CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 15th March

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In today's CMU Daily:
- More hole picking by Mesereau: Jacko trial update
- Vance funeral today
- Dutch ISPs reach compromise to help labels fight P2P copyright violation
- Bollywood counterfeits seized in Rotterdam
- Peter Kay video likely to top singles chart
- Eurovision hosts alter lyrics over political concerns
- Prosecution sum up in Lil Kim trial
- More Glasto line up news
- Christian group take legal action over Springer musical
- Kasabian play fans at football
- Bono launches fair trade fashion line
- Mel C reckons Spice Girls should have appeared in Brits celebrations
- Gorillaz album date set
- Queen did contemplate Robbie fronted tour
- Lennon lyrics to be displayed at Luton airport
- More acts added to US Hall Of Fame
- O'Jays not impressed with Hall Of Fame inductor

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KILL ALL HIPPIES RETURNS
After a short break, legendary rock night Kill All Hippies returns in 2005 with a special music alliance with TuneTribe.com, fabulous new artwork and two new rooms!! In 2004 Kill All Hippies introduced some of the bands of 2005: Kasabian, The Duke Spirit, The Others, The Rakes, 80's Matchbox B-line Disaster and Little Barrie, to name a few. Watch out again because this year Kill All Hippies will be the nurturing ground for another clutch of fabulous British talent, destined for great things. This month the live line up includes Planet Of Women, Youth Of Britain, Riff Random and Elviss, with DJ sets from residents Eddy Temple Morris, Jeff Automatic and Syrinx, plus the NME DJs. All take place on Friday March 25th at Canvas, York Way, London, N1; 8.30pm - late; tickets £5 (£3 in advance). Full press release at:

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MORE HOLE PICKING BY MESEREAU: JACK TRIAL UPDATE
Bit late today because Thomas Mesereau has been picking holes in everything we say. He's very good at it. Yesterday Mesereau spent much of his time trying to find inconsistencies in the testimony of Gavin Arviso, the teenager at the heart of the latest Michael Jackson child abuse case. It led to a number of exchanges between the lawyer and witness that the BBC described as "testy".

First up Mesereau again honed in on past statements by Arvizo in which he denied Jackson had behaved inappropriately around him. Of particular concern was a conversation he had had with one Jeffrey Alpert, a teacher at his school. Reading from a transcript of that conversation Mesereau quoted the teacher as saying: "Look at me, look at me... I can't help you unless you tell me the truth - did any of this happen?" Gavin admitted: "I told Mr Alpert he [Jackson] didn't do anything to me".

While focusing on Gavin's school, Mesereau took time to talk through the teenager's record there. Under questioning Gavin admitted he had been disruptive, rarely did homework and regularly argued with his teachers. Presumably those questions were part of the defence's ongoing attempt to portray Jacko's accuser and his family as unreliable witnesses though, it has to be said, statically speaking not only good children are abused.

The case continues.

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VANCE FUNERAL TODAY
The funeral of the late great rock radio DJ Tommy Vance, who died earlier this month, is taking place at the Golders Green crematorium today (in fact by the time you read this it will probably have happened). Friends said they hope the event would be a "celebration of his life".

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DUTCH ISPS REACH COMPROMISE TO HELP LABELS FIGHT P2P COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
Now here's an interesting idea - compromise. Internet service providers in the Netherlands have reached a compromise with the record labels there regarding the campaign against the illegal sharing of copyright music via P2P platforms like Kazaa and Grokster.

As previously reported, record labels can only trace illegal file sharing to the IP addresses of the guilty parties - the internet service providers hold the key to the actual identities of those individuals. Music industry associations have tried to use copyright legislation to force ISPs to hand over that contact information as a matter of course.

However internet service providers are cautious in making the identities of their consumers known to third parties, officially because they don't want to run the risk of falsely accusing their customers (the way record labels identify copyright violation isn't completely reliable) and, it might be argued, also because the existence of P2P networks has been a useful tool for ISPs in driving up the sales of broadband.

For a time in the US the courts forced the ISPs to automatically hand over the contact information of suspected copyright violators, however that decision was later overruled. Now the record labels have to begin legal action against individual lawsuits as 'John Doe' cases, proving to the courts an IP address is being used for copyright violation before launching litigation against the specific individual. This makes the whole process much more expensive and time consuming.

As a way of compromise five Dutch ISPs have agreed to send warning letters to any of its customers the music industry suspects of violating copyright via P2P networks. This letter will be drafted by the Brain Institute, with represents various Dutch labels and entertainment companies. If customers can be shown to have ignored one of those warning letters the ISP will assist to an extent in the record label's attempts to proceed with legal action.

It remains to be seen if that compromise is adopted elsewhere - the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry did recently appeal to ISPs across Europe to work with them in their fight against online copyright theft.

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BOLLYWOOD COUNTERFEITS SEIZED IN ROTTERDAM
Also coming from our Dutch Music Piracy desk (they've been very busy recently), news that over 140,000 counterfeit CDs and DVDs have been seized in 13 raids by anti-piracy officers in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The stash of disks were more or less exclusively Bollywood films and music, seemingly originating from Pakistan - one of the major sources of illegal copies of popular Indian CDs and DVDs.

Commenting on the raid, Iain Grant of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry told the CMU Dutch Music Piracy team: "This is an important seizure, highlighting the growing problem of pirate disc exports from Pakistan. That country is now one of the world's major sources of pirate CDs and DVDs. Disc production is practically unregulated and this is having a serious effect on Indian repertoire and rightsholders. Very little is being done in Pakistan to tackle the problem - urgent action is needed from the government to regulate disc manufacture and introduce proper enforcement against this illegal trade."

Speaking to our Dutch Music Piracy Team's London correspondent, Dave Martin, of the BPI added: "Our work with UK customs and other border officials has helped to stem the tide of pirate Indian titles which traditionally came into the UK and were then distributed into other European countries. As a result of sustained action against this trade we believe the pirates are switching to other entry points in Europe."

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PETER KAY VIDEO LIKELY TO TOP SINGLES CHART
Chart news, and it looks like Tony Christie will be topping the charts this weekend, thanks primarily to that genius video created by comedian Peter Kay for Comic Relief. The video sees Kay lip-syncing to Christie's 'Is This The Way To Amarillo' joined by a stack of celebs including Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Savile and Ronnie Corbett. After the video aired on Friday night's Comic Relief TV show the CD single was released yesterday in aid of the fundraiser, and it shifted over 40,000 copies in one day. That's some way ahead of its nearest rival - McFly's Comic Relief single - meaning it is quite likely to top the charts this weekend. The video comes on the CD which is presumably the reason most people are buying it - possibly launching an interesting trend where classic tracks might top the singles chart if they come with a comedy video.

Commenting on the project Tony Christie told reporters: "When Peter Kay and Comic Relief approached me about doing this, I was thrilled and hope that it will help raise lots of money for such a great cause."

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EUROVISION HOSTS ALTER LYRICS OVER POLITICAL CONCERNS
The host nation of this year's Eurovision Song Contest have had to rewrite the lyrics for their entry because organisers feared it was too political. The Ukraine entry is by Greenjolly and is called 'Together We Are Many'. Last year it was adopted by protestors after the country's disputed presidential election, leading Eurovision organisers to fear it would prove to be too political if performed as part of the song competition.

To overcome those issues Greenjolly have now written a new set of lyrics which Eurovision bosses say are OK, though presumably those Ukrainians in the audience who helped Viktor Yushchenko become president of their country through those protests will sing along with the original politically charged words - which went something along the lines of: "No to falsifications... No to lies. Yushchenko - yes! Yushchenko - yes! This is our president - yes, yes!"

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PROSECUTION SUM UP IN LIL KIM TRIAL
Back to the pop courts, and prosecutors in the Lil Kim perjury trial have summed up by saying the rapper "believed she was above the law" and that she thought "being a star allowed her to lie to a grand jury". Kim, prosecutors argued, was guilty of "buying into her own image".

As previously reported, Kim faces 30 years in jail if she is found guilty of lying to a grand jury investigation into a 2001 shooting that took place as the rapper left New York's Hot 97 radio station. Prosecutors say Kim lied when she told the grand jury that she didn't know who was involved in the shooting.

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MORE GLASTO LINE UP NEWS
Glastonbury man Michael Eavis has revealed a little more of the line up for this year's festival. Again confirming that Brian Wilson and Kylie will play, he told Radio 2's Johnnie Walker that Van Morrison, The Undertones and Elvis Costello are all also on the bill. Tickets for Glasto go on sale on 3 Apr.

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CHRISTIAN GROUP TAKE LEGAL ACTION OVER SPRINGER MUSICAL
A Christian group has applied for a judicial review of the BBC's decision to broadcast 'Jerry Springer - The Opera' - if judges find that the Corporation was at fault by screening the show they will force BBC bosses to go back in time and not screen it.

The legal action is being pursued by the Newcastle based Christian Institute, which is different than the Christian Voice organisation that coordinated much of the protests in the run up to the TV screening - a campaign which succeeded in persuading 47,000 people to air their disapproval of the show (well, their disapproval of the concept of the show mainly - most complained before they'd seen it).

Christian Institute bosses say the BBC broke its own charter in screening the controversial West End show, as well as violating the European Convention for Human Rights which forbids religious discrimination. The organisation's boss, Colin Hart, told reporters that the musical was "the most offensive and spiteful show ever broadcast by the BBC" adding: "There may be many shows running in West End theatres that I find offensive, but I am not paying for them to be pumped into my living room. I am appalled that a publicly-funded body should be so contemptuous of the people who pay for its upkeep. The BBC has a duty to respect the religious beliefs of its viewers."

The BBC say the matter is with their legal department. God was unavailable for comment.

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KASABIAN PLAY FANS AT FOOTBALL
Kasabian, who re-release 'Club Foot' on Monday, will be playing their fans at football next Wednesday (23 Mar), though only in the virtual sense. Fans with networked X-boxes will be able to go online and take on the band at Pro Evolution Soccer. More info at http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/live/calendar/default.htm .

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BONO LAUNCHES FAIR TRADE FASHION LINE
A music star launching a fashion line isn't unusual. A music star launching a fashion line that doesn't rely on third world sweat shops - well, depending on who you believe, that is more unusual. Anyway, Bono is continuing in his bid to be 'the nicest person in the world' by launching a clothing company that aims to provide sustainable employment in third world countries. The Edun label will make jeans, jackets and dresses and sell them in the West but, most importantly, will also control where the clothes are made ensuring the African communities used genuinely benefit from the enterprise.

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MEL C RECKONS SPRICE GIRLS SHOULD HAVE APPEARED IN BRITS CELEBRATIONS
Now, we love Mel C here at CMU, but we don't share her viewpoint that Brit Award organisers were at fault when they chose to ignore the Spice Girls in their celebration of their 25th anniversary earlier this year. Mel C is quoted as saying: "I feel there should have been some recognition of the Spice Girls at this year's 25th anniversary. We flew the flag for Britain around the world in the '90s and we achieved a hell of a lot." She's right of course, but is there anyone who would actually list a Spice Girls record in their top ten records of the last 25 years? Case closed.

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GORILLAZ ALBUM DATE SET
So much potential for a Oasis v Blur style release battle this summer, but alas no one has chosen to go that way. Which means we've got a Coldplay release coming just after an Oasis release coming just after a Gorillaz release. Confirmation of the latter was given yesterday - the new album from Albarn et al will be 'Demon Days' out on 23 May, with a single release, 'Feel Good Inc', out on 9 May.

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QUEEN DID CONTEMPLATE ROBBIE FRONTED TOUR
Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May have told Capital Gold they did consider working with Robbie Williams on some projects at one time, but that in the end they decided not to go that route. There was speculation when Robbie recorded a version of 'We Are the Champions' for the 2001 movie 'A Knights Tale' that he might tour with Queen, but that never came off. Then, when Taylor and May announced last year that they would tour again but with former Free frontman Paul Rodgers as a frontman, rumour had it Robbie was annoyed at being 'over looked' as a possible new vocalist for Queen.

Speaking to Capital, Rodger Taylor admitted they did consider touring with Robbie back in 2001: "I think America appealed to him and he... I think he was sort of quite keen on the idea at one point, and it did seem like a good idea, and then I think we all sort of drew back a little - thought about it a little harder, and then thought 'Maybe not', you know".

Brian May continued: "We got close with Robbie... yeah. Absolutely. Yeah, we talked to him, but not in an auditioning kinda way. We just thought 'Wouldn't it be fun if we did something'. We kind of talked about it and talked about it and came close but..."

Talking about the up coming Queen tour, May explained that the third surviving member of the band - bass player John Deacon - would not be involved because he "doesn't want the stress of touring".

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LENNON LYRICS TO BE DISPLAYED AT LUTON AIRPORT
The words of the Beatles hit 'All You Need Is Love' are to be written on the walls of Luton airport after they were voted the greatest words of all time in an internet poll.

The poll was run by a body charged with the tricky task of promoting Luton. The Lennon penned lyrics beat Churchill's "Never in the field of human conflict" and the Bible's "Man does not live by bread alone" in the public vote. "Unto Thine Own Self Be True" was the second most popular, with "All Journeys Begin With A First Step" in third place.

Commenting on the poll, Paul Kehoe, Managing Director of Luton Airport, told reporters: "The winning quotation is a great choice as the words will send out an immediate, positive and life affirming message to all visitors arriving in the UK at London Luton Airport".

Tony Edwards, PR for Luton First, the promotional body who organised the poll, said: "It was interesting to see that the title of a 1960s' song should be in the forefront of public imagination more than 40 years on."

Luton is not the only British airport that will be displaying a Lennon lyric of course. Liverpool's airport is now named in Lennon's honour with a strapline taken from his solo hit 'Imagine' - "above us only sky".

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MORE ACTS ADDED TO US HALL OF FAME
U2, The Pretenders, Percy Sledge, the O'Jays, blues legend Buddy Guy and Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein were all welcomed into the US Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a gala event in New York last night.
When Bruce Springsteen entered the Hall Of Fame back in 1999, it was U2's Bono who oversaw the induction, so it was apt that Springsteen led the tributes as Bono's own band were inducted last night.

Referencing to the opening of the band's recent hit single 'Vertigo', Springsteen joked: "Unos, dos, tres, catorce; that translates as 1,2,3,14. That is the correct math for a rock'n'roll band". He went on to recall the time he saw an early U2 gig and how he marvelled at "the young Bono, single-handedly pioneering the Irish mullet. U2 hungered for it all and built a sound, and they wrote the songs that demanded it."

Before playing his set at the Hall Of Fame show, Bono joked: "This is a bit of an Irish wedding. Beautiful girls in beautiful frocks, fights in the bathroom, lawyers with bloody noses."

Accepting a place in the Hall Of Fame for the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde paid tribute to late members Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, "without whom we wouldn't be here. On the other hand, without us they might have been here, but that's the way it works in rock'n'roll."

Both BB King and Eric Clapton paid tribute to Buddy Guy. Clapton said: "Buddy personified all that the modern bluesman needed to be. His technique is and was unique." King, meanwhile, added: "I never was as handsome as he is. I think [King's guitar] Lucille liked him better."

Guy responded: "To be in company like this tonight, I'm just out of words. I just want to play for you."

Highlights of the twentieth annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony will be shown on VH1 in the US this weekend.

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O'JAYS NOT IMPRESSED WITH HALL OF FAME INDUCTOR
Elsewhere in Hall Of Fame news, the O'Jays have told reporters they were not impressed with the artist chosen to induct them - Mr Justin Timberlake. The group's Eddie Levert admitted: "We protested, kicked and stomped. But it is out of our control."

Bandmate Walter Williams added: "No offence to Justin, because he deserves the respect he has earned, but I could think of a few people who know more about our pain and suffering and history."

Which hardly seems far. Justin did cry a river over Britney didn't he? And wasn't he a performer on the Mikey Mouse Club TV show? Surely that's a kind of suffering.

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