So we managed to get our hands on the search and arrest warrants for DJ Drama and Don Cannon. In case you don’t have time to read the whole thing, here are some of our favorite parts:
[M]ixed tapes are compilations of recorded material that has been reproduced without the consent of the record labels that own the music…..The true labels of the artists are Interscope Records and Def Jam recordings among many others.
Right, because not like the artists own their music or have any say in this. That’s just not the way it works with the Recording Industry Backstabbing Middlemen of America.
On 12/19/2006 Affiant called investigators with the RIAA  to advise them of the illegal sales of music at the Kiosk at Southlake Mall. Investigators with the RIAA advised affiant that the sale of these “mixed tapes” is of huge concern for the Recording Industry Association of America and takes away legitimate sales from the true owners of the music.
Not like any of these mixes were used to hype upcoming releases or artists or anything, many of them put out by the Middlemen.
While at the Kiosk we learned that the supplier of the “mixed tapes” was “DJ Drama”. He takes songs from numerous artists and puts them on his own CD. Several CDs were purchased and confirmed through affidavit by the RIAA that these CDs in fact are not authorized…
Hmm so since when did the po-po become the RIAA enforcement arm?
The CDs had artists such as Beyonce, Micheal [sic] Jackson, Gnarls Barkley, and Christina Aguilera. All of these artists are under contract with major record labels such as RCA Records, Universal, and Sony Music. This music is copyrighted and was reproduced without the consent of the owners of the copyright. These CDs contained numerous performances of RIAA member company artists.
Hey, remember that guy named DJ Dangermouse? Remember how everyone stood up for him when he released a mixtape and was threatened by the RIAA? Well now it looks like he’s joined their ranks, and the RIAA is arresting DJs for putting his (and Cee-lo)’s music on their mixtapes. Oh how the tables have turned..
On 01/12/2007 I met with members of the Recording Industry Association of America and showed them the CDs that I had purchased from “The Aphilliates”. They certified to me that the CDs are pirated material and do not have the permission of the true owner of the music to be reproduced.
Oh wait, didn’t you know? “Piracy” funds terrorism…