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By · February 28th, 2007 · Minimum Gauge

Arrrrrrg! Top Pirate Schools Announced

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced its list of the Top 25 music-piracy school in the country, signifying colleges that have received the most copyright infringement notices for illegal downloading on school computers. The RIAA says they've sent out three times as many notices this school year than last. Ohio University in Athens scored the top honors, with 1,287 notices sent out so far. OU officials say they came out on top because their networks easily identify offenders. The list is a part of the RIAA's ongoing intimidation tactics ­ presumably, they think pointing out the top piracy schools will scare the schools into being more aggressive in stopping illegal file-sharing. Meanwhile, technology and gadgetry site gizmodo.com has come up with a counter offensive. The site has called for a boycott of all RIAA-affiliate labels and releases in March. "They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don't like the way they're behaving, we can let them know with our wallets," the site declared. They recommend consumers buy music from indie labels and downloading sites like eMusic.com, and encourages music fans to continue supporting their favorite artists (RIAA-affiliated or not) by seeing them live and buying their merch (which nets performers more profit). How do you know if an artist is RIAA affiliated? At riaaradar.com, music fans can search for albums to find out whether it was released by an RIAA member or not.

Shortest. Reunion. Ever.

It seemed like a done deal. David Lee Roth was rejoining Van Halen for a 40-date reunion tour, with Michael Anthony sitting out so Eddie could give his son Wolfgang something to do besides play video games. There was even a photo released of the new lineup and Roth told Rolling Stone he thought this could be a longer-term reunion. Now the tour is off, or at the very least "postponed indefinitely," according to news reports, which have suggested that contract negotiations broke down. We will bet anyone $500 million that the glory-hog-supreme that is Roth will still be on hand March 12 when the band is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (he actually might be sleeping out in front of ceremony site Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC right now!), but many have been wondering exactly who else will show up for the induction. Eddie's appearance is reportedly uncertain. Meanwhile, the once-timely "best of" CD of Roth-era VH from Rhino Records is now also "indefinitely postponed." For those keeping score, the reunion lasted approximately 24 days and resulted in zero shows, no new recorded music and 75,031 new press quotes from Roth. Way to preserve the legacy, guys!

Idol Finds New Way to Take Your Money

The dreadful American Idol machine has found a devious way to get your money directly. You can now get your kid on the assembly line young, so he or she can be chewed up and spit out by the industry, just like some of their favorite AI contestants! "Idol Camp" is a 10-day summer camp in Massachusetts for Pop star wannabes aged 12 to 15. The camp is being presented by the company that produces Idol, and will feature former contestants and other industry types, with classes covering singing, acting and dancing. We also hope there are seminars like "Unrealistic Ambition: You Really Don't Have A Shot In Hell of Making It" and "Idol Etiquette" (sample topics ­ "Never Accept Beverages From Paula" and "Do Not Look Simon Directly in the Nipples"). Participation does not give campers any advantage when it comes to actually getting on the show (but how many enrollees do you think won't believe they're going to be the next Kelly Clarkson just 'cause they're there?). The cost? A mere $2,900 per student!



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