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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  1. identicon
    Andy is pissed, 19 Dec 2006 @ 1:18am

    IT'S BULLSHIT!

    cmon, im not really thinking anyone is really getting how screwed up this is.

    News Corp is a bunch of selfish greedy republicans. Yea, I understand that we, using a free service, have no control over what happens, and should appreciate what we have. But does that just excuse large companies to go and step on everyone smaller than them?

    I'm a photographer. I use myspace as a networking tool to help advertise my services, and you have no idea how much it has helped. And I dont have anywhere near 2000 friends yet.

    America is controlled by corporations. And frankly, i'm sick of hearing everyone say myspace is a fad and will eventually drift off. Look at ebay, google. They just got bigger, better. And so far, that's all myspace has done.

    It's going to grow, it's going to span out into more, it's becoming part of the american culture. It's rare anymore to find someone under 40 w/o a myspace.

    And of course aol went downhill as far as popularity goes, what is it? a monthly pay internet service. What's the point anymore? I've got highspeed, firefox, and aim. why would I need to pay extra for aol. its obsolete.

    myspace is free, fun, great way to network, and effing addicting.

    The show is pretty good, i've seen it. But that's no excuse to just up and delete someone's profile for a stupid url name. I mean, i'm sure fox would be able to find a name besides bones for there url, and im sure they could advertise it easily enough.

    but hey, check me out haha.

    AndyW PHOTO

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