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March 26, 2012

How To Upset Me by IAN

Filed under: Copyright Issue, Band Promotion — ian @ 7:04 pm

Independent Artist Network
IAN - IndependentArtistNetwork

Over the past thirty years I have worked with many artists: actors, dancers, photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians, designers & writers, some who are famous, all are highly principled (I think!); the one thing that they all worry about is copyright infringement - especially the lesser known independent artists, because when people copy and use their work it normally cuts into their megre earnings and they feel cheated!

The music and film industries are almost obsessed with the problem because copyright infringement costs them millions of dollars - peer-to-peer networks, file sharing sites like the Swedish website The Pirate Bay, are constantly facing litigation and are always under the threat of being shut down; quite rightly so, say the media companies; supporters of file sharing say, "a person who does not share is not only selfish, but bitter and alone" - quote Paulo Coelho 2009. But What About Me, How Do I Feel?

I feel rotten. I get pissed off when tossers use my work and don’t support me by giving me a shout out. I spend hours helping musicians and artists to get their websites noticed and I do it for free. My articles aren’t hidden away in a $10 eBook or Kindle download, they’re open for all to see and use, all I want is for users to follow my copyright and not steal my thunder!

Steven Cooper - Feed him to the pigs said Brick Top

Steven Cooper @iamstevencooper, a Music Professional and owner of Independent Artist Network, copied and posted my article How To Make Money Online By Selling Music onto his website in the Music Business 101 section. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind Mr Cooper using my work, I love it, just like a musician who loves people listening to their music; however, when the accreditation to my work is ambiguous and does not comply with my (UnsignedBandPromotion) Copyright, I get a little upset.

It is very simple Mr Cooper, my work is offered to one and all under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, which means, it’s yours to use as long as you attribute the work to UnsignedBandPromotion (inc. credit) and Link Back. I do have a universal Copyright Notice which states, "Copyright 1994 All Rights Reserved - unless otherwise stated."

Should You Wish To Use Our Work

Please Link to the Original Article and also include our credit:
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target=”_blank”>Unsigned Band Promotion</a> help musicians and artists to get their websites noticed by fans, search engines and the music industry in half the time they could do it on their own.</p>

If in doubt, please get in contact, I like to say yes. Thanks for your support and should you wish to make a small Donation, I’d be most grateful ;D Ian xx

December 1, 2010

A Band Name That Everyone Cares About

Filed under: Copyright Issue, Band Promotion — ian @ 3:47 pm

Over this last year I’ve noticed a ’strange’ trend (if that’s what it is), bands who share their name with other bands! A typical example would be, a new, start-up band (band B) who choose and use a band’s name that already exists; meaning, the name is being used (and maybe owned) by another band (band A). Neither band seems to care! It gets worse, band A may not even own the domain name when it IS available - how odd and careless is that? Band B doesn’t own it either! They’ve both just got FaceSpace addresses.

To me, the message these bands are shouting is clear, "We don’t expect to progress and succeed. We are going to fail." It’s exactly the same as hanging out an under construction banner on your website; you may as well say Band In Difficulty. Band A is not protecting their band’s name, band B don’t care, they just LOVE the name and they Are going to use it. This is all SO un-fast-food-restaurant-like, try opening a cafe called Maccy D’s!

As soon as one of the bands becomes more successful, maybe they get signed, the shit will hit the fan because money gets involved. The ill-prepared band normally loses the fight, but that may not be the more successful band.

It’s quite easy to avoid those nasty emails and future painful & expensive litigation:

  • Pick a unique, short and memorable name for your band and check it out by:
    1. typing it into the search engines, e.g., "Your Band Name", "YourBandName". Also try searching with the ’suffix’ band and music at the end.
    2. seeing if the URL and MySpace is available, and
    3. finding out if it’s already been registered @ (there’s a one-off registration fee of $15.00 (£9.94))
    4. seeing if it’s already been trade marked @ UK Patent Office - Trade Marks and USA Patent and Trademark Office
  • Try Name Pistol a band name generator, to help find a name!
  • If all is O.K. and even if you don’t have a website, Buy the URL (use search box below). Get the FaceSpace, register at, Trade Mark it, make a mini E.P. (name on cover art) and get some business cards printed (keep all the receipts).

What happens if your band’s name IS being used by another band either as a trading name, as a domain name or both?

  • Check out your own position and establish who has the right to use the name - this could be as simple as who started to use the name first!
  • Send the offending band a Cease and Desist letter/email.
  • Try negotiating with the other party (seek professional legal advice - maybe expensive!) - Independent Music Law Advice can represent you and deal with all your legal issues?

May 28, 2010

Music Worxz Are Plagiarists

Filed under: Copyright Issue — ian @ 10:19 pm

Music Worxz Are Plagiarists

Music Worxz are plagiarists, they’ve copied: 101 Reasons Why Your Band Needs A Website. Why? Are Music Worxz stupid tossers? If Music Worxz made you a website, would Music Worxz copy someone else’s work and get You into trouble? YES, I bet they would. I wouldn’t trust Music Worxz because they do not respect other people’s copyright.

UnsignedBandPromotion’s work is offered to you under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, which means, it’s yours to use as long as you Attribute the work to Unsigned Band Promotion and Link Back.

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May 2, 2010

Band Missed Domain Name

Filed under: Copyright Issue, General Musings, Band News, Band Promotion — ian @ 2:04 pm

Buy Your Name Now - before I do

There have been a couple of incidents recently when I have looked for a band’s website and have discovered that they do not have one. Then I find out that they do not even own their own domain name! Odd. Buy your band’s domain name now, before I do. I like Network Solutions - use the search box above. I am an affiliate, so I will get a small commission, but don’t be put off by that as Network Solutions are excellent value for money.

March 8, 2009

Some Bands Can Be Such Hypocrites

Filed under: Copyright Issue, Band News — ian @ 11:48 pm

Wednesday Night Coincidence[NEW EDITED VERSION]
I have just received a most gracious and heartfelt email from Wednesday Night Coincidence which fully explains their faux pas, I am humbled. Of course like most bands WNC are “just a group of friends having a good time” and that is reflected in their brilliantly performed music.

Wednesday Night Coincidence have just launched their new and updated website “08:03:2009″ choosing our Website Template as a framework - thanx :)

My gripe is with bands (unlike Wednesday Night Coincidence) who hypocritically fight to protect their own work while stealing other peoples’.

I find it very funny, over the years I’ve worked with many artists from all disciplines (photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians, writers… often incredibly famous and All highly principled) and the one thing they worry about is copyright - people copying their work. …The music and film industries are almost obsessed with the problem because it costs them so much money, yet, if one looks around some of them are at it too, copying other people’s work and claiming it for themselves.

Unsigned Band Promotion’s Band Website Template is offered free under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, which means: it’s yours to use and fuck around with freely and as much as you like, but Please Keep Our Link IN. Our Website Template is fully supported, if you have any problems with it just ask - it won’t cost you!

Out for kicks,
Unsigned Band Promotion
~ helping musicians and artists get their websites noticed by fans, search engines
and the music industry in half the time they could do it on their own ~

February 3, 2009

Crap Rap Crap Publicity - RapPublicity

Filed under: Copyright Issue, General Musings, Band News — ian @ 4:12 pm

crap rap crap publicity - rappublicityAbout eight years ago, sometime in 2001, I copied two pieces of work. One was a “handy” links page and the other was a Cascading Style Sheet. The original owners soon found out and I was soundly castigated - quite right too. I wasn’t on the make or take, but I was being lazy and naive thinking, “I would get away with it and it didn’t really matter” - it does matter and it always did. I’ve been on the Internet for about fifteen years and over that time I’ve made plenty of etiquette (I think plagiarism is more than an etiquette problem) mistakes, but I always try to correct myself as soon as I realize I’ve been a stupid prat.

On the other hand, I Have Been Copied loads of times (I mainly use Copyscape to find the plagiarists) and it always pisses me off, even though they say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, but without attribution it’s theft!

Here is the latest Plagiarist Crap Publicity.

As I said, “I mainly use Copyscape to find the plagiarists”, but this time Google Alerts did the job for me, offering up 101 Band Promotion Tips by Dj 3 Strikes on Get Gwap. As soon as I see 101 Band Promotion Tips, I start thinking “Some stupid tosser has copied it again because they can’t be arsed or haven’t got the brains to do it themselves”. And I don’t mind if they give me the attribution and a link. So, I followed the Read More… link on Get Gwap to: Crap Publicity. And there it was, my work, no attribution and no link - not that a link would help, Crap Publicity contributes to the web with Nofollow Reciprocity!!! I take a good look at the two websites to see if I can find out who’s behind it all so I can email and whinge. I discover a well connected labyrinth…

Here’s a taster:
Get Gwap
Dj 3 Strikes [Ryan, New London, Connecticut 06320] - he can handle real shit.
Crap Publicity [Ryan, New London, Connecticut 06320] - Learn the secrets of marketing from a plagiarist.
Dirty Pockets Productions [Ryan, New London, Connecticut 06320] crap production & promotion team.
Stax BriX [The 5ft Bully, New London, Connecticut 06320] - politically crap & mindless.

…And of course Crap Publicity has copied Bob Baker’s - How to Use Video to Promote Your Music Online, see: Crap Publicity’s version and I’m sure Crap Publicity has copied others.

Without becoming too vitriolic, I’d say Ryan is a guy who would like to be taken seriously as a self made artist and a rap promoter, he has some talent (if you search Google for: 101 Band Promotion Tips, Crap Publicity is #1 (I’m number 2!)) and works hard at it, but let’s face it, would you trust a guy who steels other peoples’ efforts not to rip you off?

Cutting The Crap,
Unsigned Band Promotion
~ helping musicians and artists get their websites noticed by fans, search engines
and the music industry in half the time they could do it on their own ~

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