University of Oregon refusing to help ID music pirates (Seattle Times)
MS: "University (officials) feel like they are being asked to do the investigation on behalf of the company when it's not really their role," said Stephanie Soden, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Justice.
Prince launches attack on fan websites (NME)
MS: "It is our opinion that these threats are not made in an attempt to enforce valid copyright asPrince alleges in his threats, rather we believe they are attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince. We strongly believe that such actions are in violation of the freedom of speech and should not be allowed. Prince claims that fansites are not allowed to present any artwork with Prince's likeness, to the extreme that he has demanded removal of fan's own photographs of their Prince inspired tattoos and their vehicles displaying Prince inspired license plates."
New "NPR Music" Multimedia Site Launches Today (NPR)
MS: Today, NPR and 12 NPR Member stations recognized for music programming are launching NPR Music, a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery Web site. Featuring on-air and online content aggregated from NPR and the participating stations as well as original-to-NPR Music materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances, www.NPR.org/music permits users to explore, experience and enjoy all the music genres that are found on public radio.
The Futureheads Finish New Album (NME)
MS: In a statement, guitarist Ross Millard explained: "Now that we're out of all major label clutches, we can call the shots on what we do, and when and where we do it, a lot more - so keep your ears to the ground and I'll give you a shout back when we've got other important news to break."
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