Posts Tagged ‘album’

Prince sues to stop distribution of tribute album covering his songs

June 25, 2008

That Prince is a confusing one. From Wired.com

Fifty artists who recorded Prince covers in honor of His Purpleness’ 50th birthday June 7 have been slapped with a lawsuit by the short-tempered star. His lawyers now demand that all copies of the tribute be destroyed. Shockadelica had reached No. 8 on Norway’s album charts and received several popular reviews by the Norwegian press.

It’s perfectly legal to record and sell cover songs of someone else’s material, so long as you pay the compulsory licensing fee of about 10 cents per song. To sell their five-disc set of 81 Prince cover songs, they would have to remit around $8 per unit sold to Prince, under a compulsory mechanical license.

Norway’s C+C Records distributed 5,000 of the box sets starting earlier this month, plus digital versions, and claim that no one made any money from the project. As a result, they didn’t think they owed Prince anything except maybe a free copy.

C+C Records owner and Prince fan Christer Falck contacted the Purple One’s people to try to send one to Prince, and that’s when the trouble began, according to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet (re-reported in Daily Swarm), one of many publications to post positive reviews of the collection.

For now, all 81 songs can be previewed free on C+C Records‘ website, and some are also available on MySpace in streamable medley form.

When this giveaway first began, there were 5,000 copies of the compilation in circulation. Thanks to Prince’s lawsuit and the publicity it will generate, we expect that number to balloon significantly in the coming weeks.

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Eminem finally has enough rage built up to release a new album

June 19, 2008

Eminem is set to release a new album – 4 years after he announced he was retiring from music.

The 35-year-old rapper has kept a low profile since releasing LP Encore in 2004 and fans feared the troubled star would never return to the studio.

But now Eminem – real name Marshall Mathers – has begun working on new material.

‘Everything is good,’ he tells The Sun. ‘I’m in the studio working on songs.’

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RIAA refiles case it had dropped so it can shop around for a more lawsuit friendly judge

June 18, 2008

The ongoing saga regarding the Recording Industry Association of America and what is classified as sharing music has taken another interesting twist as the group has refiled one particular lawsuit.

It was late last year when the RIAA got stricter about file-sharing, claiming the act of making files available for sharing (via a “shared” folder) breaks copyright laws and is available for prosecution.

The pending lawsuits about this unique file-distribution models were shut down after U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake said that making copyrighted material available via a shared folder does not warrant a copyright infringement lawsuit and that the RIAA must prove that the material actually changed hands.

The recent news is that the RIAA has dropped a case that strongly pertains to the “making available” clause, and refiled the case. Rather that directing the lawsuit at the same defendants as before, the RIAA directed it at John Doe (a defendant to be identified later), therefore obtaining a new judge … who may not be so strict about the “making available” clauses.

Nice move, RIAA.

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