Published Apr 02, 2008Okay, music piracy is bad, but music plagiarism is way, way worse. For proof, just ask Laromlab, aka Brandon Harrod. He has just been busted for plagiarising every single track from his new self-titled debut full-length on Mushpot Records. According to his now-former label, the so-called "chiptune maestro culled his entire album from tracks by a collective known as YM Rockers: CrazyQ, DubMood, DMA-SC and Lotek Style.
Harrods put-on came to light earlier this week, when message boards at Pouet.net lit up with enraged posts stating the Laromlab tracks were stolen. Harrod has since confirmed the allegation via his MySpace page. Here is a small excerpt: "Laromlab as a music making project was a hoax, a complete fallacy I never once thought it was the right thing to do, and I never was happy with myself for stealing these hard working musicians music but I did and now I will be paying the consequences for it! Whether it be legal action, monetary payment, or humiliation, I am deserving of all three.
When CMJ broke the story, they approached Mushpot co-founder and label rep Jenn de la Vega, who said, "I do not condone that kind of practice. We were shocked and embarrassed." She also said all Laromlabs music has been, or soon will be, removed from online sales outlets, and that Harrod has been dropped from the label.
Laromlabs lengthy, and entirely sad, apology letter is available here.