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Sonny Lemaire’s “Fall” climbing the charts to Top Ten

Clay Walker's "Fall" Video Together with Clay Mills and Shane Minor, my new client Sonny Lemaire is one of three songwriters on Clay Walker's new single, Fall, featured in the video link above.  The song is currently climbing Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and, after a 31-week run so far, is breaking well [...]

By |2007-10-31T12:59:47+00:00October 31st, 2007|Client Activity, Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on Sonny Lemaire’s “Fall” climbing the charts to Top Ten

Courts taking a stricter look at evidence in RIAA downloading cases

There appears to be a slight ripple of a trend among courts to take a stricter look at the evidence being presented by the RIAA in its crusade against digital downloads, based primarily on the evidence of user names and IP addresses assembled by their expert consultants, MediaSentry.  In the RIAA's case against Jeff Dangler, [...]

By |2007-10-30T09:00:18+00:00October 30th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Courts taking a stricter look at evidence in RIAA downloading cases

Porter Wagoner Dies at age 80

Perhaps Porter Wagoner should be remembered as the original "Rhinestone Cowboy" because of his penchant for sparkling two-piece rhinestone often adorned with wagon wheels and other cowboy themes -- at one point he owned over 60 suits.  The longtime country music legend died at 8:25 p.m. CDT in a Nashville hospice Sunday night at the [...]

By |2007-10-29T09:27:41+00:00October 29th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on Porter Wagoner Dies at age 80

Sony BMG announces McBee promotion

Earlier this week, Tom Baldrica, vice president of marketing at Sony BMG, announced that Heather McBee has been promoted to vice president of digital business.  McBee, who has been with the label for 14 years, was formerly senior director of that department. Baldrica said in a prepared statement: "I'm so proud of this promotion.  Heather [...]

By |2007-10-26T16:11:46+00:00October 26th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Sony BMG announces McBee promotion

Amazon profits in the stratosphere

Propelled primarily by the sales of 2.5 million copies of the new Harry Potter book, Amazon's profits reach ed the stratosphere in the 3rd fiscal quarter of 2007.  The company announced its third-quarter earnings in an online conference call on Tuesday, announcing a profit of $80 million, three times the $19 million it earned in [...]

By |2007-10-26T12:33:00+00:00October 26th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law|Comments Off on Amazon profits in the stratosphere

Leon Russell: upcoming concert appearances in Tennessee

Leon Russell hits the tour circuit harder than any person I know.  He will making several Tennessee appearances close to home in Knoxville, Memphis and then Nashville in the upcoming months, so locals will be able to catch this rare performer and Tennessee treasure.  On Saturday, November 3, 2007, Leon will be playing at 9 [...]

By |2007-10-25T07:52:39+00:00October 25th, 2007|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on Leon Russell: upcoming concert appearances in Tennessee

NCO’s Acoustic Cafe Series Continues

                    The Nashville Chamber Orchestra's next installment of its Acoustic Cafe series is next Friday, November 2nd at 8 p.m. in the Grace Chapel, located in Lieper's Fork, Tennessee.  The event will feature resident musician, Darrell Scott, and the Acoustic All-stars, which, together with [...]

By |2007-10-25T07:27:22+00:00October 25th, 2007|Client Activity, Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on NCO’s Acoustic Cafe Series Continues

New Talent Agency on the Row

Early in October, Joey Lee, former CEO at Buddy Lee Attractions , left that agency to form 360 Artist Agency, a full-service talent agency.  This ends a very long tenure for the namesake's son at the helm of the famous Nashville agency.  Mr. Lee took several of his clients with him to the the new [...]

By |2007-10-24T22:38:15+00:00October 24th, 2007|Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on New Talent Agency on the Row

UT Student’s Motion to Quash subpoena is denied in Virgin Records et al. v Does 1-3

On August 16, 2007, Doe No. 28 in the RIAA's action captioned Virgin Records America, Inc. et al. v. Does 1-33 filed a motion to squash the subpoena issued to the University of Tennessee on the grounds that, one, it was unreasonable on its face and, two, it violates his rights under the Family Educational [...]

By |2007-10-24T16:28:23+00:00October 24th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on UT Student’s Motion to Quash subpoena is denied in Virgin Records et al. v Does 1-3

No more lines in the virtual sand – the Hew Griffiths case considered.

Back in 1999, my law clerk, J. Eric Crupi and I considered the topic of personal jurisdiction as applied to the Internet. In the resulting Law on the Row article, entitled "Lines in the Virtual Sand." In the original article, Eric concluded that “the boundaries of personal jurisdiction in cyberspace have not been concretely defined, [...]

By |2007-10-23T09:12:05+00:00October 23rd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law|Comments Off on No more lines in the virtual sand – the Hew Griffiths case considered.