Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The final word on demo leak scam

I've already blogged about the Bon Jovi demo leak scam a couple of times, and sent countless messages and channel comments on YouTube telling people about it. Obie has said about three times on the official site that these aren't Bon Jovi songs. I can't reach everyone so maybe some people are just going to stay duped. But I'll give the final word to the man at the centre of the hoax. This was posted on Johnny Lima's MySpace blog late yesterday:

I Got YouTubed!! =(

So some nitwit (YouTube Screenname: hardrocknews) decides it would be a fun prank to post some of my songs on YouTube and claim that they're songs from a new Bon Jovi album called "Dangerous Curves". I'm not sure what would motivate someone to illegally post my songs, but even worse, give credit to another artist.

I tried to post a comment, as others have calling this phony out, but those comments keep getting deleted. I've also filled out the Copyright Infringement form on YouTube and looks like that was a waste of my time as well. It's even mentioned on as bogus, yet he still continues fooling a few people.

However, if this guy's intentions for doing this were negative, then it's backfired on him as he's created a nice little buzz for me on the internet and the response he's gotten from my songs have been pretty positive. What perfect timing as I have a new album coming out shortly. I've paid for ads in the past that didn't create this much buzz for me. So, I'm done worrying about this guy and his "April Fools" joke. I just wanted to make it clear that I had nothing to do with this prank. I also want to make it clear that I don't appreciate anyone posting my music online without my permission. It's my f**king music, so please ask me first.

Peace & Love,

Johnny Lima

Now don't forget to check out Magic Memory #21... the Stuttgart show. I made you wait almost three weeks for it, so you wouldn't want to miss it, would you? ;)

EDIT: Actually, it would seem as if the final word has gone to Hardrocknews him/herself. Seems like they finally caved. As of December 4, the video titles have been renamed with the real artist credited.

EDIT #2: December 5 and the songs have now been removed. :P

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