I was reading Blabbermouth this morning and read a copy of the declaration provided by Century Media Records’ European Label Manager Antje Lange. Every time I see that dude’s name, I at first see Artie Lange.
The declaration was included with the lawsuit the label filed through a New Jersey attorney in Newark, targeting more than 4,000 people for allegedly using peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully distribute Dystopia.
A similar suit was filed on behalf of Lacuna Coil and the theft of their album, Dark Adrenaline.
Here’s part of the text of the declaration: “I, Antje Lange, declare, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United Kingdom, as follows: I am the European Label Manager of Century Media Ltd. (‘Century Media’), the Plaintiff in the within action. I make this Declaration in support of this application for a preliminary injunction restraining the unauthorized distribution by Defendants of the copyrighted record album Dystopia via a torrent network on the Internet.
“Century Media is a record label. One of our artists is the band Iced Earth. We promote and distribute the works of Iced Earth, including Dystopia. Century Media holds the exclusive right to distribute Dystopia worldwide.
“Dystopia was first published in the United Kingdom in October 2011, selling approximately 6,000 copies in the first week and earning a spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in its first week of sales. Dystopia is the subject of a valid copyright registration in the United States Copyright Office. Dystopia is the subject of a valid copyright registration in the United States Copyright Office.
“At no time has Century Media authorized the distribution of Dystopia on the Internet via peer-to-peer networks. Each of the Defendants in this action that has distributed the work has done so without the permission of Century Media and in violation of our exclusive rights of distribution.”
Meanwhile, an attorney for one of the John Doe defendants named in Century Media’s suit contacted Gun Shy Assassin last week, claiming “I’ve handled other copyright troll cases and this appears to be another one.”
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