Posted by Michael on Friday January 10, 2003 @02:46AM
from the come-on,-our-name-even-fits-in-an-8-char-filename dept.
Michael writes: Salon has an interview with Justin Timberlake of boy band *NSYNC, who complains that nobody has written a computer virus to honor his band, or his more recent solo career.
“Girl singers seem to get all of the attention from computer viruses,” said Timberlake. “Britney has one, J-Lo has one, and now even Avril Lavigne has one that sends people to her Web site. I don’t see any *NSYNC virus out there giving us free publicity.”
The Virus Writers’ Union released a statement denying their responsibility for this problem. “We aren’t obligated to publicize any particular musicians, it’s up to the individual virus writers, and right now our members do tend to be teenage boys. Anyway, *NSYNC is one of several bands mentioned in the GWV virus.”
Posted by Michael on Monday September 23, 2002 @05:26AM
from the sticky-situations dept.
Squid writes: Epic Records is trying to combat pre-release CD piracy in a novel way: instead of issuing normal promotional CDs to reviewers, they are issuing portable CD players that have been glued shut. I think even Pearl Jam fans could figure out a way around this.
[Note: Stories in the True Stories section are true and highlight current news items that are just too silly to satirize.]
Posted by Michael on Thursday September 5, 2002 @01:19AM
from the dancing-with-mp3s dept.
Squid writes: On Tuesday, the courts blocked the sale of music file-sharing service Napster to Bertelsmann AG. Now, on the brink of liquidation, Napster has completed a successful merger with its second choice, the classic entertainment Web site Hampsterdance.com.
“This will be a boon to both companies,” says Napster CEO Konrad Hilbers. “It allows Napster to emerge as a more serious Web enterprise.” The merged company is already working on a new site, Napsterdance.com, which will feature animated images of a dancing Napster logo, a dancing hamster, and Napster founder Shawn Fanning. No source of revenue was announced, but analysts remain hopeful.
Posted by Michael on Tuesday August 27, 2002 @04:53AM
from the I-can't-hear-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The RIAA is continuing its campaign of lawsuits. The latest victims are several companies that make hearing aids. The RIAA is apparently concerned about the “temporary analog copy” of music that passes through the devices. “Music is being rebroadcast without permission, this time within the ear canal. We just want the royalties we’re due,” says an RIAA spokesman.