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...
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.
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.
This is an odd story to try and follow - but this is what I've pieced together: Two days ago, a woman made an accusation that she was raped in her sleep by the lead singer of Gaza. The band responded on Facebook (message in the replies), and now the accuser has removed the aforementioned statement from her page and replaced it with a new one that says, "Neither of us are retracting our respective statements— instead we are deciding to not discuss it further and move on. This agreement means I will be unable to answer questions about this. I want to apologize to Gaza as a whole, my intention never was to damper the reputation or musical careers of the members, and I apologize to them." ... read more
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."