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European Union Passes Volume Limits for Bagpipes

Bagpipers across Europe are protesting new regulations that would force them to pipe quietly.  European Union officials in Brussels have ruled that, under EU health and safety laws, bagpipes cannot expose users to average noise levels of more than 85…


Guitar Has-Beens v. Guitar Hero

On November 20, attorneys for the band The Romantics filed a complaint in federal court against Activision, the publisher of the game "Guitar Hero," claiming that the game infringes on the group’s rights to its own likeness. In the interest…


UPDATED: Lawyer Songs Reasonably Likely to Rock

Berkeley Law School student Josh Keesan got some attention recently for his album, "The Law of Rock, Vol. 1."  "Put down your commercial outlines and treatises," says Josh’s website; "here, for the first time, you can learn complex legal doctrines…


Tool Sued

The New Orleans bureau has alerted me to a new lawsuit against the rock band Tool, filed in federal court in Louisiana.  Tool, whose music is described as "heavy metal," "alternative metal," "art rock," "art metal," "progressive rock," "progressive metal,"…


Seattle Attack Blamed on Karaoke, Coldplay

A 21-year-old woman was arrested and booked last Thursday after she assaulted a man during an karaoke performance.  Witnesses reported the man was attempting the Coldplay song "Yellow" when the woman lost control and attacked him. Personally, I was surprised…


Marilyn Manson Sued by Former Bandmate

On Thursday, a former member of Marilyn Manson’s band sued him, claiming that Manson (whose real name is the slightly more mundane "Brian Warner") misled him as to how much money the band was making, and instead went on a…


Burglar’s Plea to “Let It Be” Backfires With Judge

Quality judicial work by Judge Gregory Todd of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, Yellowstone County, Montana.  You can see a PDF of the memo itself at the link below, but here’s an excerpt: Mr. McCormack, you pled guilty to the…


Pakistani Supreme Court Intervenes in Song-Lyric Dispute

Those of you worried about an activist Supreme Court may want to consider how bad things could be.  Reuters News reported yesterday that Pakistan’s Supreme Court had intervened to order a pop singer to change the lyrics of one of…


Florida Governor Will Review Request to Pardon Jim Morrison

Governor Charlie Crist said Tuesday that he would review a request by two Doors fans to pardon Jim Morrison in order to clear the singer’s name of his 1969 conviction for indecent exposure.  Morrison allegedly exposed himself while on stage…