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
Remember that case we told you about a few months ago where UMG claimed that it was illegal for recipients of promo CDs to re-sell them or even to throw them away? Well, a judge disagreed, and held the the “first sale” doctrine. Liberation Day for Promo CDs: Victory in UMG v. Augusto: In its … Continue reading Wanna Buy Some Promo CDs? It's Legal!
So remember that court case we talked about a couple months ago, the one where the RIAA was saying that just making the files available equals infringement even if nobody downloaded them from you? Well, the RIAA lost. Big Victory in Atlantic v. Howell: Court Rejects RIAA "Making Available" Theory: In its order (pdf), the … Continue reading RIAA Loses "Making Available" Case
I hate all the Yoko hate. I think it’s misguided and generally racist and sexist hogwash. She didn’t break up the Beatles and she didn’t dupe John Lennon. Yoko does occasionally makes some really odd and heavy handed legal moves and this week’s action might just take the cake. In what appears to be yet … Continue reading Ono Sues Lennon
The Oregon state Attorney General’s office has submitted a brief questioning the data mining tactics and subpoena practices employed by the RIAA. The gist is that the AG is asking how the RIAA identified 17 University of Oregon students accused of copyright infringement since the university was unable to provide details on user-to-IP address mapping … Continue reading Oregon Challenges RIAA Tactics
Last week, we talked about how the Washington Post fucked up its RIAA story about a case where a dude ripped his CD into his Shared Folder for Kazaa. The RIAA says that just making the files available equals infringement even if nobody downloaded them. But that’s not what the law says, and now the … Continue reading Attempted Distribution?
The Washington Post admits it missed the fundamental premise of the widely reported copyright infringement lawsuit, Atlantic vs. Howell.
Elliott Smith’s girlfriend Jennifer Chiba has lost a California appellate court case where she claimed she was entitled to a portion of Smith’s estate “because they had lived together, shared equally their earnings and property and held themselves out to the public as husband and wife. Smith, she claimed, promised to support Chiba for the … Continue reading Elliott Smith’s Girlfriend Cut Off
According to Variety, the RIAA faces a very serious lawsuit that could force them to stop suing their customers: The case — filed in Oregon and asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act — details the RIAA’s alleged use of “illegal and flawed” methods when … Continue reading RIAA Brought Up On RICO Charges (Finally)
Bowzer fights against musical imposters – Sha Na Na’s Jon “Bowzer” Bauman has been lobbying states “for laws to prevent phonies and fakers from passing themselves off as authentic members of groups like the Platters, the Coasters and the Drifters. […] The law he helped enact requires that for a group to call itself by … Continue reading Bowzer Fights for Original Doo Woppers