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Ringtones Under Fire

"Ring tones are the new Napster" is the title of an article on ZDNet UK about how the RIAA has set its sites on companies selling unlicensed ringtones. Because these companies do big business over in Europe and Asia, I entirely agree with the RIAA on their actions for once. I also noticed a larger percent of the free ringtone sites disappeared in favor or pay for ringtone sites.

If you know of a good FREE ringtone site, let me know, as I'm always looking for cool rings for my Ericsson. I obviously do not disagree with trading of these tunes, but it's wrong to make money by selling alternative versions of an artists' work without their permission and without compensating them.

Read the full article at ZDNet UK.

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Slayer Wins Lawsuit

A San Luis Obispo (California) Superior Court judge threw out on Monday a lawsuit accusing SLAYER, Columbia Records and other industry entities of marketing and distributing music that inspired three boys to murder 15-year-old Elyse Pahler in 1995. However, the precedent-setting case appears to be far from over, as the plaintiff's lawyer said he intends to file an appeal. According to an MTV News report, Judge E. Jeffrey Burke didn't consider SLAYER's music obscene, indecent or directly harmful to minors, so the marketing of such music to minors was therefore ruled to be legal.

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Powerman 5000 Lose Two

POWERMAN 5000 have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, according to informed sources.

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Nightwish Bassist Departs

Nightwish bassist Sami Vänskä has been replaced by Marco Hietala (Tarot, Sinergy). Spinefarm's Ewo Rytkönen has also been brought on board as manager and the band is currently arranging and rehearsing the songs for their next album.

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Guidance Of Sin Split

The Swedish band GUIDANCE OF SIN have decided to split up. We have some other projects going on,but the only one worth mention right now are Linus Nirbrants & Tob Sillmans project THE DEAD. They have released a split-CD with BIRDFLESH on Nocturnal music. They have also been in the studio again and have just recorded a MCD (6 new brutal songs). For info about The DEAD send e-mails to: deadthe@hotmail.com or rich@nocturnalmusic.net

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MP3.com Splits

MP3.com is creating a new division, dubbed MP3 Technologies, which will provide the technology for MP3.com and other Web sites, including the forthcoming Pressplay online subscription service. The Mp3.com web site will still will still give customers a place to listen to music, however.

"We've always seen ourselves as really a technology company," Kostello said. "Now, as part of the larger Vivendi Universal family, we have new customers; so it makes sense to have a separate division."

Read the full article at c|net.

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Message From Chuck Schuldiner

Here is a message from Chuck Schuldiner, of Death and Control Denied:

I want to thank everybody for your much appreciated words of support from all over the world, it has been immensely welcomed. I also want you to know that I'm finally making good progress on the road to recovery. I was able to begin the new treatment of chemo that has really made the difference, and for that I thank Chuck Billy and his wife for their great generosity in sharing the benefits from the concert and the fans and friends who were there to make it all possible. I am looking forward to seeing you in the not too distant future. And remember, support music, not rumors!!!! Chuck

As always, our best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery go out to Chuck!

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Bloodwurm Vocalist Overdoses

According to Bravewords, Bloodwurm vocalist Vince died of a heroin overdose on October 14th.

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Slayer Downs Nu Metal

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya was quoted in the October 12th edition of the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet as saying that he's always been afraid to fly and that the terrorist attack on September 11th has increased this fear. SLAYER were booked to fly to Europe on Sept 11th, but had to reschedule the flight. Tom was still prepared to fly because the band's first reaction was to never let the fans down. When asked if PANTERA, who in a recent Swedish interview claimed that they're not afraid of anyone, aren't chickens for not daring to fly to Europe, Araya says: More...

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More on RIAA's Shady Plans

There's a story on CNet's News.com that links the previously reported attempt of the RIAA to get a clause into an antiterrorism bill to their plan to distribute an program that spoofs a file sharing application, but in fact inhibits the user from trading copyrighted materials via other file swapping programs.

Read the full article at CNET.com.

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Former Testament Guitarist Starts Recovery

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy is presently recovering at his parents’ home in Lakeland, Florida after undergoing surgery on September 17th to remove a pituitary tumor the size of two golf balls from his head, with which he was diagnosed in early September.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Deterrence and Prevention of Cyberterrorism

There's an interesting article from Wired.com about the kind of crap the RIAA is trying to get away with.

WASHINGTON -- Look out, music pirates: The recording industry wants the right to hack into your computer and delete your stolen MP3s.

It's no joke. Lobbyists for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) tried to glue this hacking-authorization amendment onto a mammoth anti-terrorism bill that Congress approved last week.

Read the full article at Wired News.

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Anthrax Keeps Name

In a press release issued from Anthrax, the band talks about their decision to keep their name despite recent cases of Anthrax in the US.

In light of current events, we are changing the name of the band to something more friendly, "Basket Full Of Puppies". Actually, just the fact that we are making jokes about our name sucks.
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Skinless Make Replacements

Death metallers SKINLESS have named George Torres (MORTICIAN, DEHUMANIZED) as their new drummer. Bob Beaulac has parted with SKINLESS on the best of terms. Bob informed the band that he was getting married and ready to settle down six months ago. He said he would fulfill all obligations of the band until a replacement was found.

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The Forsaken Part With Bassist

Swedish death metal act The Forsaken have parted ways with bassist Michael Hakansson and are currently looking for a suitable replacement.

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RIAA Strikes Internet Licensing Deal

It's being talked about like it's a big step, but it hardly seems like much of a concession for the companies that deal with online music much less for the consumer.

The RIAA announced a preliminary deal with music publishers Tuesday, paving the way for major labels to launch Pressplay and MusicNet — services that will essentially rent music to fans on the Web.

Though a final royalty structure hasn't been worked out, the Recording Industry Association of America will pay the Harry Fox Agency an advance of $1 million against future royalties, according to a statement issued by the RIAA. The Harry Fox Agency is the copyright licensing arm of the National Music Publishers' Association and represents 27,000 music publishers, who in turn represent more than 160,000 songwriters, the statement said.

Read the full article at SonicNet.

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GodHead Lose Drummer

Washington band God Head have parted with drummer James O'Conner and are now auditioning potential replacements. If all goes as planned they will start an American tour with Pigface in November.

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MP3.com Reduces Artist Royalties

Vivendi-acquired MP3.com announced that it is going to lower the rates paid to its artists. While participating to MP3.com's "Payback for playback" scheme continues to cost $20 a month, the rates the company pays to artists will be reduced to half a cent ($0.005) for each downloaded song. Artists do not get paid for streaming audio - only downloads. So if you want to participate, you better get that 4,000 downloads a month or you will lose money.

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James Murphy Diagnosed w/ Brain Tumor

According to Blabbermouth.net, former Testament/Death/Obituary guitarist James Murphy has reportedly been diagnosed with an undisclosed type of brain tumor and is at home in Florida recovering from a recent emergency operation that is believed to have successfully prevented the disease from progressing to a more advanced stage. At the time of Murphy’s diagnosis, he was said to be working on the material for a long-awaited sophomore offering from his death metal project Disincarnate for a 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. It is unclear what impact this latest development will have on the guitarist’s future recording plans.

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Vader Loses Bass

Polish death metal gods Vader are confirming that bassist Shambo is no longer a part of the band and that the band's management is currently auditioning musicians to fill the spot.

Vader said the new bass player will be expected to perform on the band's next studio album and on the upcoming Thrash 'Em All festival tour in November with Behemoth, Krisiun, Hate, Lux Occulta and more.
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