Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Bye Bye Van Morrison

Nathan Nothin’s blog Nothin' Sez Somethin' posted about his experience with "Van’s people".  I have a lot of sympathy with Van and other artists about how their albums are "shoplifted" online by thousands of people.   A number of blogs have official Van albums that can be ‘ripped’.  It is my belief that true fans of The Man would never rip him off.  Isn’t he worth us spending money on his albums?  Why do people want to own millions of albums in mp3 form? I don’t get it.  It seems to be a particularly ugly form of greed, particularly when Spotify exists. 

I'm not talking about the concert bootlegs. Concert bootlegs are illegal but I know a lot of hardcore fans want hundreds of these concert 'albums'.  One fan has more than 2000 concerts on tape, CD, vinyl and mp3.  
 Bye Bye Van Morrison

Today I received the following notification from Blogger:
"We have received a DMCA complaint for your blog, Nothin' Sez Somethin'. An e-mail with the details of the complaint was sent to you on Jan 21, 2010 , and we reset the post status to "Draft"; you can edit it here. You may republish the post with the offending content and/or link(s) removed. If you believe you have the rights to post this content, you can file a counter-claim with us. For more on our DMCA policy, please click here. Thank you for your prompt attention."

The offending post was the Parrot Records U.S. version of The Angry Young Them from 1965 from that curmudgeon Van Morrison & the band that dumped him. My response..."Good Riddance!"

Reader Comments About Van Asserting his Ownership Rights
Iamarobotiobey   -   Ol' Vanny seems like he'd be a dick in real life.

Anonymous   -   Just another boring, washed-up musician anyway---no big loss. His music is only good, if you suffer from insomnia and need something to help you with getting to sleep.
rock and roll history   -   I know someone who met him a few years back. She said he was a real jag off.

   -   Thanks so much, my friends. You have so eloquently described Van Morrison while I was too chicken (under the false guise of politeness) to say how I really felt. The only reason I even posted the album in the first place was because it was long out of print (at least the U.S. Parrot Records version) & contained the song Gloria that Patti Smith made me love. Thanks again, & as anonymous so rightly big loss. No loss at all.

Ib   -   Yep. Van is the most guarded hump on the ethernet. The first 'threat' ever thrown my way - pre DMCA - was from the English based Web Sheriff regarding GloriaIn addition, the intimation was that if I even decided to play a cover of a Van Morrison song - Patti, in short - I might find myself back in litigious hot water.

   -   Someone logged in on another person’s blogger account??? & posing as that person left a very derisive comment on my blog...not once, but on every post on this page & he accused me of stealing one of his links for one of my posts. Since I didn't really enjoy the grade-school antics & pride myself on personal & original content, I took issue with him & the screed that boiled forth from yours truly was slightly frosty. I also posted my reply on the alleged perpetrator's blog. The real blogger left word that the comments weren't from him, but was someone posing as him, I removed my rant, & that was it.

Heve Stughes   -   Another victim of Van Morrison's blog-whackers union, I see.

Salmagundi Syncopation   -   Back in 1993 I was interviewing Maria McKee for the college radio station I volunteered with. She loves Van Morrison and told me that when she met him finally after wanting to for so long, all he did was say, "Where's Bono? More wine." Jerk. I'll never forget her telling me that.

Ib   -   If all he'd said was more wine I could easily forgive him.

Antonio Uchoa   -   Come on, guys, Van the man ain't no jerk, that's the job of record company people! a man of genius is not necessarily a nice person all the time, from Wagner to Miles, and Lennon or Waters, and so on! He must be judged by his work, not his flaws as a person.

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