"But I thought BreatheHeavy was forced to close, Jordan?"
Ha, me too. And still is? Your guess is as good as mine.
In March, Jamie Spears' lawyers (which Britney is paying for) demanded I remove my fansite, BreatheHeavy.com, "immediately" for copyright infringement, as well as violating Britney's, I mean Brittany's rights to publicity and privacy.
In lamest terms, "JORDAN, SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT JAMIE AND THE CONSERVATORSHIP."
The lawyers cited BreatheHeavy's (now removed) Lyrix page as copyright infringement for posting the lyrics to her albums.
As a result, BreatheHeavy was forced to temporarily shut down until I found a solution.
Again, your guess is as good as mine.
Clarke and I put together a formal response to Jamie's lawyers to resolve the matter in a responsible, amicable manner, saying (in part):
"According to our independent investigation, your allegations against Mr. Miller are without merit. As you know, my client's website is a non-commercial fan site regarding Ms. Spears. Ms. Spears is perhaps the most recognizable pop music celebrity on the planet. Accordingly, her rights are much different than most individuals.
Please know that Mr. Miller in no way wishes to infringe on Ms. Spears intellectual property rights. As a matter of fact, my client is perhaps one of Ms. Spears’ most sincere fans. To that end, my client desires to make a good faith effort to operate his Website in accordance with the law, while exercising the freedoms of fair use and free speech that he is allowed.
Upon your further review of the Website, if you do find any specific infringements that you would like to see addressed, I invite you to submit them to my office, so that I can discuss them with my client. Please rest assured that my client will take immediate action to cure any specific intellectual property violations brought to his attention. In addition, please feel free to use the notice and takedown provisions of the DMCA to address any of your client’s problems concerning copyrighted material available on the Website. I assure you that I will work with my client to resolve these matters in an expeditious manner."
In other words, I want this matter taken care of and start fresh.
Jamie's lawyer, Brad Rose, isn't so keen on burrying the hachet.
Rose emailed back (within 24 hours [you KNOW he's making the big bucks off
Jamie Britney... ~allegedly~]) saying:
"The fact that Mr. Miller appears to have removed the copyrighted recordings and lyrics from his site at this stage does not absolve him from liability for past infringements that have occurred well within the applicable statues of limitation.
In the event our clients elect to file suit against Mr. Miller, he will, therefore, face liability for, inter alia, willful copyright infringement for which plaintiff can elect either statutory damages of up to $150,000 per each work infringed or actual damages."
Brad Rose continues to say that I am not allowed to use Britney's "Womanizer" song available on her public Myspace page.
"Moreover, we are aware that Mr. Miller maintains a myspacepage (www.myspace.com/breatheheavydotcom) which, despite the threat of suit from out clients, includes a flash player that plays Ms. Spears's song 'Womanizer.'"
HA, I laughed at that part, too.
"Mr. Miller's site intentionally uses Ms. Spears's copyrights, trademarks and likeness without authorization to generate commercial traffic and to generate advertising revenue, and based on the evidence we believe that any 'nominative fair use' defense would fail."
With no foreseeable resolution in site, I mean sight, I am left with the emptiness and lack of passion reporting on a girl that may end up being my demise.
I want to work this out and am willing to compromise, but not at the expense of censorship.
I mean, if you enjoy checking out Britney's shoelaces and fan-made whatevers, there's always her official site. If you want regurgitated copy + paste news, there's always the plethora of her other (ugly) fansites.
For originality, style and sexiness, there's BreatheHeavy.
Like Britney says in her latest single: "confidence is a must, cockiness is a PLUS."
Oh wait, that's copyrighted.