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From Anti Records, a sublabel of Epitaph Records, comes this news that's surprisingly similar to 2005's "American Idol" controversy (in which the Fox TV program used a Dead Kennedys tune without permission):
Tom Waits has won a landmark legal victory in Spain, establishing his moral rights in a case brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi (VAESA) and a Spanish production company for adapting one of Waits' songs and impersonating his voice in a television commercial.
It is the first time that such moral rights - protecting the personality and reputation of writers and authors - have been established in a Spanish court, acknowledging an artist's voice as his creative work. The judgement, rendered by the Appeal Court of Barcelona, also recognised that VAESA and the production company, Tandem Company Guasch, had infringed the Intellectual Property Rights of both Waits and Hans Kusters Music, Waits' music publisher in Spain.
The commercial, for Audi cars, was originally screened in Spain in 2000. As well as having much the same melodic structure as the Tom Waits' song 'Innocent When You Dream', the commercial's music was arranged like the song and featured a Tom Waits' vocal impersonation.
At the time of making the commercial Tandem Campany Guasch had sought permission to use Waits' original version of 'Innocent When You Dream', a request he rejected. "Now they understand the words to the song better," says Waits. "It wasn't 'Innocent When You Scheme' it was 'Innocent When You Dream'."
Waits and Hans Kusters Music won an initial court judgement in March 2004. The case then went to the Appeal Court, ultimately resulting in this month's groundbreaking legal victory.
Tom Waits first learned about the commercial from fans when visiting Spain in the summer of 2000. Many believed it was Waits singing his own song on the commercial, even despite the fact he has always been adamant that his music will never be used for advertising purposes.
The judgement is the latest in a line of successful legal actions Waits has taken to prevent his music and image from being associated with commercial products. He has most recently filed suit against General Motors' Opel and the advertising agency McCann Erickson in Frankfurt, Germany, for producing and broadcasting a series of car commercials that used a perfect impersonation of Waits' singing voice. The commercials were produced in Germany and aired in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway during the late winter and early spring of last year. Among other claims, the suit charges the defendants with violating Waits' moral rights under German law.
The following items were stolen from Blowfly's van while parked outside of the La Quinta Inn at 3100 Queen City blvd in Charlotte NC between 2:30 AM and 1 PM Saturday, January 21st. If you have any information regarding these items, please contact Tom Bowker at firstname.lastname@example.org If in Charlotte you can return the items with no questions asked to The Milestone club at 3400 tuckasegee rd.28208 The phone number at the milestone is: 704 398 0472. They also may be reached at email@example.com
Thank you for any and all help, Sincerely, Tom Bowker, Blowfly Music
1 Galien Kruger 1001 RB Bass Head SN # E061044401 Fender Telecaster w/ Sunburst Finish. Has "I Kill Hippies" sticker on the back of the body1 Fender Stratocaster w/ unfinished wood1 SX Custom 4 string bass guitar1 Black Plastic Cymbal case containing:1 Zildjain 20 inch Earth Ride1 Paiste 302 17 inch crash1 Paiste 3000 series 20 inch ride1 Zildjain 16 inch rock crash1 set of Sabian "Flat Hat" Hi Hats1 backpack containing wal mart portable cd player, a cd with a pro tools session and a lyric book1 black soft carry on bag containing 1 copper "BF" Blowfly Mask, 1 uncle sam hat, 1 rubber george w bush mask, 1 rubber devil mask, 1 Blowfly bug mask w/ antennae and assorted wigs and costumes.
Will Franken was ranked as one of the Bay Guardian and SF Weekly's best comedians of 2005 and the New York Times says "What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd" This will be Will's first East Bay show after is Comedy Central Mainstage performance on January 30th. This is a unique opportunity to see a truly innovative performer for just $5.
John Hoogasian has performed alongside Louis CK, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell and Mitch Hedberg. There is no father to his style. Also performing are Phillip Watson, Samantha Chanse and hosted by Rusty Mahakian
This show was created in the spirit of "The Comedians of Comedy" in the hopes of getting people out to see comedy for under 10 dollars. The show is all-ages, wheelchair accessible and only 5 dollars with a full warehouse of books to browse and buy. February 3rd, Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. AK Press is located between San Pablo and MLK at 674-A 23rd Street in Oakland, CA 94612, If you have any questions call AK press at 510-208-1700.
This Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Station 40, 3030b 16th St. @ Mission, SF (across the street from 16th Street BART). Doors at 7pm, 21+, Sliding scale $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds.
- Live music by the Devil's Own and Wills Wilde- DJs- Large n' Lusty Go-go dancers- Food and drink provided by local worker cooperatives- Raffle for a new bike!
NoBAWC (a.k.a. NoBOSS) is the local "collective of collectives" which includes Rainbow Grocery, 924 Gilman, Good Vibrations, and many more San Francisco Bay Area Cooperatives and Collectives.
It's all part of Pansy Division and Alternative Tentacles getting psyched up for the great new Greatest Hits cd+dvd "The Essential Pansy Division"- coming out on Alternative Tentacles momentarily!
That's right, surf the byte fantastic with the Department of Homeland Insecurity every week or two or three as we rock and roll our way through something new, something old, something edgy, something bold. The first one is available for download on the front page of our site here as a 23MB podcast or you can subscribe via our RSS feed. You can play the 31 minute podcast on a computer or an iPod/MP3 player (check with your MP3 player's manufacturer for details about how to listen).
There's a show later that evening, so the film will start and end on time in order for bands to load in.
It's also the 19th anniversary of 924 Gilman being open! Come on down!
"Buy Nothing Day: November 25, 2005
There are more circulars and advertising inserts incenting purchases for this specific day than any other day of the year, according to Media Week. Countering these massive energies is the grassroots declaration of Buy Nothing Day, a resistance fortified by AdBusters.
What is this all about? AdBusters' Brian Highley explains, "We ask people to go 24 hours without buying anything. Some find that they can't and we encourage them to ask themselves, 'Why not?'"
Buy Nothing Day will be celebrated in a record 65 countries this year. Fueled in part by a growing anti-American sentiment, more folks in more countries will be hanging posters and discussing global consumerism. AdBusters.org has downloadable posters and paraphernalia to spread the word of Buy Nothing Day."
On Friday November 4th, 2005, in the afternoon, the Japanese based band DMBQ and Michelle Cable of Panache Magazine were involved in a horrible car accident while driving to Brooklyn to play a show that night. Mana "China" Nishiura, DMBQ & Shonen Knife's drummer, did not survive the accident. She was a great talent and will be missed dearly.
Michelle Cable of Panache Magazine and Booking, who had been managing DMBQ's tour, was in the front passenger seat speaking with one of her booking clients, Alternative Tentacles XXX-rapper Blowfly . She had to undergo emergency surgery on her head and is expecting a 6 month recovery period. The rest of the band remains hospitalized but are expected to be released soon. We mourn the loss of China and our hearts go out to DMBQ, Michelle, and their families.
With the help of Jen (Shellshag/Starcleaner), a paypal account has been set up to benefit our friends in DMBQ and Michelle Cable to help pay for medical expenses.
Please forward and post this information as much as you can. Donations can be made to DMBQ and Michelle Cable by using PayPal to donate to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending checks to:
Lovepump United, PO BOX 3241, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, USA
Wilma - one sneaky bitch
NEW PUNK VOTER COMP! Once again Punk Voter has teamed up with Fat Wreck Chords to compile a bunch of great punk bands for a great cause. The new CD is called "PROTECT: A Benefit For The National Association To Protect Children". It's 26 total songs and it has unreleased songs from Matt Skiba, Anti-Flag, Jawbreaker, Joey Cape, Against Me!, and a bunch more. Buy it here!
Jello Biafra with Melvins
We'll have a ton of Alternative Tentacles shirts, posters, bits, and of course cd and vinyl from all of the bands on the bill! Tickets are available via fax or the box office from the Great American Music HallGreat American Music Hall or on-line at virtuous.com.
(You can also buy combo dinner/show tickets through the Great American Music Hall)
The Administration is running scared as the counter-recruitment and opt-out movement grows across the spectrum of US society. (Part of the Bush's "No Child Left Behind" Act mandated that school children's information be given to military recruiters unless the parents opt out) Help tell the government that we will not be shipped overseas to fight a war started by lies and which has been mismanaged since before the first bomb dropped!