2003 – A judge orders a Japanese businessman to stay away from Britney Spears after declaring Masahiko Shizawa “was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears.” Join the club!
2003 – A Georgia judge rules that ex-New Edition singer Bobby Brown will have to serve nine days in jail for parole violations.
2002 A judge rules that Courtney Love will not have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as part of her legal struggle with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic over control of Nirvana’s recordings.
2001 – Napster executives are told by a federal judge that as soon as the recording industry provides them with a list of copyrighted songs to be removed from their file-swapping Web site, they will have 72 hours to comply. Furthermore, Napster is sued by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for Copyright […]
2000 – A federal judge awards Herb Reed of the legendary doo-wop group the Platters an injunction against another group Reed described as “these phony people going around calling themselves the Platters.”
2000 – The recording industry asks Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters. As they say in the music business, “It all begins with a song.”1 This is true from a commercial perspective, […]
1999 – Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. As wife Pamela Anderson Lee looks on, the former Motley Crue drummer is told by the Malibu judge that he is “entitled to more confidence,” and that Lee will now be allowed […]
1998 – Bobby Brown turns himself in on an arrest warrant issued after a report that he was drunk when he surrendered earlier in the year to serve time for drunken driving. An upset judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., releases Brown on $2,500 bail, but says he is losing patience.
1998 – A federal judge in St. Louis rules that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band will not be allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in its ’60s medley. The song had been banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use. Come to think of it, a brass-heavy […]
1998 – Scott Weiland misses his second court date, stemming from drug possession charges earlier in the year. His second absence prompts the presiding judge to issue a bench warrant for the rocker’s arrest.
1997 – A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family are not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.