:: With apologies to Messrs. Costello, Wilson, and Waits ::
Monday, January 31, 2005
In a milestone action, 54 prominent recording artists have signed on to the "friend of the court" amicus brief presented to the Supreme Court on Jan. 24 by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Recording Artists' Coalition (RAC) and other music groups.
The brief urges the High Court to overturn an opinion by the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that Grokster, Kazaa, Morpheus, and other unauthorized P2P systems are not liable for contributory copyright infringement.
Read the brief yourself (PDF). Here are the friends putting the "I" in "amicus":
The 54 recording artists who signed on to the Amicus brief are: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles), Jimmy Buffett, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, "Mya" Harrison, Gavin Rossdale, Sheryl Crow, Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Bonnie Raitt; Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire & Emily Robison (The Dixie Chicks), Stevie Nicks, Phil Vassar, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire; Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzman (of The Grateful Dead), Avril Lavigne, Dido, Denyce Graves, Tom Jones; Jesse Colin Young, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Joe Terry & David White (of Danny and the Juniors), Billy Preston, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Tom Waits; Tyler Stewart, Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, Ed Robertson & Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Deryck Whibley, Dave Baksh, Cone McCaslin & Steve Jocz (Sum 41), Brandon Hargest, Brittany Hargest, Chris Fedun & Lesley Moore (Jump 5), Bethany Dillon, Nichole Nordeman, and Michael W. Smith.
I swear this is just a PR move right before the Grammys. When does the Listeners Advocacy Coalition file a brief requesting that these artists be held liable for sucking?
Yeah. Take that Stevie Nicks. Some 25 year-old office drone just said you suck. It's all over now.
Posted by morland @ 11:04 AM
:: Comments ::
I, for one, am sad to only see only a few bands on there that have numerals in their names. Did anyone consult Timbuk3, BR-549, and US3 to add their names to Sum 41 and Jump 5 (who the fuck is Jump 5, anyway)? That aside, these people are idiots to me. Just because you write software that allows people to do things illegally, you shouldn't be liable (right?). I use BitTorrent for perfectly legal things, like downloading animal pornography. Like two dogs doing it with a cat, or a bat and a pig.
Posted by: a superhero by night on January 31, 2005 03:44 PM
I think you should apologize to Kenny Rogers too. Without him, there wouldn't be an anthem for the influx of new Texas Hold 'Em playas (and yes, playas in that sense).
Posted by: stout on January 31, 2005 07:41 PM
Without Kris Kross and/or Flava Flav, the Court's body will not be rocked
Posted by: Who? on January 31, 2005 10:06 PM
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