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According to a BBC Northern Ireland article:

“A woman charged with wounding her partner with a knife has had her bail conditions relaxed so she can go to a Lady Ga Ga concert in Belfast [on Saturday].

Hayley Mitchell, 32, of Sullenboy Park, Cookstown, is alleged to have attacked the man twice earlier this month…

The victim suffered a four inch cut on his upper lip, a cut to the head which required two staples and a number of other injuries to his face.”

…is that safe?

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We here at the legal affairs desk think a lot about how money, music, and the law interact. Hell, we made a desk to sit at and ruminate on those  very topics! Well, last week The New York Times came out with this fascinating article on how licensing firms collect royalties. I whole heartedly recommend this article to anyone who is curious about intellectual property and the economics of the music industry. However, while the article provides a descriptive view of the individuals involved in collecting artist’s royalties, it does leave the reader wanting for an explanation of how musicians get paid when songs get played. (more…)

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Music is a powerful political tool; it both has aesthetic appeal and the ability to project a message.  It is then easy to understand why candidates for public office play music at rallies, appear with iconic musicians, or include songs in their commercials.  The impact of these tactics varies, but there have been some notably positive results: take, for example, the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign’s use of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”  Not only did it help to propel Clinton into the White House (though I will not go so far as to claim that the Mac is responsible for that achievement), but Clinton was apparently able to convince the then-broken-up band to play at his inaugural ball.

However, not all is well at the intersection of politicians and pop music.  Playtonic favorite David Byrne (who kinda looks like Charlie Crist nowadays) has filed suit in the Federal District Court in Tampa, Florida against Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who has been serving in that capacity as a Republican and is currently running for the open Senate seat as an Independent.  The charges stem from the alleged unauthorized use of the Talking Heads song “Road to Nowhere” in an online campaign ad that attacked rival Republican Marco Rubio.  Byrne has alleged both copyright infringement and false endorsement and is seeking $1 million in damages.  Unfortunately, the video has been removed from both Youtube and the Crist campaign website. (more…)

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Merry Monday Playtonics!

Over the weekend, we here at the Legal Affairs Desk caught wind of a NYTimes article titled “Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say.” According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, “In 2008, 83 percent of graduating students had held internships, up from 9 percent in 1992.” As the article points out, “This means hundreds of thousands of students hold internships each year; some experts estimate that one-fourth to one-half are unpaid.” These positions are often offered with the promise of resume building and education, however when interns perform menial tasks for no pay at for-profit companies, this appears to be a violation of worker’s rights.

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The Legal Affairs Desk takes a generally supportive line on nudity in the pursuit of artistic expression, which is why we were distressed to learn that “The Queen of Neo-Soul” Erykah Badu has been charged with disorderly conduct in relation to the recent filming of her new music video “Window Seat.”  The video shows Badu, a Dallas, Texas native, performing a walking striptease until entirely nude in Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

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All rise for the honorable Playtonic Judge of the esteemed Legal Affairs Desk!  Today’s legal affair? Axl Rose is being sued by his former manager who says the singer owes him close to $2 million in unpaid commissions. Front Line Management, founded by Irving Azoff, claims to have had an oral agreement with Rose for 15 percent of his commissions, due on more than $12 million of earnings from overseas performances. Thus far Rose is mum on the issue but we’ll post comments on this story if and when we hear anything more. Legal affair temporarily suspended!  [AP]

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Today, we here at the Legal Affairs Desk caught wind that an alleged robbery has taken place. Underground club artist Eddy Grant claims via the Internet that Gorillaz took significant portions of his song, “Time Warp” to make “Stylo” without giving him credit [via PrefixMag].

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