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Briefly News and Comment: Berry v. Johnson, Vivendi Universal v. Love

update: New York continues scalping ban. Updated Air itinerary. Plea agreement in New Orleans rave case. KISS sells coffins.

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Johnnie Johnson's attorney announced on Tuesday (6/13) that a federal judge has determined that Johnson's suit against Chuck Berry can continue.

Johnson is alleging that he and Berry co-wrote more than 50 songs--including "Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place to Go"--but that only Berry got the credit, and therefore the royalties.

In January, Berry claimed that the three-year statute of limitation on copyright claims prevents Johnson from continuing his suit. The federal judge has allowed Johnson to present a reason why that statute shouldn't apply.

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A superior court judge in Los Angeles denied 11 of the 15 causes of action in Courtney Love's lawsuit against Vivendi Universal, the Los Angeles Times reported. Love has 28 days to file an amended complaint

Love wants out of her contract with the label. Click here for background.

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New York governor George Pataki on Tuesday (6/13) signed a bill that extends for two years a ban on scalping tickets, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.

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Astralwerks Records annouced changes in Air's North American tour itinerary:

June
14 - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Live
15 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
18 - Atlanta, GA - Earthlink Live Center Stage
19 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
21 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
23 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
24 - Boston, MA - Avalon
25 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
27 - Toronto, Ontario - Warehouse
28 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's
30 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre

July
1 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
3 - Denver, CO - Ogden
6 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
7 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
9, 10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
11, 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre (sold out)

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A partial plea agreement has been reached in the New Orleans crackhouse/rave case that has drawn national attention, the Electronic Music Defense and Education Fund (EM:DEF) has announced. The DEA has been prosecuting three concert promoters under a law initially designed, reportedly, to deal with abandoned buildings with high drug traffic. Two of the three promoters have reached an agreement with the prosecution. The third, Donnie Estopinal, has declined.

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KISS is selling KISSŪ Kaskets. Which apparently are just what the name says. (Note that it has a registered trademark symbol, as if to say, "Accept no substitute.")

In a press release, KISS bassist Gene Simmons said of the caskets, "I love livin', but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good."

The press release helpfully points out that the waterproof KISSŪ Kasket can also be filled with ice and used as a cooler.

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