Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, from esophageal cancer. Now Donald Fagen is suing his estate. [Update: Becker’s estate responds.] The issue, it seems, is the name “Steely Dan.” Or whatever that is. The two had signed what is known as a “Buy/Sell Agreement” after the band formed in 1972, which essentially lets one … Continue reading What’s In a Name?
There are a lot of music—what? Not purists, exactly. And not scholars. I guess music…grouches—out there crowing about the recent ruling against Robin Thicke and Pharrell re: “Blurred Lines.” I love Marvin Gaye as much as the next guy and also believe artists should be compensated for their work, but this verdict is nonsense. And … Continue reading The Sue Me, Sue You Blues and “Blurred Lines”
In case anyone’s confused about why Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, and now reportedly Courtney Love (who approved the deal) would care about the use of Kurt Cobain‘s likeness in Guitar Hero need look no further than this video: Video: Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5 Love has threatened to sue Activision for allowing Cobain to … Continue reading Video of Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero
How would you like to be charged $1.92 million for 24 songs? That’s a lot of money. Uggh. More. Via Techdirt.
Video: Dark Night Of The Soul Despite the fact that you can stream the album in its entirety right now at NPR, it looks like Dark Night of the Soul, the collaboration between Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and David Lynch with vocals by James Mercer, Wayne Coyne, Gruff Rhys, Jason Lytle, Julian Casablancas, Frank Black, Iggy … Continue reading Danger Mouse-Sparklehorse-David Lynch Album Scrapped
Well, this certainly isn’t going to help our case to get Wilco to re-hire Jay Bennett: Wilco Ex-Member Sues Jeff Tweedy For Royalties. In the Washington Post‘s coverage of the lawsuit, they link to our 2002 interview with Bennett wherein he listed all of his contributions to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Update: Jim DeRogatis points out … Continue reading Jay Bennett Sues Jeff Tweedy for Wilco Royalties
MP3.com founder and current MP3Tunes CEO Michael Robertson has counter-sued EMI for distributing free MP3s via MP3 blogs and its own sites, and allowing anyone to download them, “except, apparently, MP3tunes”: MP3Tunes has made detailed factual allegations that EMI and its affiliates have been engaging in massive free distribution, over the internet, using its own … Continue reading MP3Tunes Sues EMI for Sharing MP3s
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an in-depth report on the first five years of the RIAA’s lawsuits against file sharers: On September 8, 2003, the recording industry sued 261 American music fans for sharing songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, kicking off an unprecedented legal campaign against the people that should be the recording … Continue reading RIAA Suing Fans: Five Years Later
Well, the RIAA didn’t technically lose the trial, but a federal judge declared a mistrial and threw out the verdict against a Kazaa user who had been ordered to pay the recording industry $222,000 for allegedly sharing music online: U.S. District Judge Michael Davis of Duluth, Minn., declared a mistrial in the case against Thomas, … Continue reading RIAA Loses Another Filesharing Trial
Just when we’d almost forgotten that they were ever even in the band, James Iha and D’Arcy Wretzky-Brown have sued Virgin Records for not paying them for “music downloads and other digitally delivered Smashing Pumpkins music.” Iha and Wretzky-Brown, who were founding members of the Smashing Pumpkins, said in their lawsuit that, five years after … Continue reading Iha and D'Arcy Sue for Pumpkins Royalties