2005 – Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine sues his former bassist David Ellefson, alleging he used the name of the group without Mustaine’s permission.
2004 – The Grey Album, which mixes Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album, is made available for free download as part of a “Grey Tuesday” protest. DJ Danger Mouse was barred from releasing the record by EMI, who refused permission to use Beatles samples and threatened legal action.
2004 – Frank Zappa’s widow Gail appears in a Quebec City courtroom as proceedings open in her lawsuit against the Ameublements Tanguay furniture store. She alleges they used a portion of Zappa’s “Watermelon in Easter Hay” as background music in a TV commercial without permission.
2001 – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that MP3-swapping Web site Napster must stop its users from trading tunes without the permission of their copyright owners. “The court’s decision … confirms that Napster was wrong in exploiting music by artists who do not want to be a part of the Napster system,” […]
2000 – LL Cool J is sued by former members of the Furious Five, who allege his 1997 song “4, 3, 2, 1” sampled their 1979 “Superappin’” without their permission.
2000 – Barenaked Ladies and Toronto settle an 8-year-old feud as the band accepts the key to the Canadian city. In 1992, the group was denied permission to play a free show because the city’s mayor said its name “objectified women.”
2000 – Former Village Voice writer Jimmy McDonough sues veteran rocker Neil Young for $1.8 million for fraud. The suit stems from the musicians alleged refusal to allow publication of a biography written by McDonough with Young’s permission and assistance.
1992 – “Sex,” a book of erotic photographs of Madonna, is released. Sex is a highly-designed coffee table book written by Madonna with photographs by Steven Meisel and film frames taken from film shot by Fabien Baron. Sex was released on October 21, 1992 by Warner Books. The book was released by Madonna as an […]
1985 – After Paul McCartney advises him to invest in a music catalog, Michael Jackson buys ATV’s for $47.5 million. The catalog contains 251 Beatles songs written by Lennon and McCartney. Michael Broke a sacred trust amoung artists… turned corporate on McCartney after trying to help him. Disgusting. This is one of those items which […]
1978 – England’s Lawn Tennis Association refuse to give permission for Queen to perform an open-air concert at Wimbledon. Bjorn Borg wouldv’e loved it.
1974 – The first Beatles Convention is held in Boston. A Brief History of THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS. Many people ask how THE FEST got started, so I thought I would tell a brief history: John Lennon with Harry Nilsson in NY 1974 I, Mark Lapidos, was always a big Beatles fan and thought […]
1964 – John Lennon gives his permission for his drawing titled “The Fat Budgie” to be printed up on Christmas cards.