Bryan Adams Sends Copyright Bullies After Fan Sites
from the how-anti-fan-can-you-be? dept
One of Prince’s more absurd moments of fan abuse came when he threatened various fansites for hosting photos of him and including images of album covers on their sites. Yes, these were fansites, promoting Prince and his music… and Prince threatened them. It appears that musician Bryan Adams is now doing the same, hiring WebSheriff (one of the companies that tries to track down file sharing) to bully and threaten Bryan Adams’ fansites for daring to help promote Adams. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Bryan Adams has fansites? But, beyond that, it does seem like WebSheriff is going beyond legal boundaries in its threats. Its big complaint seems to be that some of these sites link to unauthorized versions of Adams’ music. But linking isn’t illegal in most places, so it’s difficult to see what sort of legal leg they have to stand on. If I ran a fansite helping to promote a musician for free, and then started receiving legal threats over it, my instincts would be to simply stop helping promote that musician’s work for free — and let the musician know that if they wanted me to continue promoting his work, he should pay up.