Gabba Gabba Hey
So why doesn't he just 'Beat on the runt with a baseball bat' instead.
Yup, punk is dead -- it's all corporate and litigation these days.
If he's stuck for something to do he can always 'go and sniff some glue'
Former Ramones drummer Richard Reinhardt today filed suit in US federal court in Manhattan claiming that his music publisher never had the right to "authorize distribution or duplication of six songs he wrote between 1983 and 1987" which were subsequently made available through iTunes, Wal-Mart.com's music store and Real …
:claiming that his music publisher never had the right to "authorize distribution or duplication of six songs he wrote between 1983 and 1987":
So sue the publisher! DUH! They made the bad call - the storefronts aren't responsible for checking up on the contractual papertrail behind the publisher's offerings.
I would hope that more artists follow this trend, especially if they are consumer friendly and realise that the RIAA (and similar orgs in other countries) are trying to screw over their customers. If the artist reviewed their aggreements to see if internet distribution is actually covered in the original agreement, if not, kick up a fuss like this (although in this case rights don't seen to have been granted for *any* distribution). I'm sure there must be other cases where distribution has been extended to the internet but the original rights agreement doesn't cover that.
I just love some of you guys, that any time the subject of lawsuits or copyrights come up, automatically take the default "No one owns anything!!!!11!!!11!" position.
This guy spent his time and energy writing these songs. Yes, he does want people to listen to them. However, he never agreed to let the companies in question sell his work, and not get paid for it.
Let me analogize:
You write a computer program. It might be GPL, it might not be, whatever. You want people to use it. You like the idea of people using it. One day, you walk into Wal-Mart, and they're selling your program for twenty bucks a disk. And not giving you the money.
Just a correction for you, if you had GPL'd your work and Walmart were selling it then you would have no cause to complaint as long as they were also providing the oringal source code and providing the code to any updates or derived works.
A while back trading standards tried to arrest a guy for selling firefix for £20 a time.
They were shocked at Mozilla for not having an issue with it, they simply pointed out that their license allowed it.