inMusic’s suit seeks to put a permanent stop to Roland’s sale of products that it says “infringe inMusic’s patented technology and asks the Court to require that Roland compensate inMusic appropriately for Roland’s unauthorized use of patented inMusic technology.”… Read More InMusic Files Lawsuit Against Roland Over Electronic Drum Patents
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court Wednesday to “reject bogus copyright claims” from the music industry that could meant that you could get charged a performance fee every time your cell phone rings in public.
Die Mensch Maschine got rebuffed by a court in Germany, which told electronica pioneers Kraftwerk that Moses Pelham did not violate their copyrights by using an unauthorized sample of one of their songs, Metal on Metal, in one of his productions. The ruling overturns an earlier decision against Pelham. Judges in Berlin said the two second extract did not… Read More Kraftwerk Gets Copyright Smackdown
Unbefriggingbelievable. Violent crime is on the rise in the US. We can’t find Osama Bin Laden in seven years. Millions of illegal aliens are hiding in the country, gainfully employed. And we’re arresting music bloggers. A Los Angeles blogger has been arrested for allegedly sharing music online. Twenty-seven-year-old Kevin Cogill was arrested by FBI agents at… Read More FBI Arrests Music Blogger
Post-punk pioneers Devo are suing McDonald’s over a Happy Meal doll that sports the band’s signature red flower pot hat. In April, McDonald’s introduced a series of American Idol Happy Meal toys based on a range of music styles, including Disco Dave, Country Clay, Rockin’ Riley and Soulful Selma. Devo’s complaint is that the toy… Read More Devo Sues McDonalds Over “New Wave Nigel” Happy Meal Toy
A London-based DJ is thought to be the first person prosecuted in the UK for selling promotional CDs. According to a Digital Media Wire report: A London-based DJ and music critic has been arrested on suspicion of theft and money laundering in connection with his alleged selling of 150 pre-release albums on eBay, according to… Read More London DJ Arrested For Selling Promo CDs on eBay
Tiger Direct, an online computer retailer, today filed a lawsuit against Apple Computer in the United States District Court for the District of Florida. The suit alleges Apple Computer engaged in trademark infringement and unfair trade practices in connection with its recent marketing campaign for the latest version of its MAC OS X operating system,… Read More Apple Sued Over OS X “Tiger”
Banned Music is a web project that promotes music activism, especially the non-commercial distribution of works that major record labels have driven underground. The site is one of several that are raising important questions about the role that the law plays in determining what we can experience. The site is a project of Downhill Battle,… Read More Banned Music