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Rappers Steal Dead Musician’s Songs

May 27, 2008 Comments off

When Grave Robbing Artists Strike (Part 2)

Kanye West

In another case of blatant copyright theft, rappers Kanye West, Common and Mos Def have been sued by the estate of the late jazz musician Joe Farrell.

His daughter, Kathleen Firrantello, filed suit against them and rightfully so. They used her father’s copyrighted music, without permission or payment and made a bundle off it.

Common

Two months ago, on March 27, 2008, I wrote about Kayne West stealing an indie musician’s song. He too has sued Kanye as a result. West is also on Madonna’s copyright infringing flop Hard Candy as a writer and producer.

Considering Kanye can whine like a woman at the least perceived slight, while repeatedly proclaiming himself the best artist in the world, this conduct is quite hypocritical. You claim you are the best and you’re stealing from people. The best what, thief?

Method Man

That’s all these mainstream artists do – steal. They are committing crimes, as copyright infringement is a violation of domestic and international law.

I keep citing these cases to illustrate to the public that mass thievery in the area of copyrights is a major issue in Hollywood.

The fashion police should arrest him for that get up

They have no conscience or regard for others’ welfare, property and financial outlook, deeming themselves above the law with the right to steal from anyone, which is wrong.

Hollywood should be ashamed of this terrible practice, especially in light of the fact that they are telling the public to desist pirating their products. Can you say hypocrites.

Joe Farrell

Many musicians, writers and authors are actively being defrauded out of their life’s work, some even going homeless, their children destitute, due to these willful acts of copyright theft.

Copyrights mean money and these deceitful, untalented stars and executives know that. They are breaking the law and spitting in the faces of hardworking people.

Kanye, Common, Method Man Sued Over Jazz Sample

May 23, 2008, 10:25 AM ET – Rappers Kanye West, Method Man, Redman, Common and their record companies were sued yesterday (May 22) by late U.S. jazz musician Joe Farrell’s daughter, who accused them of using her father’s music without approval.

The lawsuit, filed by Kathleen Firrantello in the U.S. District Court in New York, names the rappers along with various labels owned by Universal Music Group.

The lawsuit said all the rappers used portions of Farrell’s 1974 musical composition “Upon This Rock” in three separate songs — West in “Gone,” Common in “Chi-City” and Method Man and Redman in their song “Run 4 Cover.”

Firrantello is seeking punitive damages of at least $1 million and asked that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed, according to the lawsuit.

http://www.billboard.com

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Governor Paterson To Hillary Clinton: Quit!

May 24, 2008 Comments off

New York Governor Tells Hillary Clinton To Honor Her Word

Obama Less Than 80 Delegates Away From The Nomination – Hillary More Than 200

David Paterson

New York governor David Paterson has asked Hillary Clinton to do the honorable thing and adhere to the terms she previously agreed to, along with the other candidates, in not counting the Florida and Michigan primaries, that were held early and in violation of DNC rules.

Hillary, believing she had the race in the bag, agreed that Florida and Michigan would not be counted for the above-mentioned reasons, but then as the race slipped away, got desperate and changed her mind. Not an admirable trait in a so-called leader. She flip flops too much and agrees with whatever is popular.

Hillary Clinton

While I am a woman, that doesn’t mean you automatically get my vote (Hillary surely doesn’t). Don’t even pull the race card either, as I wouldn’t vote for Condoleezza Rice either and she is an intelligent black woman, but one that continues to push Bush’s harmful, questionable policies that have devastated many in the world. I would, however, vote for a suitable, capable woman of integrity.

Hillary’s word means nothing. She also can’t think for herself. Throughout the campaign, she has aped other candidates’ ideas and platforms. She’s also been known to pass off other people’s ideas as her own.

Barack Obama

Previously, in the book Her Way, she was formally accused of unlawfully being privy to others’ illegally recorded conversations that she mined for political gain. Others have made the same accusation about her as well.

A member of her campaign also got into trouble for hacking into someone’s email in a desperate bid to help Hillary. He later resigned due to the bad publicity.

All these incidents illustrate she is not an independent thinker. If you can’t think for yourself, how are you going to think for a nation in formulating strategies, solutions and plans to make a country better. If you can’t think for yourself how are you going to respond to crisis.

NY Gov: Clinton should stop Mich, Fla effort

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Gov. David Paterson, a superdelegate who supports Hillary Rodham Clinton, said she’s showing “a little desperation” and should give up her effort to count votes from renegade primaries in Michigan and Florida.

Paterson said Thursday that Clinton shouldn’t derail the process by which the national Democratic Party stripped Michigan and Florida of their national convention delegates because they moved their primaries up to January in violation of party rules. The rules were agreed to by all the candidates, including Clinton, before she won the two January contests. Because of the violations, no candidates campaigned in either state and her rival Barack Obama took his name off Michigan’s ballot.

“I would say at this point we’re starting to see a little desperation on the part of a woman I still support and will support until she makes a different determination,” Paterson told WAMC-FM radio. “Candidates have to be cautious in their zeal to win that they don’t trample on the process.” …

http://apnews.myway.com

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Justin Timberlake’s Former Manager Sentenced

May 21, 2008 Comments off

Lou Pearlman Given 25 Years In Prison

May 21. 2008

This is a follow up to my June 19, 2007 article Lou Pearlman – For Some Much Is Never Enough. Justin Timberlake’s former manager, Lou Pearlman, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on fraud and racketeering charges.

He defrauded many out of $300 million dollars, through scam investments and has only paid $103 million dollars in restitution. All his possessions need to be seized and sold, with the proceeds from the auction given to the victims.

Justin Timberlake

The government acted way too late in this case, not giving heed to many complaints that were filed in New York and Florida by numerous victimized citizens, because of the fame Pearlman gained through stars like Timberlake. This gave Pearlman the opportunity to squander away much of the ill-gotten money.

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys

Pearlman, a homosexual, was publicly accused of making sexual advances at his young boyband members such as Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, among others.

Justin Timberlake

Many have asked if bisexual Justin Timberlake was also sexually harassed. He declined to comment. Justin’s former band mate and friend, Lance Bass, later came out of the closet, declaring he is gay.

Boy band creator sentenced to 25 years in prison

ORLANDO, Fla. – Lou Pearlman, the man who created the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in federal prison for engineering a decades-long scam that bilked thousands of investors out of their life savings.

It was the maximum sentence the boy band mogul could receive for allegedly swindling some $300 million from investors and banks since the early 1980s.

He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of conspiracy and single counts of money laundering and presenting a false claim in bankruptcy court.

“I want to say clearly that there’s no pot of gold out there,” defense attorney Fletcher Peacock said.

Prosecutors allege Pearlman scammed individuals out of an estimated $200 million, and banks out of another $100 million.

http://news.yahoo.com

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The Tale Of Two Rappers

May 14, 2008 Comments off

One Going To Jail And One Is Not

T.I. And Remy Ma

TI A/K/A Clifford Harris

Rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris, was up on very serious gun charges, but with the help of a pricey legal team, was able to avoid jail time, in exchange for one year on house arrest.

TI’s home in East Point, Georgia, the subject of an ATF raid

I didn’t think he was about to start World War III with the weaponry he had in his possession. However, he needs to start adhering to the law, especially considering he has children that would miss him during their formative years, if he is sent to jail. Stay out of trouble.

Rapper Remy Ma, a chatty, braggadocios, sacrilegious rapper, shot her best friend over allegedly stealing $3,000 out of her purse. Today, she was sentenced to 8 years in prison by a New York judge.

Remy Ma

I do believe she deserves the jail time, as her friend could have died. That is a human life she placed in mortal jeopardy and over $3,000. She too has a young son, age 8, that she clearly wasn’t thinking about when she pulled the trigger twice.

She needs to thank the judge, as she could have been sentenced to jail for far longer than 8 years. Maybe she will take the time to better herself and find God as many do in prison.

When one is in a jail cell, it gives one time to ponder the choices one has made. Some see the light and some don’t.

BREAKING NEWS: Remy Ma Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

New York–Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years in prison today by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge for shooting her friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph after the two argued over money after leaving a party.

http://www.xxlmag.com

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Mom Of Thieving, Drug Abusing, DUI Prone Starlet Wins Mother Of The Year

May 10, 2008 Comments off

In What Universe, You Ask? And No, You Are Not In the Twilight Zone!

Dina Lohan

Dina Lohan, is the flesh flashing, George Clooney stalking, mother of former actress, Lindsay Lohan. Dina, allowed her daughter Lindsay to have hotel sleepovers with male stars, whilst in her mid-teens.

Dina sat idly by, as her now broke meal ticket became a drug addicted alcoholic before even coming of age. Not to mention, the many DUIs her daughter racked up before age 21, that caused innocent people physical and property damage.

Dina’s daughter Lindsay has further criminally stolen expensive clothing items in two unrelated cases.

Dina’s daughter Lindsay was photographed at age 19, intimately kissing 50-year-old designer and all around perv, Donna Karan, on the mouth, who is also a member of the Kabbalah cult.

Well, Dina has inexplicably been named Mother Of The Year in Long Island, New York. Yes, you read that right.

Now, I like Long Island. I have friends there, but I know not a one of them voted for Dina. So, just how did she get this award. Who did she sleep with or pay off?

Well, actually, the family is broke from the many lawsuits and accompanying legal fees associated with Dina and Lindsay’s misconduct in a number of things, so who did she sleep with?

Seriously, I’m sure there were more deserving moms in Long Island.

Lindsay Lohan in fur coat she stole

A bad mother is not one that tries hard to keep their kid on the straight and narrow, and then for whatever reason, the kid messes up anyway.

A bad mother is one that encourages irresponsible behavior and or sits back and lets it happen unchallenged.

Mother of the Year hiking her skirt up for the camera:

EX YELLS OVER ‘TOP MOM’ DINA

May 8, 2008 — MORE surprised than anyone that Dina Lohan was honored as a “top mom” this week was her ex-husband, Michael Lohan, who called the award from the Mingling Moms Organization “a joke.”

Michael fumed, “Are you kidding! Top celebrity mom? Look at her off-screen antics, her lack of morals and how she conducts herself. I guess they forgot to mention how this top super-mom leaves her kids alone at night and even parties in their presence. Just wait until we go back to court.

“She comes stumbling out of Butter at 3:15 a.m. with bloodshot eyes and a red runny nose, yelling ‘Oh, [bleep],’ when she saw the paparazzi,” Michael raged to Page Six.

http://www.nypost.com

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The Pope Visits Ground Zero

May 1, 2008 Comments off

During the Pope’s visit to America this month, he said a prayer at Ground Zero in New York City:

http://www.compendius.com/blog-april-30-2008.htm

Judge To Harry Potter Author: Your Books Bite

April 19, 2008 Comments off

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling

Two days ago I wrote that I am not a fan of the Harry Potter book series. Looks like I’m not the only one.

Today, an article in the London Telegraph states a New York judge reviewing a copyright infringement claim by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, called her books “gibberish.” Maybe it’s all that “hocus pocus” stuff that threw the judge off.

Dumbledore to J.K. Rowling: What do you mean I’m gay!?

It’s hardly Shakespeare, now is it, and Britain has produced many of the finest English language books in the world. However, J.K. Rowling went for another approach…gay bearded wizard, pardon the pun, and “hocus pocus” – isn’t that like Latin or something (Aisha having a valley girl moment).

Seriously, Rowling is suing regarding a fan site publishing a Harry Potter guide based on her books. The judge has recommended a settlement between the two parties.

As much as I don’t care for the Potter books, the law is the law and it is leaning more toward Rowling’s side. She owns the copyrights and trademarks to the Harry Potter franchise, along with crooked Warner Bros Pictures, who has been hemorrhaging money.

They really need her permission to do this Potter guide, as it will contain items from her copyrights and trademarks. The only exception to this covered by U.S. law is parody and that this spin off book is not.

However, people have written biographies on subjects without their permission and without getting sued, as long as it’s not libelous. Therefore, there’s a little leeway present in this aspect as well.

It’s a strange position for an author to take, suing one’s own fans, but at the same time, I can understand a writer being worried that someone is going to churn out a sub-standard version of their work, destroying the integrity of the original. It really is best to obtain permission first before touching someone else’s work and then abide by their decision.

This judge is being nice in encouraging a settlement between the two parties.

Harry Potter storylines are gibberish, judge tells Rowling

J. K. Rowling heard her work described as “gibberish” by a US judge yesterday at the end of a three-day trial into an unauthorised encyclopaedia of her Harry Potter novels.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

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