The Popehat Signal: Help Needed For Threatened Fansite

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  1. mmrtnt says:

    Stuff like this makes me wish I was a real lawyer instead of just a bullshit artist.

  2. Kara says:

    I am not a lawyer and I have nothing to offer .. except to say thank you for being a place/people/site that does things like this. Many years ago I was screwed over by an unscrupulous business partner and a lawyer who knew a lawyer who knew another lawyer found someone to help me out with the understanding that "someday" I'd be able to pay them back – but I couldn't right now. It's folks like all of you who make this world a better place.

  3. Ray says:

    First off, it makes me feel about about the internet that you use it to do things like this.

    Second off, what kind of band goes ahead and sues someone who runs a FAN SITE. Some people make that argument with regards to suing people who download music, but I think it applies without any real qualifications here. I suppose I don't know all the facts, but the band better work pretty hard at keeping that under wraps, because I have to think it will make them look pretty terrible, and will likely have a huge chilling effect on their internet fanbase.

  4. TJIC says:

    > Stuff like this makes me wish I was a real lawyer instead of just a bullshit artist.

    Artist?

    Wow, you're good.

    I'm just a bullshit amateur. #need_to_go_to_bullshit_art_school

  5. Al says:

    Attention unamed band: Get out in front of this right now. Fire your current management then fly out to Boston and do a benefit gig with the people running the fansite backstage or doing some MC bits or something. Unless the fansite is some kind of front for puppy smuggling terrorists you are looking at a PR nightmare when this goes public.

  6. Josh M. says:

    Oh, gods…This has "Streisand Effect" written all over it. I do hope it isn't a band I enjoy…I'll be most displeased if one of the bands I like is this f'ing dumb.

    And if it's not, then I'll be sitting over here with my popcorn.

    Oh, what the hell, who am I kidding? I'll be sitting over here with my popcorn no matter which band it is.

  7. andrews says:

    Sounds like a missed opportunity for the band's LA lawyer to actually counsel their client to not do something stupid.

    Here in [state], the law school ranked the grads. Bottom of the class still passed the bar exam, and the "biglaw" jobs for them (foreclosure mills) could not absorb them all. Somewhere out here in my state, we have lawyers writing letters no less stupid than the one your fan site received.

    The question is "why?". Evidently there is no stupidity disqualifier, that if you do stupid stuff you can no longer be a big-shot LA lawyer. There is no such disqualifier in [state], either.

  8. Groovymarlin says:

    Not a lawyer, don't even play one on TV, but dying of curiosity to know what band this is. I have a feeling we'll all find out sooner or later, if they don't wise up and advise their new management/attorney to back off!

  9. Backstabbed says:

    Hello!
    I'm the owner of the site mentioned here. First, I want to thank Ken for doing this! This site is amazing and help like this is invaluable.

    I guess I can add a few extra comments. I don't want to give out the site information because the fans would be hurt greatly. The site gets at least 3 million unique visitors each month. There is no advertising on the site and nothing generating revenue. I run special projects that were assigned to me by the band and even right NOW I'm currently working on 3 separate projects for them. This came 100000% out of the blue. Absolutely nothing has happened recently to cause this except that they have new management. This has literally been a full time job and I have never been paid by them for anything, not even travel to a show that I was running an event at, EVER. I feel hurt beyond repair. I have direct contact with some of the band members, their management and staff but no one has answered or returned my calls with the exception of one of them who basically acted as though this was something that needed to be done. I would have completely understood if I had done something against them or posted something inappropriate but I have done nothing except to help them and engage the fans for well over 15 years.

  10. Dan Weber says:

    If the guy is fan of the band, he probably doesn't want the band dragged (drug?) through the mud.

  11. mmrtnt says:

    I'm just a bullshit amateur.

    Art is in the eye of the BS'er I guess…

  12. Art says:

    Count me among those insanely curious as to what band this was. I have a sinking feeling that I know who it is…

  13. Oomph says:

    Streisand Effect aside, what can the band (management) possibly gain by having a fan site shutdown? I could understand if it was a hate site, or perhaps if it was leaking albums before release etc. But really, why don't they try and make NME / Rolling Stone / 'Insert More Relevant Musical Publication Here' cease and desist from publishing reviews of their music while they are at?

  14. Backstabbed says:

    "Oomph", Yes, I agree! The site is FAR from a hate site and as a matter of fact we rally up fans to get them special awards, run large campaigns when there's a "viewers choice" type award, schedule large scale call-ins to radio stations when they're guests and a lot more. To be honest, I know any other fan sites that do the kinds of things that we do.

    "Art" I really doubt that you know who it is. But I'm curious to know who you think it is, LOL!

  15. AlphaCentauri says:

    Looks like this is a trend:
    http://fanlore.org/wiki/The_War_against_Fandom

  16. Kelly says:

    Is it wrong that I am getting popcorn and waiting impatiently to find out what band this is and *really* hoping it isn't one I like?

  1. October 23, 2012

    […] Ken at Popehat is looking for pro-bono legal help for a music fan site that after years of faithful service to an unnamed band is now being "cease-and-desist"-ed by the band's new management: It's time to put out the Popehat Signal on behalf of a threatened web site. […]