View Full Version : Buymusic.com in legal hotwater?

Jul 29, 2003, 08:24 AM
ohhhh I've submitted this to front page but couldn't hold it in anylonger (I'm a weak person);

This was sent to xlr8yourmac.com;

" My name is Jody Whitesides, I'm an artist that is about to be brought to the Apple iTunes Music Store. Of course I recently heard about BuyMusic so I decided to point my Mac browser at it (with Javascript turned off you can see the site).
(Note: this tip works with Safari but not with Internet Explorer, even with Java diabled in IE prefs you can't use the Buymusic.com site - Mike)

I did a search for one of my old CD's (Amalgam - Delicate Stretch of the Seems) that will be going onto iTunes and It turns out my CD was there on BuyMusic.com. (I verified that album is there as of today-Mike) As were the CD's of several other bands that I'm friends with, John M, Throwing Toasters, and more. All of whom were not contacted about being placed for sale there.

Here's what I've deduced... BuyMusic.com (which I will refer to as BM) got some of their library of 300,000 plus songs from a company called the Orchard. The Orchard is a distribution company that has not returned my CD's when asked, nor terminated the contract. So, without the express consent of me, BM has put it up for sale at the bargain price of $.79 a song.

Now they can tout they're selling tracks at $.79 and they can say they have a library of music of over 300,000 songs. But by their very own site policy they are committing copyright infringement. They have done this to lure PC/windows users to their site in hopes to sell the major label aquired songs they do have, at a price that is equal to or higher than Apple's $.99.

I'm currently looking into legal means to have my music removed from their site and strongly encourage users to not browse BM's site nor purchase from it.
Thank You,
Jody Whitesides
Music you'll love or hate!
or visit: http://jodywhitesides.com"

I so hope this is true!


Jul 29, 2003, 08:28 AM


I've only been first on one story since I joined :(