New Web Site For SUPER RAD MOTION PICTURE GROUP

Super Rad Motion Picture Group was formed by writer, director, post production wiz David N. Donihue to create attention getting commercials, bold feature films, and inventive music videos.

Donihue’s unique eye for visuals and award winning knack for story allows him and his teammates at Super Rad to continue to churn out amazing work on reasonable budgets. Whether in need of a full production or simply post-services, Super Rad is here to turn visions into realities.

Tarock Music experienced Donihue’s expertise when he directed Rick Shaffer’s video, ONE MORE HEARTACHE, from his album, Idiot Flats.

Check out the Super Rad Motion Picture Group’s new site ► http://www.superradfilms.com/

UNIVERSAL MUSIC Re-Releases “Green With Envy” By THE REDS®

Universal Music has digitally re-released The Reds®  EP, “Green With Envy,” originally released in 1979 on the A&M label.

The EP features The Doors song, “Break On Through,” which suggests some of the The Reds® roots.

Click on . . . GREEN WITH ENVY . . . to purchase mp3’s from your favorite download site.

Japan’s Music Pirates Now Face JAIL Time

A new law has been passed in Japan that could result in jail time for people pirating music. Downloaders could face up to two years under the new definition of piracy as a criminal, instead of civil, violation.

Japan was already home to some of the more draconian laws concerning copyright violations; someone caught illegally uploading music or video can face up to 10 years in prison and a ¥10,000,000 fine (around $128,000). But the penalties fordownloading were comparatively mild: a heavy fine but no threat of incarceration. The updated law makes the offense criminal and now downloaders of copyrighted material can potentially be sent to prison in addition to being fined.

The BBC notes that the changes were pushed for by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The organization has lobbied heavily for stricter file-sharing laws following a widely publicized 2010 study which found that there were almost 10 times as many illegal downloads in the country as legal ones.

Critics point out that the laws misunderstand the actual process of piracy; by using a BitTorrent service to download music, for instance, users will frequently also be uploading it at the same time, exposing them to a potential 12-year stay in prison. Such a sentence would be immensely disproportionate to one for a similar crime like shoplifting a CD.

Some also worry that the wording of the law might include such minor acts as watching a YouTube video that turns out to be violating copyright. Since the user technically downloaded a copy of the video to their computer, that could constitute an offense.

Copyright law in the US also prohibits illegal downloads, of course, but punishments for users who have pirated music and movies have always been limited to fines (although these can be quite high). Only extremely prolific distributors of illegal media and people selling it have been subjected to criminal charges and jail time.

Catching an offender in the act, whether in the US or Japan, however, is not an easy task: Privacy laws and well-known technical workarounds make avoiding detection easy for dedicated pirates.

► Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.

 

Universal Music Re-Releases “Manhunter” & “Band Of The Hand” Soundtracks

Universal Music has re-released the film soundtracks, Manhunter and Band Of The Hand, for digital download on the most popular download sites.  Click on the film title above for all the info about the film and listen to a track, and on the film title below for all the buy links . . . Manhunter . . . Band Of The Hand.

Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen, a/k/a The Reds® composed and performed the score for Manhunter, and Band Of The Hand, which also contains four songs by The Reds® written for the film, as well as, Waiting For You, a track from their Shake Appeal album, released by Sire/Warner Bros, and unavailable anywhere else.

(An extra bonus on the Band Of The Hand album is the title track written and performed by Bob Dylan, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.)