Although battles between artists and streaming services are nothing new, a major battle in the war was announced yesterday (February 3) as Spinrilla is being sued by the RIAA representing many of today’s top major labels.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, UMG, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Recording Corporation and LaFace Records are all suing Spinrilla and its founder, Jeffery Dylan Copeland, in Georgia federal court.
The case says it counts 21,000 copyright infringements from the music that Spinrilla has available on its site. It claims Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé are among those that have been featured without receiving compensation for their work.
“Through the Spinrilla website and apps, users with an artist account can upload content that any other user can then download or stream on demand for free, an unlimited number of times,” the RIAA’s lawyer James Lamberth writes in the complaint. “A substantial amount of content uploaded to the Spinrilla website and apps consists of popular sound recordings whose copyrights are owned by Plaintiffs.”
The RIAA issued its own statement on the matter as it is demanding actual or statutory damages and an injunction on the copyrighted material.
“Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free,” the company says. “Fans today have access to millions upon millions of songs from innovative platforms and services that pay creators — this kind of illicit activity has no place in today’s music marketplace.”
The case is reminiscent of the RIAA suing Napster in 2000 with Dr. Dre and Metallica in tow. The revolutionary company was founded in 1999 by two teenagers who wanted a way to freely share music with friends. After garnering more than 20 million users within a year, Napster shut down in 2001 because of the lawsuit.
Other tales in the recent streaming wars include Taylor Swift taking her music down from Spotify and threatening to do the same for Apple Music and Jay Z’s TIDAL being sued for $5 million by an independent artist for reportedly not giving proper compensation. TIDAL had more woes over the release of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo when fans sued claiming that the company tricked them into getting a subscription by saying the project was an exclusive, but then releasing it to all streaming services later. ‘Ye has had his own strifes with streaming, saying the competition between TIDAL and Apple Music caused the rift between him and Jay that prevented a Watch the Throne 2 from ever happening.
Stop playing with Chris Brown before he gotta put the beats on one of y’all rappers!! He also says he setting the fight up with Big Soulja
10:48 AM – 2 Feb 2017
Self-proclaimed stalker Chris Brown has been rather silent regarding the upcoming celebrity boxing match between him and Soulja Boy, but a new social media post shows that the event is still on his radar. In the quick clip, Breezy said the fight is still on and took shots at some other unnamed targets along the way.
Footage of the video was snagged by DJ Akademiks, who reposted the clip on his website. Brown, with a toothpick in his mouth, levied some sneering words at his rival while never directly naming him. The obvious nod being Brown stating something about a “superhero costume” toward the end. The transcription of the video is below.
“When I pull up on you, it’s going down,” Breezy says. “We gon’ set this fight up, we went through all that. But niggas is always going to slick talk. And they know, when I’m in the same room, they chest deflate than a motherfucker. Boy, stop putting that superhero costume on before we torture you.”
Brown is reportedly being trained by Mike Tyson and, after firing Floyd Mayweather as a boxing coach, Soulja Boy has turned to former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield to teach him the pugilistic ropes. This comes after the human “Draco” said he’d put on the fight himself.
There is also that pesky felony gun charge Soulja faces in California after a mini Draco AR-15 was found in his Los Angeles home. The firearm is illegal in the state.
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SALEM, SC – Listeners of Sunny 107.9 WFBS-FM in Salem, South Carolina got an earful of YG and Nipsey Hussle‘s anti-Donald Trump track “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)” this week after hackers intercepted the station’s signal. WFBS wasn’t the only station to play the profane track as several other stations revealed that their signals were also targets of the hack in recent times.
On Monday (January 30), WFBS said that the track played on repeat for 15 minutes straight, the Associated Press reports. The small community radio station covers about a 10-mile radius of Salem, but the damage was far-reaching enough for the Federal Communications Commission to get involved and investigate the matter.
Previously, other reports of “FDT” playing at other stations began to occur, including small stations in Seattle; Louisville, Kentucky and San Angelo, Texas. How the hackers were able to pull off the feat was by manipulating the internet-connected signals of the various stations.
In the town of Mooresville, North Carolina, the airing of a Davidson College basketball game was disrupted Tuesday night (January 31) after hackers intercepted the video feed and played a 25-second audio loop of “FDT” reports the Mooresville Tribune.
The general manager of local cable TV provider MI-Connection said that the suspects were able to hack into the station’s audio feed of the Davidson game via a local WHIP radio station. The loop played for around five minutes, according to reports.
On President Trump’s inauguration day (January 20), low-broadcast stations in the aforementioned cities, including Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Evansville, Indiana, also issued reports of “FDT” airing over their respective feeds.
According to a report from Radio Insight, the hack was done with an audio-over-IP device known as a Barix Extreamer and traced the IP address used by the hackers to an international source. The Barix box has been used in similar hacks of what is known as Low Power FM Stations recently as last year.
There’s no way to verify whether Jeffrey is indeed the richest rapper in ATL, but he has had his share of bad rap in the past. His proclivity to wear dresses and other feminine clothing and accessories has attracted homophobic jeers from many haters.
Last year, Future and Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour raked in $84.3 million to become the highest grossing hip hop tour of all time. Perhaps, Thugger expects Boy Meets World to earn him a similar payday.
Do you agree that Young Thug gets the most hate?
The Yeezy Season 5 fashion show will focus on plenty of upcoming apparel pieces but this event will likely give us a glimpse at some new Adidas Yeezy Boost footwear as well.
Fashionista also reports that Kanye will be sharing a show time slot with Assembly and Marchesa, and is just before Thom Browne’s show at 6 p.m.
Additional details regarding whether or not Kanye will be premiering new music during the Yeezy Season 5 unveiling have not yet been announced.