Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer – “The Mockingjay Lives”

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in "Stairway to Heaven" Lawsuit

Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit.

Wolfe's heirs sued Led Zeppelin,
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and their music companies in June, asserting that the story Page has told over the years about holing himself up in a remote cottage in Wales in 1970 and creating the iconic song is false. The plaintiff alleges that the music really came from Spirit, which once toured with Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s.

In reaction to the lawsuit, the defendants challenged jurisdiction.

"The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here," stated a memorandum to dismiss.

In response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'”

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.

The judge didn't offer any reasoning in his written order, but those looking for the standards by which judges determine jurisdiction can read about another judge's recent decision to throw out a trademark lawsuit filed by John Wayne's heirs against Duke University.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom

SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom
A new report, commissioned by SXSW from international design and event firm Populous, is causing ripples this week because of a recurring theme: the suggestion that the massive Austin-based festival could, if certain suggestions aren’t implemented, solicit bids from other cities to host the event. The suggestions that the organizers want to see taken into consideration by the City of Austin? A variety of safety recommendations that could mitigate some serious concerns about the difficult-to-manage weeklong party in Austin and -- more controversially -- the creation of a “clean zone” over an undefined-section of central Austin during the duration of SXSW, which runs ten days in the middle of March. 

After Re-Shaping Fashion, MADE Looks to Disrupt Music (With Lyor Cohen in Tow) 
Since its launch in 2009, MADE Fashion has been disrupting Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by drawing some of the industry’s biggest names, like Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler, away from the New York institution. Now, with the launch of MADE Music, the company's partners are aiming to pull off the same feat in the music business.

SiriusXM Will Appeal Last Week's Major Copyright Ruling 
SiriusXM has confirmed it will appeal the decision from a U.S. District Court judge in California that determined the service must pay royalties for airing music by "Happy Together" group The Turtles made prior to 1972, when federal copyright law was expanded to include master recordings.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

For Your Consideration: Three Days Grace's New Single - "I Am Machine"



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