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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
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
Jason Tate on 01/18/13 - 10:58 AM
Owl City, Matt Thiessen and Carly Rae Jepsen are among those being sued by Ally Burnett, a songwriter who alleges "Good Time" infringes on her track "Ah, It's a Love Song." Listen to both and judge for yourself in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 10/30/12 - 03:30 PM
Travis Barker (Blink 182) recently took to twitter to discuss (rant?) being pulled over, again, by the LAPD police.
Jason Tate on 10/22/12 - 09:23 AM
It appears that Pussy Riot may be getting freed from jail.
Dre Okorley on 09/13/12 - 02:51 PM
Last week in Salina, Kansas, all the members and road crew of I See Stars were arrested for drug possession. Of course some band members were tweeting about said experience.
Jason Tate on 09/04/12 - 09:31 AM
Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Their sentence will be announced later today.

Update: The three members of Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison. You can read translated closing statements from each of them here.
Dre Okorley on 08/17/12 - 04:55 AM
Following his recent arrest, Ronnie Radke will be going to trial by jury beginning August 27th.

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Jason Tate on 08/15/12 - 02:04 PM
Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse was arrested on Monday in Glendale for "alleged domestic assault."
Jason Tate on 08/08/12 - 11:29 AM
Lord Finesse is suing Mac Miller for using the track "Hip 2 Da Game" without permission on his K.I.D.S. mixtape.
Dre Okorley on 07/11/12 - 11:41 PM
Lauryn Hill has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges and could face up to three years in prison.
Dre Okorley on 06/30/12 - 10:33 AM
Brother Ali was recently detained for participating in an Occupy Homes protest. His court date is scheduled for July 6.

Edit: You can read the interview concerning his arrest here.
Dre Okorley on 06/25/12 - 11:20 AM
Morrissey's libel case against NME has been put to rest.
From the Article NME is pleased that it has buried the hatchet with Morrissey in respect of the libel case he brought against us in 2007. Morrissey sued over an article based on interviews with him which he believed accused him of racism. After an on-going dialogue with Morrissey and his representatives, NME today publishes a clarification in the magazine and online which makes it clear that we do not believe we ever called Morrissey a racist and nor do we believe he is. We have said sorry to Morrissey for any misunderstanding that may have arisen. The settlement with Morrissey does not involve payment of any damages or legal...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/14/12 - 09:36 AM
Looks like someone stole Axl Rose's gold and diamond necklaces valued at around 200k.

Update: Looks like they've been found by a model that woke up with them in her purse, "by accident."


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Jason Tate on 06/07/12 - 11:45 AM
Jacobi Wichita's singer, Brendan Coleman-Rodriguez, has been charged with "a violent sexual assault."
From the ArticleSgt. Thomas Roncinske, a detective bureau supervisor, said Coleman-Rodriguez's arrest was the result of a "three-month intensive investigation," and Detective David Orr was the lead investigator on the case. "The victim was very courageous in coming forward," he said. "Her actions probably saved someone else from becoming a victim."
Jason Tate on 06/07/12 - 11:27 AM
Joe Escalante from The Vandals is campaigning to become a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. The Atlantic wrote a story about Escalante and the free-speech issue he is currently facing in his campaign.
From the Article After racking up 20 years as an attorney and some 480 hours as a volunteer temporary judge presiding over everything from unlawful detainer lawsuits to small-claims cases, Escalante this year decided to put his name on the ballot for an open judicial seat for the upcoming June 5 election. He even has a red-, white-, and blue-hued campaign poster designed by Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic HOPE image of President Barack Obama.

But it hasn't exactly...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/02/12 - 01:16 PM
OneRepublic's Eddie Fisher was arrested on Tuesday in Denver on suspicion of assault, disturbing the peace and destruction of private property, according to police.
Jason Tate on 05/16/12 - 10:43 AM
The man who was accused of attacking Madina Lake's bassist has been found: "not guilty."
From the ArticleLeone - who suffered a fractured skull, broken nose and fractured jaw during the attack - was treated at Chicago's University of Illinios Department of Neurosurgery. There, he had one-third of his skull removed to allow the swelling in his brain to go down.

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Jason Tate on 05/07/12 - 11:33 AM
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.
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
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