Web Sheriff demands that Grizzly Bear apologize to Animal Collective for ‘leaking’ their new song
Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
This is to inform you that, currently your relevant artist's web-site is acting as the global-leak-source of the track, "Brother Sport", by our aforementioned client,Animal Collective, which track is not due for release by Domino until January 2009 (please see http://www.grizzly-bear.net/media/brothersport.mp3 ). As such, both the individuals collectively trading / performing as "Grizzly Bear" and, indeed, yourself are personally liable to our said clients for all commercial and other losses arising from this blatant act of piracy.
In all of the circumstances, we must insist that you now A. removethis pirated file / track without further delay and that you also B. publish the following apology on the Home Page of the Grizzly Bear web-site :-
Animal Collective - Apology
Following contact from Web Sheriff, we can confirm that Grizzly Bear
has withdrawn its stream of unreleased material by the Domino Records artist Animal Collective :
Grizzly Bear wish to apologize to Animal Collective, Domino and Web Sheriff
for the disruption caused to their marketing and release plans by this leak.
This apology must be published for a minimum period of 7 days.
As you will appreciate, this is no laughing matter and, as such, should you refuse or otherwise fail to comply with the above request, we would ask you, in the alternative, to simply provide us with the details of the US attorneys, UK solicitors, French advocats and German advocats whom you would instruct in relation to the service of such multi-jurisdictional proceedings as shall ensue. [Grizzly Bear's blog]
If you want to get technical, Grizzly Bear did not actually "leak" this song. It was already out there. They just posted it.
Tickets are still on sale for Grizzly Bear's upcoming show at BAM.
If I didn't know better, I would think the whole Web Sherriff thing was some kind of practical joke, but their surreal messages left all around the Internet are actually real.