While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a destinations for music aficionados for more t ... More >>
Here on the Internet news circuit, the Occupy boom has more or less settled. Don't bite our heads off -- we're not saying the movement itself is over, by any means -- but it's nearing the end of its shelf life as a meme. (The young American hive mind has a severe case of ADD, and a story can only st ... More >>
Robert KenneyGreg Ginn, second from leftBy Nicholas Pell On Wednesday morning, several punk bands awoke to find their videos had been removed from YouTube. They were understandably irritated; that's almost worse than running out of beer. In their places were notes that they'd been yanked d ... More >>
By Gabrielle Canon Over Thanksgiving weekend, 2010, a Homeland Security division wrongfully seized a hip-hop blog called Dajaz1, on allegations of copyright infringement. The site -- which got some 3,000 hits a day or so -- was run by a guy from Queens known only as Splash. As you can see on the C ... More >>
"Eat mor chikin," beg the witless cows in Chick-fil-A advertisements, eager to avoid a grisly fate and carrying on the Atlanta-based chain's tradition of eccentric spelling in the process. As far as intellectual property goes, the slogan is pretty low-wattage, but that isn't stopping the company fr ... More >>
PHOTO BY GREGORY BOJORQUEZMr. Brainwash just got busted.Forget the Shepard Fairey case. Music photographer Glen E. Friedman's lawsuit against Mr. Brainwash, the street artist profiled alongside Banksy in Oscar-nominated doc "Exit Through the Gift Shop," is the one to watch for legal fair-use ... More >>
"Freeway" Ricky Ross vs. Rapper Rick Ross: Who would you put money on? He thinks he's Big Meech! Larry Hoover! But Miami rapper Rick Ross might be blowing money fast in court, not in the club, soon if he keeps calling himself the moniker he adopted from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the Los Angeles ... More >>
'Hope' t-shirt.The battle between Associated Press and L.A. artist Shepard Fairey over his use of an AP image to create the iconic "Obama Hope" image might be over, but now the news agency is going after retailers such as Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters over their sales of Hope t-shirts. The ... More >>
The cover of The Urban Homestead, written by Erik Knudsen and Kelly Coyne, which might be renamed in the next printing.Updated, 2/22, 12:30 p.m.: The Dervaes family recently filed a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) take down notice to Google regarding content in The Urban Homestead by K ... More >>
â€‹The homemade sex tape of Paris Hilton, "1 Night in Paris," has reportedly made millions for her co-star, Rick Salomon, and presumably satisfied untold hordes of Internet voyeurs. But all that may come to an end. XPays, the company that owns the Internet rights to the movie, has filed a lawsuit ... More >>
Thanks, AP.Update: AP announced in a statement Wednesday morning that the two sides have settled. Who gets what? After the jump. (Shepard speaks, too). In a strange sign of the times, the image that epitomized much of America's desire to put the Bush years behind us, L.A. artist Shepard Fair ... More >>
Cooks Source Facebook page Updated: The plagiarism kerfuffle at now shuttered Cook's Source topped Regret The Error's annual list of publishing mistakes -- right above a photo in which an actor playing a Nazi was identified AS the Nazi. Oops. Writer Monica Gaudio's initial charge of plagia ... More >>
What do a Texas cheerleader, a parking lot attendant, OnSmash.com, and the founders of Pirate Bay have in common? If you guessed "alleged criminals" you are correct!
Google MapsBeautiful Pasadena, in stolen street viewGoogle wasn't the first to play god on street-level. At least, according to Pasadena company Veredi LLC, who is suing the Internet giant for infringing on five of its patents, which created a system for "creating, storing and utilizing image ... More >>
Wavves: they like weed. and cats. and cartoons. and the public domain...So, recent LA Weekly feature subject Nathan Williams, aka "King Skinny Shitster," of buzzband extraordinaire Wavves picked up some blogosphere love from Pitchfork (and people who link back to Pitchfork) when he tweeted ab ... More >>
Brand-name bud?A gold rush to obtain federal patents on strains of marijuana such as Acapulco Gold, Maui Wowie and even straight-up "Chronic" was snuffed out last week by the federal patent office, according to a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal. The move came following inquiries by th ... More >>
There is a hilarious moment in the Coen Brothers film Raising Arizona, in which an old-timer gas station attendant considers the humor of balloon shapes. They are not particularly humorous, he points out, unless round is funny. Rectangular isn't really funny either, especially if you're Williams-Son ... More >>
Craig Murphy.Nine flights to and from London were canceled Thursday morning as a result of volcanic ash above the U.K. that could damage jet engines, LAX officials report. Four flights from London to LAX were nixed while five from LAX to London were a no-go as an Icelandic eruption sent a pl ... More >>
Bono penned an Op-Ed for the New York Times yesterday morning listing his "Ten for the Next Ten," and one of his ten predictions concerns the future of creativity. Specifically, in a section called "Intellectual Property Developers," Bono warned of the catastrophe facing the TV and movie business ... More >>
An Irvine man has agreed to plead guilty to uploading a screener of The Love Guru before its release. In exchange for his cooperation the U.S. Attorney's Office has agreed to recommend three years of probation instead of the possible maximum sentence of three years in federal prison. We say ... More >>
Would you pay $14.99 for this movie?Start snitching: The Los Angeles Police Department is pairing up with the downtown Fashion District and the Motion Picture Association of America to offer a cool grand for information leading to the closure of DVD production operations in the area. (And no ... More >>
Sooner or later it had to happen, we suppose. Echo Park graphic artist Shepard Fairey, whose haunting poster illustration of Barack Obama became the defining image of Obama's successful presidential campaign, is being accused of copyright infringement and asked to pay royalties for the source image. ... More >>
With so much music available at the click of a mouse, do tastemakers really need hard copies anymore? Is it worth the waste?
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Copyright and its discontents
At least Modest Mouse got name-dropped in a Supreme Court case
Quasi-legal squads raid street vendors
John Powers in the land of no culture, surreal Cancún
A digital new era finds the labels asleep
you can lead consumers to music, but can you make them pay?
Geeks rally for jailed Russian programmer. But it’s hard to explain why it really does matter.
Artists, contracts and money
MP3: Recontextualization is your best entertainment value
The Smoking Gun’s posting of leaked employee guide sparks copyright battle
Genie 1, Bottle 0
Record biz romances some tech sites, clobbers others. What gives?
MPAA’s dragooning of Norwegian teen raises hackers’ hackles