MySpace users are miffed at Murdoch, the new owner of MySpace, who has begun censoring users’ profiles. (Via)

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  1. “News” (insert laughter here), TV Guide, etc. etc. etc. and now it seems that MySpace profiles are being censored. oh censorship , up yours! the censorship is ranging from breakage/removal of videoclip links that diplay non-FOX materials toremoving a page belonging to Nico and the Velvet Underground. in essence, any materials that are disagreeable to Mr. Rupert Murdoch (majority shareholder of News Corp.) and his cronies are effectively disabled or altogether removed. the crackdown on free speech

  2. Fox News Corp Censors Myspace.com

    Nico and The Velvet Underground were kicked off Myspace.com on February 13, 2006. This is the 8th time the band has been censored by Rupert Murdoch’s popular yet controversial site. Even as the shadow of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer looms over Myspace, and U2 and Madonna build a web presence, Nico and The Velvet Underground enter 2006 as the most censored band on Myspace.com.

    According to the Associated Press, “Complaints also have been directed at News Corp.’s purchase, including accusations of censorship as MySpace occasionally blocked video stored elsewhere and embedded in profiles, just as MySpace was readying its own video-sharing service. ” (Social Networking Site MySpace Is Latest Online Darling Monday, February 13, 2006: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,184607,00.html).

    With Myspace.com as an attractive buy, News Corp. earned $1.08 billion up to December, a significant jump from last year’s $386 million gain. Media giant Rupert Murdoch, who is the majority shareholder of News Corporation, recently bought out Intermix Media, owner of Myspace.com for 580 Million.

    With legal problems mounting against News Corp and Rupert Murdoch, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has accused Myspace.com of false advertising and deceptive business practices. Within the last year, Myspace was fingered for spyware attacks to redirect members to its search engine.

    Intermix Media agreed to settle for 7.9M, having admitted no wrongdoing.

    While Nico and The Velvet Underground arent ruling out a record deal with Viacom, Paramount, and MTV, it is concerned about this shocking news. Nico’s press conference is set to air on several media outlets including WBBM AM/FM Chicago and Spike TV. In related news, Paramount bought out rival Dreamworks for $1.5 Billion, wrangling entertainment giants Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Viacom, which owns Paramount, reportedly negotiated a purchase of Myspace.com before the shocking buy out from Fox News on July 19, 2005. Spokeswoman Anna Astley is concerned about these recent developments and commented on the censorship fiasco. “Myspace.com and Fox News made no warning that the band’s account was being cancelled. Cancelling Nico and The Velvet Undergrounds’ Myspace.com account is tantamount to censorship and a violation of their First Amendment rights.”

    Anna Astley refused to comment regarding any future legal action against News Corporation, Fox News, and/or Myspace.com regarding Nico and The Velvet Underground’s First Amendment rights. “We cannot make a statement at this time,” stated Astley. The investigation will result in an announcement in early summertime.

    No word if the band intends on releasing the album just yet. Stay tuned for breaking details.

  3. Myspace Sex Scandal Forces Nico and The Velvet Underground Into Exile
    The controversy continues to test the bounds of sex, gender equality, and Andy Warhol’s legacy.

    Myspace.com’s censorship of Madonna’s art is one of many violations that continue to threaten Nico and The Velvet Underground’s first amendment rights. In the most recent spat with Rupert Murdoch’s baby, Nico and The Velvet Underground were kicked off Myspace.com on Monday December 20, 2005. This is the sixth time the band has been kicked off the site without warning. Nico and The Velvet Underground continue to maintain their first amendment rights to protect man’s civil liberties and to honor the constitution. “It isnt about art,” claims Astley. “The band is standing up for their God given right to free speech.”

    Band members Nico, EJ K, Alexa, and Candy have gone underground, with unconfirmed reports that the band has broken up. Band spokesperson Anna Astley is set to give a press conference on Thursday December 21, 2005.

    Stay tuned for breaking news.

  4. Cyberstalker Threatens Nico and The Velvet Underground
    Nico and The Velvet Underground were kicked off Myspace.com on February 23, 2006. This is the 9th time the band has been censored by Rupert Murdoch’s popular yet controversial site. Ironically, this comes days after it was reported that singer Morrissey of the Smiths was questioned by the FBI and British intelligence for his outrage against the American and British governments. The crackdown of free speech, and the specter of fear among News Corp executives forces Nico and The Velvet Underground offline as the most censored band on the internet. Spokeswoman Astley will hold a press conference at the Delano Hotel in South Beach Miami to discuss the band’s shocking announcement. With tensions mounting over cybercrime, video-swapping and blog deletions, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is arguably placing advertising dollars above its members. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno characterized cyberstalking as “a prelude to more serious behavior, including physical violence.”

    According to the Associated Press, “Complaints also have been directed at News Corp.’s purchase, including accusations of censorship as MySpace occasionally blocked video stored elsewhere and embedded in profiles, just as MySpace was readying its own video-sharing service. ” (Social Networking Site MySpace Is Latest Online Darling Monday, February 13, 2006: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,184607,00.html). After the band had announced its new promotional CD “Im Lovin’ It,” they decided to call it quits.

    Considering the cultural firestorm and backlash of the Associated Press and CNN against Myspace.com, it is uncertain if Nico and The Velvet Underground will continue its purported contracts with Viacom, Paramount, and MTV. Nico’s press conference is set to air on several media outlets including CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX TV, and CNBC. In related news, Paramount bought out rival Dreamworks for $1.5 Billion, wrangling entertainment giants Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Viacom, which owns Paramount, reportedly negotiated a purchase of Myspace.com before the shocking buy out from Fox News on July 19, 2005. Spokeswoman Anna Astley is concerned about these recent developments and commented on the censorship fiasco. “Myspace.com and Fox News made no warning that the band’s account was being cancelled. Cancelling Nico and The Velvet Undergrounds’ Myspace.com account is a violation of their First Amendment rights.”

    With Myspace.com as an attractive buy, News Corp. earned $1.08 billion up to December, a significant jump from last year’s $386 million gain. Media giant Rupert Murdoch, who is the majority shareholder of News Corporation, recently bought out Intermix Media, owner of Myspace.com for 580 Million.

    With legal problems mounting against News Corp and Rupert Murdoch, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has accused Myspace.com of false advertising and deceptive business practices. Within the last year, Myspace was fingered for spyware attacks to redirect members to its search engine. This is alarming, despite statistics that show Myspace.com having 20 times the traffic as Google.com.

    Intermix Media agreed to settle for 7.9M, having admitted no wrongdoing.

    Anna Astley refused to comment regarding any future legal action against News Corporation, Fox News, and/or Myspace.com regarding Nico and The Velvet Underground’s First Amendment rights. “We will continue to fight Myspace’s censorship of Nico and The Velvet Underground. Despite threatening phone calls from unknown perpetrators, the band hired a private investigator to investigate to the sleuthery and dark attacks on the outfit,” stated Astley. The results of the investigation is ongoing. The band has hired three bodyguards, rumored to be former members of Prince’s entourage.

  5. Jeffrey David Kelly

    Yea. I just got my account and profile deleted today they said for “wantonly soliciting people.” They said if they catch me using the service again they will call the proper authorities. They have not specified what they meant. I just do the exact same things that other people on MySpaz do. I go to groups I am interested. I message and friend people to make new friends and build my friend base, look for a boyfriend (I’m Gay) and that’s it. I don’t post profanity or pornography. I don’t solicit anyone directly for sex or any such thing. I don’t understand what I did wrong. They suck. I’m not the only one. I hear of lots of other gay boys & guys getting banned from MySpaz all the time. WTF!

  6. THE BEATEN

    TOM YOU REALLY FKED UP! ALL FOR MONEY ! I Say we boycot myspace …

  7. I was deleted October 2, 2006
    First my anti censorship video Phyliss was uploaded deleted uploaded deleted uploaded and then I was deleted
    I ran for McAllen Mayor I snuck back into myspace under Armin but cant find me

  8. 2/25/2007. Universal Music Group subsidiary Verve Records dealt a serious death blow to Nico and The Velvet Underground by hijacking its website on Myspace on February 25, 2007. The band’s Myspace page was deleted on February 24, 2007 and replaced by the folk band Velvet Underground

    Compare the origianal Nico and the Velvet Underground myspace website at:

    http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:kj3zpMxcYGsJ:profile.myspace.com/index.cfm%3Ffuseaction%3Duser.viewprofile%26friendID%3D108384181+myspace+nicoandthevelvetunderground&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

    with Universal Music Group’s Hijacked version of The Velvet Underground: (http://www.myspace.com/nicoandthevelvetunderground)

    Spokeswoman Anna Astley is concerned about these recent developments and commented on the censorship fiasco. “Myspace.com and Fox News made no warning that the band’s account was being cancelled. Canceling Nico and The Velvet Undergrounds’ Myspace.com account is tantamount to censorship and a violation of their First Amendment rights.”

    Amidst the controversy and swirling allegations, Nico and The Velvet Underground had accumulated thousands of fans, with hundreds of thousands projected for 2008-2010. PR spokeswoman Anna Astley also spoke of Nico and The Velvet Underground’s projected lost revenues from the XM and Sirius Satellite Radio MTV tributes scheduled for 2007-2008. Fox News’ censorship of Nico and The Velvet Underground will likely threaten their efforts for their much-anticipated Video iPod syndication in the EU, American, and Asian markets.

    New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has accused Myspace.com of false advertising and deceptive business practices. Within the last year, Myspace was fingered for spyware attacks to redirect members to its search engine.

    Intermix Media agreed to settle for 7.9M, having admitted no wrongdoing.

    Anna Astley refused to comment regarding any future legal action against Universal Music Group subsidiary Verve Records, News Corporation, Fox News, and/or Myspace.com regarding Nico and The Velvet Underground’s First Amendment rights. Nico could not be reached for comment.

    In 2005 and 2006, Myspace.com’s censored Nico and The Velvet Underground’s artistic use of Cindy Sherman’s 1992 Untitled #256, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München. In the most recent spat with Rupert Murdoch’s baby, Nico and The Velvet Underground were kicked off Myspace.com on Monday 19, 2005. The Chicago outfit has been censored off Myspace nearly 14 times. In this latest attack of dark sleuthery, Verve Records has challenged Nico and The Velvet Underground’s message of gender equality, including artists like Andy Warhol, Annette Messager, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, the Guerrilla Girls and the Vienna Aktionists,

    Anna Astley suggests that everyone reflect on Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson’s 1943 opinion that “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” – West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)