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City: LOS ANGELES
State: CALIFORNIA
Country: US
Signup Date: 11/10/2004

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 
So here we are, after almost a year at war, and the time has come. The time to make peace, to move ahead, and to begin again. We are finally and thankfully at a place where we are excited and relieved to put behind us one of the most challenging battles of our entire careers.

For almost a year now we have been in Los Angeles, California, putting our hearts, hopes, and dreams into making a record that means absolutely everything to us. In addition to this incredible and creative adventure, we have had the added challenge of carrying the rather heavy burden of a 30 million dollar lawsuit filed against us by EMI records. Not the most ideal of conditions to make a record under but an integral part of our story nonetheless.

We are now nearly finished with our new record and have found ourselves in a place ready to accept an end to the arduous conflict with our former label. There are many reasons that have contributed to this decision but overall the willingness and enthusiasm by EMI to address our major concerns and issues, the opportunity to return to work with a team so committed and passionate about Thirty Seconds to Mars, and the company's dedication to changing the status quo of the business of recorded music made this choice possible. We have decided it best for the music, for the fans, and for Thirty Seconds to Mars to accept a resolution with EMI.

Throughout, we always looked for opportunities to make peace, and stayed open to compromise and resolution. But not at any cost. We were prepared to continue down this path as long as we needed to. This was a fight we believed in wholeheartedly. A fight about art. A fight about truth. A fight about fairness. And a fight about freedom.

This was the first time we had to defend ourselves in litigation and hopefully our last. It was never for a single moment something we wanted, something we enjoyed, or something we treated lightly. A 30 million dollar lawsuit is serious business and we always respected the trepidatious path we were walking down. But we knew this was an important and worthy fight, and unfortunately unavoidable.

In case anyone is wondering, litigation is not fun. At all. My suggestion; avoid it at all costs. We tried. And tried, and tried again. Unfortunately, we eventually arrived at a place where it was impossible to continue working with EMI and necessary to terminate our contract. Citing a California labor law that protects the individual against unfair contractual obligations we gave notice to EMI of our intention. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_de_havilland#Career)

A little back story…

All of this started once we had finally, and thankfully, achieved some success around the world, only to learn that although we had sold millions of records we would never see a single solitary penny. On top of that, we were then told that we were also millions of dollars in debt. As you can imagine, that was more than confusing so we began to educate ourselves and started to discover what a strange situation we were in. For more of the reasons we went to war in the first place, here’s a link to the previous letter I wrote addressing it all.

http://thirtysecondstomars.forumsunlimited.com/index.php?s=3ac0c01d67e3d912640f6ddb1d52b9b3&showtopic=312534

Over the past eight months, there was plenty of internal debate about our future, about how far to take this fight, about what is important to us as artists, as individuals, as a band. About whether to put our new album out through a traditional record company or to experiment and break new ground. Many feel that the system now is antiquated and that with the help of new technologies and available platforms the conventional method is quickly on its way out. Others feel no one does it better than the experienced companies that have serviced most of us with the majority of music we love. It's a great and endless debate. We are in the death throws of one system and the birth of another, which is as exciting at times as it can be painful.

After carefully considering all of our options, what would be gained, what could be potentially lost, we ultimately decided that reuniting with EMI/Virgin would be the absolute best route for the music and that no matter what, sharing this latest creative adventure with you all in the most timely manner possible is the most important part of any of it.

In the future, whether there are record companies or not, whether you put your music out only through the internet or sell it from an ice cream truck, you still need the help of individuals. And at the end of it all the biggest reason for us to reunite with EMI is exactly that. The people. It isn't for business or finance or contracts or the end of lawsuits. It is for the chance to rejoin the people who remain, who have been a part of our phenomenal journey throughout, and for the limitless possibilities of those wonderful new individuals who will be helping us along this new path.

We are more than happy that this has all come to a close and we can begin to put it behind us. It's not only a good thing, it may even be great.

We always left the door open for resolution and peace throughout this process, and we are thankful it did not fall on deaf ears. We look forward to a new beginning with EMI, and to sharing our new music with you in the very near future.

We will never forget the unrelenting support from all our friends, family and fans around the world.

A very wise man once said “We make war that we may live in peace.”

And I suppose sometimes we must fight in order to be free.


With love

Jared Leto
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Johnny 5

 
CONGRATS, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST!!
 
 
Posted by Johnny 5 on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:55 PM
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Sandra Carmen

 
xo
 
 
Posted by Sandra Carmen on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:55 PM
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₪ ø lll ·o.MaRlEnE MyThRa₪ ø lll ·o

 
Again???...well its great to know that the war has finished
 
 
Posted by ₪ ø lll ·o.MaRlEnE MyThRa₪ ø lll ·o on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:55 PM
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rachh

 
congrats guyss!
 
 
Posted by rachh on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:56 PM
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cmerry

 
Well done.

 
 
Posted by cmerry on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:56 PM
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cmerry

 
(hi tomo! :) )
 
 
Posted by cmerry on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:57 PM
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SteLLaR[KRISTAN!]

 
woo love you guys! :]

 
 
Posted by SteLLaR[KRISTAN!] on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:57 PM
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Miss Cassie

 
:First comment:
Well put Jared Leto..I can for the new album! =D
 
 
Posted by Miss Cassie on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:57 PM
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Miss Cassie

 
:I was so excited that I was the first person to comment and then I relized I messed up! lol:

I meant I CAN"T WAIT for the new album!! =D

 
 
Posted by Miss Cassie on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:58 PM
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. + * A m b y * + .

 
Woohoo for a resolution! Can't wait to hear the new stuff!!
 
 
Posted by . + * A m b y * + . on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:59 PM
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STEF [EcHeLoN]

 
Well, I still think the people at EMI are a-holes and deserve to lose a great band to see how stupid they are but I'm glad that all is resolved and that the new music will arrive soon!
Can't wait!!! :]
 
 
Posted by STEF [EcHeLoN] on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:00 AM
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Ivan

 
nice job guys :D
 
 
Posted by Ivan on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:00 AM
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™AniX - Anita™
Anix Anita

 
Thank you for keeping us updated.
Really appreciated! Good luck then with this new journey, guys!!
 
 
Posted by ™AniX - Anita™ on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:00 AM
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alouquana: france echelon ♥ ₪ ø lll .o·♥

 
u are all (30 seconds to mars members) wonderful people
i am proud to be ur fan and an echelon member

we feel ur honesty and ur love about ur fans around the world when we read ur post

u deserve the best in ur life

we cannot stop to say and shout how much we LOVE U guys !!!!
 
 
Posted by alouquana: france echelon ♥ ₪ ø lll .o·♥ on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:00 AM
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Terrie
Terrie Woods

 
well I really hope and pray this was the right decision for 30 Seconds to Mars, and you get paid for your services this go around, Good Luck, luv!
 
 
Posted by Terrie on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:02 AM
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Gold Starr
tiffany lomeli

 
zowie! ill be waiting for the new cd
 
 
Posted by Gold Starr on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:02 AM
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Ashleyyy.₪ ø lll ·o.™

 
Woo :]
Congratulations, I'm glad its all over now.
I can't wait for the new album
:D<3
 
 
Posted by Ashleyyy.₪ ø lll ·o.™ on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:03 AM
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sigelfire

 
I trully support your decission and i am glad this fight is over :)
 
 
Posted by sigelfire on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:03 AM
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Sylvie

 
I'm so happy for you ! Have a peaceful evening.

Love you guys !
 
 
Posted by Sylvie on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:03 AM
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Mðll¥ Mï§êr¥ þhð†ðgråþh¥ (³Ø§†M)
Molly Misery

 
I knew it!
I'm so happy for you guy's! It's going to be
amazing!
 
 
Posted by Mðll¥ Mï§êr¥ þhð†ðgråþh¥ (³Ø§†M) on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:04 AM
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Ashleyyy.₪ ø lll ·o.™

 
Woo :]
Congratulations, I'm glad its all over now.

I can't wait for the new album
:D<3
 
 
Posted by Ashleyyy.₪ ø lll ·o.™ on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:04 AM
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Linda?!

 
At least it's over, yes? Well, glad to hear things worked out.:) Can't wait for the new album! Now all I need is money to buy it...:/
<3
 
 
Posted by Linda?! on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:06 AM
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 ♥♥Denise♥♥

 
Congrats! Love you always!
 
 
Posted by  ♥♥Denise♥♥ on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:07 AM
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echolynne

 
well put...emi...sex pistols sang a song about them. Hope it works out glad to see an end to this matter. years of battleing tend to take a toll.Moving forward always good.

 
 
Posted by echolynne on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:08 AM
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(!)(:/)(.)

 
I look forward to the new album and i hope that all works out great with EMI
 
 
Posted by (!)(:/)(.) on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:08 AM
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Miranda

 
Well said.


Glad to hear things have been resolved. Can't wait for new things... <3
 
 
Posted by Miranda on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:09 AM
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†SKIPPY†
Provehito in ALtum

 
congrats guys!! damn EMI....
but anyway cant wait for the new album!!
love ya guy's ^.
^
 
 
Posted by †SKIPPY† on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:09 AM
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pRiNcEsS hArDyZ{dont forget}
X-pand ur I-magination

 
good job well done
 
 
Posted by pRiNcEsS hArDyZ{dont forget} on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:10 AM
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Angel [₪ ø lll .o·]
Angel Shepard

 
so happy everything is resolved. keep the faith in your fans. we need you as much as you need us.

 
 
Posted by Angel [₪ ø lll .o·] on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:10 AM
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Mary Grace

 
Good to hear that its been resolved, I hope your new path gives you all the continued success and recognition you guys deserve. All the best and looking forward to hearing the new material.

xxx
 
 
Posted by Mary Grace on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:10 AM
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Melissa
Melissa Yuok

 
congrats, best wishes and luck to the new beggining with EMI :)
 
 
Posted by Melissa on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:12 AM
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Rosalee Lorraine

 
That makes me SUPER happy to hear that all that is behind you guys. You have no idea how excited I am for the new album.
I am going to get it the MOMENT it comes out! :]
 
 
Posted by Rosalee Lorraine on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:12 AM
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Abstract reality (dress up kid)
Bryan Bilby

 
Congratulations, best of luck on the new album, I'm excited about it.
=)
 
 
Posted by Abstract reality (dress up kid) on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:12 AM
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*MIRNA* ₪ ø lll .o·
Echelon Love

 
congrats guys
 
 
Posted by *MIRNA* ₪ ø lll .o· on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:12 AM
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:♥:ChRiSti:♥:

 
Congrats! Glad to hear everything is working out for all of you! And of course its awesome to hear that the new music is coming soon! Good luck in your new relationship with EMI. All we want for you is happiness, health & wealth! You guys deserve to not only make the music YOU want to make but to get paid for all your hard work & dedication to the fans! Congrats.
Good Luck & WE LOVE YOU!!!

Xo
C
 
Posted by :♥:ChRiSti:♥: on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:13 AM
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生活Josh禮物

 
This is exciting and great to hear!
I'm glad the battle has been resolved.

 
 
Posted by 生活Josh禮物 on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:14 AM
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Christine

 
I guess CONGRATULATIONS are in order. I hope that the path you've chosen doesn't turn around the bite you in the butt later on down the road and I hope it's all in writing, whatever the deal was.

I would be leary of it all.
LOL
Anyway, I'm glad this nightmare is over for all concerned and that you can all move forward in a peaceful and professional manner.

Best of luck to you guys, and I can't wait to hear the new material.

Stay well, and stay guarded.
;)
 
 
Posted by Christine on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:14 AM
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Chabha
Michael White

 
Wow what a battle congrats that all worked out well I know lawsuits can be a hassel I'm in one now not with art but one that put my whiole life on hold for 3 years almost.

 
 
Posted by Chabha on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:14 AM
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Er↑n[₪][Rpi]

 
hooray! no more war! I love you :] the new album is going to be incredible
 
 
Posted by Er↑n[₪][Rpi] on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:15 AM
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Steffknee

 
Unity Devides, Division will Unite.

 
Posted by Steffknee on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:16 AM
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Nina

 
Happy to hear the good news. Love to all of you and am looking forward to hearing the new album.



 
 
Posted by Nina on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:17 AM
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Jessica ₪ ø lll·o.

 
That's great, you guys!!! Sending all my blessing and best wishes to you.
I hope everything works out just the way you want it :)
 
 
Posted by Jessica ₪ ø lll·o. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:18 AM
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Tracy

 
Congradulations! Now you can concentrate on what you all do best! Can't wait to hear what you have for us...it'll be the first cd I've bought in many years!
 
 
Posted by Tracy on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:18 AM
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MpyreWrath

 
ROCK ON AD INFINITUM...

& May The Force Be With You Always ;)

Always,
~Michelle O☆



 
 
Posted by MpyreWrath on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:19 AM
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Emma [Echelon]
Emma Abraham

 
I'm sure you didn't make this decision lightly. And I *am* surprised by it. But if this is what works best, at least for now, so be it.

 
 
Posted by Emma [Echelon] on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:19 AM
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Lana

 
FINILLY IS FINISHED ..I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT..I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ALBUM.. LOVE YOU GUYS <3.

 
 
Posted by Lana on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:19 AM
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.pEaCe.&.♥.aNa.

 
wow Jared!!
that is a really big problem. but, don't worry!! Keep the faith. God is helping.

And don't forget that you have fans behind you that are praying, begging this ends.

We love you!
 
 
Posted by .pEaCe.&.♥.aNa. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:20 AM
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†Drew† [Echelon]
Drew Newquist

 
congratz

 
 
Posted by †Drew† [Echelon] on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:21 AM
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Mandy ₪ ø lll·o.

 
I'm glad you guys settled and I'm sure you wouldn't have done so if it wasn't in everybody's best interest. Thank you again for the Summit. Can't wait to hear the finished product.

Love you guys.

 
 
Posted by Mandy ₪ ø lll·o. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:21 AM
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Jen
Jennifer Twigg

 
I am so happy you guys have finally resolved everything! Can't wait for the next album!! Love ya!!!
 
 
Posted by Jen on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:22 AM
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