Fox Gives Band's MySpace URL To Fox TV Show
from the so-sorry,-Rupert-made-us-do-it dept
When there are disputes over who gets to own a domain name, they go to an independent panel to determine the outcome. A lot of the results are somewhat random (and not always that intelligent), but at least there's a process. When it comes to MySpace pages, it appears you're entirely at the whim of News Corp. and Fox. Take, for example, the case of an independent band from Louisiana called Bones. They (like so many other indie bands) had been using MySpace to help build up their fan-base, collecting over 2100 friends in about two years of using the service. And then, the other day with no warning, it appears that Fox simply took over the site and gave it to their own TV show, also named Bones. Of course, the good news is that there was a loud outcry from some of the band's fans, and MySpace eventually gave them back their page -- but just the fact that Fox/MySpace would even think it was a reasonable thing to do in the first place suggests they're not quite as in touch with the MySpace user base as they pretend to be.