You probably saw it at Torrent Freak, about the band All Shall Perish [guess which genre?] who signed to the German label Nuclear Blast. So you’d expect there’d be management issues, people being ripped off, that sort of thing.
Worse. Some Panamanian outfit, World Digital Rights, is suing the band’s fans:
World Digital Rights demands that each defendant is held “jointly and severally liable for the direct infringement of each other defendant” and held liable for statutory damages of $150,000.
The band’s fans are not all that happy and neither is the band who knew nothing about it. Nuclear Blast sold the digital rights to this fly-by-night outfit and as one commenter pointed out, they have the legal right to sue fans to their heart’s content until the band is just a dirty three words to any potential fans.
The band does not like that. Neither do the fans. The band should have a manager and his job was to check the fine print. However much a band wants to get its foot on the rung, who would do it at this cost? Many would like to see the banana company run out of town or even off the earth.
The hardheads say “business is business”, music is just business and the purpose of business is to squeeze the max out, however it can, no holds barred, f*** the creative people in this thing.