It’s never a dull day in ol’ Britneyland– always a circus, concert tour or not.
Jordan Miller, right, a 21-year-old University of Nevada, Las Vegas college student majoring in communications launched his breatheheavy.com Web site all about the pop star, literally out of a labor of love and admiration for the star, from his Summerlin, Nevada bedroom while being in high school in 2004.
Now, his Web site gets a half-million visits a day.
Miller’s world started to turn upside down-last fall after he received an angry phone call from the Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, left, accusing him of copyright infringement.
Miller is fighting back. “I’m working my ass off to report on this girl,” Miller said from his attorney’s office. “I just think [Britney] is a really cool artist; I feel inspired by her. It’s a healthy hobby. It takes a lot of work and dedication, but it’s self-fulfilling.”
Miller said father Jamie Spears replied, telling him: “I am going to destroy your ass.”
“I was really freaking out for a good three, four weeks,” Miller said, adding, “Lately, I’ve been doing my own thing. I just kind of want to keep going.”
Each day, Miller scans the Internet for stories about Britney Spears, posting them on his Webs Site and adds his comments. He also encourages her fans to send him concert photos and messages about her worldwide “Circus” tour.
Henderson, Nevada attorney Clarke Walton, who represents Miller pro bono, has been battling the Spears legal team tooth and nail.
Spears’ New-York based attorney Brad Rose says the use of the star’s recordings, images, copyrighted works and trademarks constitutes actionable infringement under the law.
Miller and Walton are puzzled that Team Spears would leave oodles of other fan sites alone and yet see fit to sic legal hounds on a kid who is simply a huge admirer of the singer. Miller believes Jamie Spears is “trying to shut me down” simply because of Web site posted comments about the father’s control over his daughter. Miller believe Jamie is keeping Britney a prisoner.
And it’s not like Miller has an Internet goldmine- Miller pays $300 a month to keep the site going and receives an average of $100 each month from advertisers. Miller is also not using images or lyrics for commercial purposes, like selling merchandise.
“If they want to fight, I’d love this fight,” Walton said. “I feel confident we would win on the merits of this case.”