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Gil Scott-Heron, ‘Godfather of Rap’, dies at 62

NEW YORK (AFP) – The legendary US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, known as the “Godfather of Rap,” has died in New York at the age of 62, his recording company announced. The musician, best known for his song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, died Friday at a New…

Court shortens Pirate Bay executives’ prison terms

A Swedish appeals court Friday shortened the prison terms of two founders and a financier of Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay, but increased the damages to be paid to movie and music firms. “The Appeals Court, like the district court, finds that The Pirate Bay service makes possibly illegal…

New ad quotes McCain admitting to lying in past

New Hayworth ad uses McCain’s own voice admitting to lying during 2000 campaign. Sen. John McCain’s Republican primary challenger has released a new ad using McCain’s own voice admitting to lying in the past. Former congressman J.D. Hayworth’s campaign released the commercial Thursday. It uses McCain’s voice from the recording…

Judge slashes ‘monstrous’ fine in music piracy case

WASHINGTON — Condemning a two-million-dollar fine meted out to a Minnesota woman for illegally downloading music over the Internet as “monstrous and shocking,” a judge has slashed the penalty to 54,000 dollars. US District Court Michael Davis said the fine imposed by a jury on Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother…

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