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.
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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Nov 2006 @ 7:56pm

    of course they aren't in touch with the user

    of course they aren't in touch with the user - they are like any other BUSINESS (especially hosting), they are in touch with profits. Is it really so shocking that a company that largely hosts a few million (at least) accounts for teenagers made an attempt to host something for an actual profit?

    and on another note - isn't Fox part of whatever media corporation that now owns Myspace? so people never thought that the company would take a domain/directory on a site it owns and do something they want with it?

    hell, maybe it's a publicity stunt - they figured if they only have 2100 "friends" over 2 years, not that many people visit the site. So, what better than to piss off 1 or 2 religiously devoted fans of the band so that they post to a major tech site, thus getting so many hits in 24 hours almost to the "slashdot effect"...

    I'm not really trying to defend Myspace, Fox, and/or whatever corporation owns them both - but isn't this almost normal now for companies to try to pull this kind of stunt?

    I could go on, and on, and on... but I'll stop now...

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