September 5, 2008


A novel way to sell music online: Popcuts.

From their website:

"Every time a song you bought sells, you get a cut of the proceeds. Earlier buyers get more, so it pays to be a trendspotter."

Rolling Stone describes it as "stock market-like method to lure people toward its service."

How it works: Popcuts takes in a 10-20 percent cut of each purchase, then leaves it to the artist to decide their own percentage. From there, the rest of the earnings go towards the users’ accounts.

But currently their catalog has only 200 obscure artists and roughly 700 songs.

September 4, 2008

Ne-Yo Default

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a concert promoter to pay R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo $700,000 stemming from a lawsuit filed earlier this year. (OTCS post.) It appears that the defendant Rowe Entertainment defaulted by never answering the complaint.

September 1, 2008

Spoliation in RIAA P2P Case (D.Ariz)

August 29, 2008, Order striking defendant's answer and granting default judgment to plaintiffs in RIAA P2P case Atlantic v. Howell, No 06-cv-2076(D. Ariz.).

The basis of this order, and the sanction of granting default judgment to plaintiffs, was defendant file-sharer's repeated spoliation of evidence on his computer.