pay $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs on Kazaa; this breaks down to $62,500 per song.
Adrian Villagomez on 11/04/10 - 05:34 PM
T.I. had his probation revoked and will serve 11 months in prison

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Blake Solomon on 10/15/10 - 02:26 PM
Paramore is being sued by a band called Tenspoke Indies for similarities between one of their songs and "The Only Exception".

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Blake Solomon on 10/15/10 - 02:13 PM
Bruno Mars was arrested last night for possession of narcotics.

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Blake Solomon on 09/20/10 - 06:32 PM
Read a response from Jon Foreman about his recent removal from a parking lot after a show.

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Blake Solomon on 08/17/10 - 07:12 PM
Trace Cyrus is being sued by his former Metro Station bandmates.

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Blake Solomon on 07/15/10 - 08:01 AM
Move over illegal file sharers, the music industry has their sights on someone else.
Adam Pfleider on 07/14/10 - 03:11 PM
Kanye West is being sued by Virginia rapper Vince P over the lyrics to West's song "Stronger."

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Blake Solomon on 06/30/10 - 07:31 AM
The RIAA has successfully sued Limewire for lots and lots of money.

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Blake Solomon on 06/16/10 - 06:00 AM
Kid CuDi was arrested this weekend in New York for possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief.

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Blake Solomon on 06/13/10 - 07:28 AM
Warner Brothers is being sued for pirating anti-pirating technology.

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Blake Solomon on 05/31/10 - 07:59 AM
Truth & Salvage Company singer Tim Jones was arrested and jailed for trespassing...in his own hotel room. Details after the jump.
Steve Henderson on 05/18/10 - 10:22 AM
The Bigger Lights' van was robbed last night.

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Blake Solomon on 04/03/10 - 02:47 PM
Fucked Up are being sued for defamation against their SXSW showcase sponsor, Thriller Energy Drinks.
Adam Pfleider on 04/01/10 - 11:08 AM
Lady Gaga is being sued for $30 million by her ex-boyriend/producer Rob Fusari.

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Blake Solomon on 03/19/10 - 09:24 PM
Bloggers beware. It seems we're the next target of copyright infringement.
Adam Pfleider on 02/25/10 - 12:23 PM
The White Stripes claim the Air Force used one of their songs without permission.

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Blake Solomon on 02/09/10 - 06:24 PM
Men At Work were found guilty today for plagiarizing the flute riff from their mega-hit "Down Under." The riff was found to originate in the folk tune "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" written by Marion Sinclair in 1935. Music company Larrikin is demanding between 40 and 60 percent of the all time earning from the tune.

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Blake Solomon on 02/04/10 - 07:53 AM
The Fold are being sued. Could it be because of "Every Band in the USA"?
Blake Solomon on 01/06/10 - 07:47 AM
Activision is counter suing No Doubt over the usage of the band's images in Band Hero.

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Blake Solomon on 12/10/09 - 08:16 AM
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