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In today's CMU Daily:
- Court forces ISPs to identify suspected downloaders to BPI
- US Congress strengthens download laws
- Canada back in court on P2P fight
- Oasis tracks online
- Picking holes in past testimonies: Jacko trial update
- Rip & Burn no more
- Vinyl proving popular in charity shops
- Single Review: Slyde - We Love It/Right On
- Greatest albums poll fuels sales surge
- Harcourt and British Sea Power to play together
- Creamfields launches this week
- Spree confirm V
- Babyshambles confirm Isle Of Wight
- Bravery and Bloc Party confirm Oxegen
- Bravery tour
- McCartney tour
- Rooster tour
- Manics end tour
- DVD Review: Him ? Love Metal Archives Volume 1
- Classical Brits nominations announced
- City types look to Coldplay to keep EMI buoyant
- Doves love Delia
- Darkness star damaged by donut

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CARLING LIVE 24
Carling, the beer behind some of Britain's biggest and best live music  events, is presenting another 24 hour music marathon. Following the success of 2004's Carling Live 24 event in London, this year Carling will be bringing an all day all night line up of great live music to both London and Manchester, the former on 30th April, the latter on 28th may. 26 bands and 13 venues will take part in the event, with Embrace, The Zutons, Ian Brown, Babyshambles, The Chemical Brothers, Doves and Kaiser Chiefs among the artists on the bill. For full press information check the CMU Press Room - where more media information will appear as it is available:

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COURT FORCES ISPS TO IDENTIFY SUSPECTED DOWNLOADERS TO BPI
Another good day in court for you music industry types. The BPI has secured access to the names of 33 individuals that it reckons have been illegally uploading music files onto P2P networks like Kazaa. The ruling at the High Court in London means internet service providers will now have to reveal the names and addresses of those individuals so the record labels can being legal action against them.

As reported more times than I care to mention, every time the BPI wants to sue a suspected downloader for copyright violation they must go through a two stage process. Internet tracking technology will only reveal the ?IP address' of the suspected downloader and only the internet service providers can link that information to an actual name and address. The music industry must demonstrate to the courts that they have sufficient evidence against an individual before the ISP can be forced to hand over that information. Then the industry can begin legal proceedings against the individuals themselves. It is the first stage of that process the BPI has fulfilled in their latest legal assault on individual downloaders.

Welcoming the latest High Court decision, BPI general counsel Geoff Taylor told CMU's Stop The Evils Of Downloading Editor: "This court order should remind every user of a peer-to-peer filesharing service in Britain that they are not anonymous. We are continuing to collect evidence every day against people who are still uploading music illegally, despite all the warnings we have given. If you want to avoid the risk of court action, stop filesharing and buy music legally.?

Elsewhere in downloading news, the BPI has revealed details of the 31 people it targeted in its last round of anti-downloading litigation ? whose identities were revealed to the record labels after a previous High Court ruling. Stats fans will like to know that of the new cases two come from Northern Ireland, three from Scotland, two from Wales and the rest from England. Eleven are from London and the South East, five are from the West Country, two from the Midlands, five from Yorkshire and the North West and one from Norfolk. Presumably the internet hasn't reached the North East yet.

Most fun of all is the news that a number of those being targeted are parents whose children have been using their computers for some P2P. On that Mr Taylor continued: "Parents may teach their children that it's good to share. But kids using these so-called "filesharing" services are not "sharing", they are distributing music all over the world. Unless they have permission from the record company concerned, this is against the law and could end up costing a family thousands. The risks of allowing children unsupervised access to the internet are well-known. To that long list should now be added the very real possibility of legal action if music is uploaded to the internet illegally. The safest thing that parents can do is check their computer regularly and disable any filesharing software. If children want to buy music online, there are plenty of legal music stores that are safe to use".

While revealing all those stats, the BPI also revealed the results of a survey carried out by research company TNS which reckons that in the last two years the people downloading music have spent £654 million less on recorded music because of the P2P phenomenon. Shocking. Of course most of these ?money lost to downloading' surveys tend to be a bit dubious when you look at the stats more closely, but even if we assume P2P-using music fans are sitting on a cash pile of £654 million what do we think they've been spending it on ? I'd guess gig tickets and ringtones. Less money lost to the music industry, more money lost to the record labels.

On the up side though, for the record labels anyway, is the news that there seems to be an increasing awareness among music fans that downloading music for free from P2P is wrong. In the same TNS survey most of the 18% of the UK population who regularly download say they use legal download platforms, while of those not yet downloading 84.3% say they would never consider filesharing illegal. Of course all that really tells us is that the general population now know that when surveyed about downloading the correct answer is ?I'd never use a P2P network?, though that's a good start I suppose.

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US CONGRESS STRENGTHENS DOWNLOAD LAWS
Of course what the BPI really need is some hardline support in parliament like Senator Orrin Hatch in the US Congress ?  then we could have all those pesky downloading kids put in jail, may be even put to death. Well not quite, though the US House Of Representatives has passed new legislation which will make it a criminal offence to upload a movie or song onto the internet before its official retail release. The Family Entertainment and Copyright act, led through Congress by Hatch, has already won the approval of the US Senate, meaning it now only needs President Bush's signature to become law.

The new act will firmly put the law on the side of the entertainments industry when it comes to the leaking of new films and albums onto the internet before their retail release. Nearly all of the key album releases in the last year have surfaced on P2P networks long before their official release in record shops. Now anyone found guilty of uploading that content could face a five year prison sentences and $250K fine ? considerably more than the average cost of an out of court settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America.

The new act also helps the movie industry tackle another major source of piracy ? the taping of a film on a camcorder in the cinema, which will also become a criminal offence. The movie industry reckon 90% of pirated movies originate with camcorder recordings, so they will welcome this move. However they will be less pleased with another key component of the new legislation. The act allows companies to sell special filters that will automatically skip scenes containing sex or violence when a movie is watched on DVD. A consortium of directors and studios have previously tried to stop companies selling those filters on the basis they attack their artistic vision and violates their copyright, but the new law will give legitimacy to the sale of such technology.

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CANADA BACK IN COURT ON P2P FIGHT
Such hardline legislation would be music to the ears of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, who have suffered more than most in their attempts to tackle the P2P problem, with judges there generally of the consensus that while they don't condone online copyright violation, current Canadian copyright law can do little to stop it. The industry association is due in the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto in another attempt to find a judge who will take a different view, because until one does the Canadian industry is unlikely to be able to force any internet service providers to hand over the contact information of suspected downloaders which, as explained above, is crucial to the legal onslaught against file sharers. The appeal will centre on the BMG Canada v John Doe case that first went to court this time last year, though legal experts reckon nothing much has changed in the meantime so the appeal judges are unlikely to reach a different ruling. The Canadian industry, legal types say, need to persuade legislators to change the law if they are going to get anyway with their fight against downloading.

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OASIS TRACKS ONLINE
Talking of tracks arriving on the internet ahead of release (which we were a minute ago), tracks from the new Oasis album are doing the rounds six weeks ahead of its 30 May release date. According to the NME the tracks available via P2P and various Oasis message boards are: The Meaning Of Soul, Let There Be Love, Keep The Dream Alive and Mucky Fingers. Meanwhile a CDR recording of the album is on sale on eBay for £9.99 ? though Sony reckon they can trace the seller and stop it, or other copies, from being sold.

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PICKING HOLES IN PAST TESTIMONIES: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Anyway, enough of all that ? copyright law is so incredibly dull. Back to a more interesting court case, and another morning of Thomas Mesereau / Janet Arvizo banter. As the Michael Jackson trial continued yesterday, so did Mesereau's attempts to portray Arvizo, the mother of Jacko's current accuser, as a money grabbing charlatan.

Much of the morning was spent going over a previous lawsuit that the Arvizo family brought against a store security guard in which Mrs Arvizo claims she was assaulted and molested. Jacko's legal team want to prove that that incident was a con that won the Arvizo family a $150,000 settlement ? the (albeit suspect) logic being, of course, if she conned the system then, she will be conning the system now.

Having already admitted that she lied to the court during that case when she denied that her then-husband beat her, Mesereau took her up on other parts of that testimony. Of particular concern were photos that Arvizo's lawyers claim show the injuries Janet suffered during the altercation with the store security guard. When asked when the pictures were taken, Arvizo said ?straight away? after the assault. To which Jacko's lawyer responded: "But didn't you testify that you didn't have these bruises immediately?" Mrs Arvizo fumbled for a while, before saying she couldn't remember exactly when the pictures were taken, because it had been handled by her lawyers. Referring to the admission that her ex-husband did hit her, Mesereau suggested the bruises in the pictures were as a result of a run in with him rather than a store security guard, to which Janet responded "That's incorrect?.

As previously commented, Mesereau did, to a certain extent, succeed in damaging the credibility of Janet Arvizo during her five days in the witness stand. Doing so is crucial to Jacko's legal team's defence case. However, despite some contradictions and a tendency to ignore questions and address the jury directly, Mrs Arvizo's testimony wasn't disastrous for the prosecution and, as she stood down and Gavin Arvizo's grandmother took to the witness stand, it is still hard to say which side, if any, is gaining momentum as the case continues.

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RIP & BURN NO MORE
With the growing download sector busy propping up Apple Computers and the hopes of the whole music industry, it was probably unfair to expect it to sustain a magazine too. Yep, word has it that Rip & Burn, the music magazine launched last year and specifically targeted at the digital music scene, is no more, although an online version may launch in the near future. The fact that the magazine has failed to build a big enough readership soon enough may be a sign that, despite the hype, the digital music space is still relatively small. Or it could be a sign that music, at the end of the day, is just music, and building a magazine around a mere delivery mechanism isn't enough of a USP in the crowded music media space. But whatever, it's always sad when another music title leaves the newsstand.

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VINYL PROVING POPULAR IN CHARITY SHOPS
The bosses of Children's charity Barnardos are reporting an increase in demand for vinyl at their ?bring and buy' shops - so much so demand is exceeding supply.

John Ellis, Head of Retail Development at the charity, told CMU: ?Music is a big part of our retail business and as you would expect, demand for CDs has far outstripped that of vinyl in the past 15 years. However, in recent months, we have noticed a distinct up-turn in vinyl sales, and many of our shop managers are deluged with requests for certain artists and records. Music is becoming so readily available nowadays, with the rise of the internet, MP3 players etc, so for music aficionados there is real cachet in owning original vinyl. It appears that records and albums from the seventies and eighties are proving most popular, and we think that it's part of a wider trend for all things nostalgic, as we find that retro toys and games from the same period also sell particularly well?.

The charity is now encouraging people with unwanted vinyl collections to consider donating them so Barnodos can use the renewed interest in vinyl to raise additional funds.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Slyde - We Love It/Right On (Fingerlickin')
Already snapped up for Ali B's upcoming Y4K comp; the appropriately named 'We Love It', penned by veteran Brit duo Slyde (aka Jason Laidback & Robin Twelftree), is model of classic, raw Fingerlickin' breakbeat. All the usual hyperbole apply - block-rocking, anthemic, monster, killer, the list could go on, but put simply, this is a straightforward paradigm of the quality, well-liked DJ/dance-floor fodder that this label do best - it's no timeless mantra and its doesn't profess to be.  Flip over for the intimidating, dubby menace, 'Right On', whose relentless rolling sub-bass and rough beats swell into a monstrous, spleen-rupturing blast of sub-tones. Not as likeable as the A-side, but a winning little treat nonetheless, and the second of a triumphant double-hitter from the ever-reliable stable. The Fingerlickin' brand are to the breaks scene what Tennants Super is to a hobo - it's the fundamental life-blood, and consistent, uncomplicated club tracks such as these, are the bread and butter of every working breaks jock. OG
Release date: 9 May
Press contact: Fingerlickin' IH [all]

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GREATEST ALBUMS POLL FUELS SALES SURGE
Retailers have reported rocketing sales of some of the classic albums that did well in Channel 4's Greatest Albums Poll, which was shown on Sunday night, with online retailer Amazon saying that certain older albums have sped to the top of their Hot 100 music chart, knocking off the work of contemporary favourites such as The Killers and Stereophonics. Albums benefiting from the exposure include Jeff Buckley's ?Grace', which jumped hundreds of places overnight to reach number 4, Nick Drake's ?Five Leaves Left' at 6, Joni Mitchell's Blue at 16, and that Radiohead album that topped the poll, ?OK computer', which re-entered the chart at number 14

Well, it's easy enough to diss these ?top whatever' programmes, for the fact that they are not exactly fair, given the online voting system, and also the fact that so much contemporary  rubbish ends up beating classy old stuff. Not to mention all the inane punditry that goes on. But at least this one appears to have introduced new generations to some great albums that they might not otherwise have chosen to experience. And the sales boost thing is good too. 

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HARCOURT AND BRITISH SEA POWER TO PLAY TOGETHER
Ed Harcourt and British Sea Power are to play a one off London show together at The Scala on 25 May. The show is part of the Bud Rising Festival, which takes place in the capital throughout May and features The Bravery, Dizzee Rascal and Supergrass.

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CREAMFIELDS LAUNCHES THIS WEEK
Talking of festivals and all that, the eighth Creamfields will be officially launched at the Babycream bar in Liverpool this Thursday. Cream boss James Barton will be on hand to reveal full details and line up of this year's event which, as always, takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Press info on the launch from Gill at Cream on 0151 707 1309.

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SPREE CONFIRM V
The Polyphonic Spree have confirmed that they are to play at the V Festival, which, as previously reported, will take place at Staffordshire's Weston Park and Chelmsford's Hylands Park from 20-21 Aug. Other recent confirmations include The Stands, Good Charlotte, Estelle, Jem, Tom Vek and Lucie Silvas.  The line-up also features Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Embrace, Maroon 5, Kaiser Chiefs.

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BABYSHAMBLES CONFIRM ISLE OF WIGHT
More festival stuff, and The Sun reports that Babyshambles have confirmed they will play the Isle of Wight festival on the Saturday, 11 Jun, alongside Roxy Music, Morrissey and Goldie Lookin' Chain. The festival takes place from 10 - 12 Jun in Newport, and boasts a line-up that includes Faithless, REM, Snow Patrol and Embrace.

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BRAVERY AND BLOC PARTY CONFIRM OXEGEN
Yes, yet more confirmations. The Bravery and Bloc Party have signed up for Ireland's Oxegen festival and will perform on the Saturday.  The Tears and Super Furry Animals have also been confirmed as headliners for the New Bands Tent Saturday and Sunday respectively. The line-up so far includes the following:

Saturday 9 Jul:
Green Day, The Frames, The Prodigy, Queens Of The Stone Age, Snoop Dogg, Ian Brown, Kasabian, Razorlight, Bloc Party, The Bravery, The Tears

On the Dance Stage: Erick Morillo, Mylo, 2 lone Swordsmen, Slam, Black Strobe, Fish Go Deep & Tracey K, Brother J, Conor G, Frank Jez, Hugh Scully

Sunday 10 Jul:
Foo Fighters, Keane, The Killers, New Order, The Streets, Doves, Audioslave, Jimmy Eat World, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Super Furry Animals, James Brown, The Beautiful South, Josh Ritter

On the Dance Stage: Deep Dish, LCD Sound System, Jacques Lu Cont, Death In Vegas, Sillicone Soul, The Infadels, Nic Fanculli, Brother J, Paul Taylor, Scott McNaughton, Al Gibbs

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BRAVERY TOUR
And talking of The Bravery's live dates, the band have announced they will tour the UK and Ireland in the autumn. Dates as follows.

18 Nov: Southampton Guildhall
19 Nov: Birmingham Carling Academy
21 Nov: Manchester Apollo
23 Nov: Glasgow SECC
25 Nov: Dublin Ambassador
26 Nov: Belfast Ulster Hall
27 Nov: London Carling Brixton Academy

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MCCARTNEY TOUR
Yet more live news, as Paul McCartney announces that he is to undertake an extensive North American tour, with the former Beatle planning 28 US dates starting at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on 16 Sep and ending on 29 Nov at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The tour will publicise the release of an as yet untitled forthcoming album.

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ROOSTER TOUR
And even more live news. Rooster, bless 'em, are on tour as of tomorrow:

21 Apr: Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
22 Apr: Norwich UEA
23 Apr: Bristol Carling Academy  
26 Apr: London Astoria
29 Apr: Manchester Academy
30 Apr: Glasgow Academy
1 May: Leeds Met University

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MANICS END TOUR
More more more live news, but this time no dates. Manic Street Preachers performed live in London on Monday and Tuesday, wrapping up their UK tour of smaller cities and venues with two dates at the Hammersmith Carling Apollo. The band, who are unlikely to perform live again for another two years, played new song 'Firefight', which features on the limited edition 'God Save The Manics' tour EP, available as a free download from the band's official website, but when crowds called for 1993 track 'Sleepflower', James Dean Bradfield was heard to say: "Tell you what, in two years time come back we'll play that soft metal piece of shit for you."

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DVD REVIEW: HIM ? Love Metal Archives Volume 1(SonyBMG)
For a band who are so totally massive, it seems strange that most of their videos resemble a GCSE drama exam: dark, rainy and not about anything discernable. That's not to say that they aren't brilliant. It's HIM for fuck's sake. And you don't get jiggy gold bling hoes and caddies with pneumatics. What you do get is lots of extended metaphors - like snow and cellars, lots of slow sweeping shots of icy women in long black dresses walking towards a fan, and of course lots of very striking glimpses at the band's much idolized frontman, Ville Valo.  While the rest of the band thrash away in the background, the eerily made-up Valo is always in the foreground looking, not nonchalant, but numb. All that love. It's just too much sometimes. Mosttimes. You can definitely see the bands progression through their promos: not only does the music get rawer and heavier, but they spent more money on their videos: Ville not looking like a school nativity, and not shot in his back garden with a fridge. Many of them really are hauntingly beautiful, particularly ?Right Here In My Arms'. Much of the live footage isn't of great quality and really shows that while their shows aren't as frenetic as a System Of A Down gig the sentiments of the songs comes across loud and clear. It's not about aggression ? it's all heart and sex. With over five hours of material this is an essential for even the passing fan. It reminds you quite how good this band are, and how much they deserve the enormous underground following they have gathered. The best bit has to be the BAM vs. HIM bonus disc: Finnish Goths and stupid American skater gnarly dudes all in LA making videos (and mess). Genius. JG
Release date: 18 Apr
Press Contact: SonyBMG IH [all]

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CLASSICAL BRITS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel leads the nominations for the sixth annual Classical Brit Awards which were announced yesterday. Terfel's album ?Silent Noon' is up for Album Of The Year and  Ensemble/ Orchestral Album Of The Year, while he himself is up against Colin Davis and Aled Jones for Male Artist Of The Year.

He also competes with Aled Jones in the public voted Album Of The Year category - Jones being nominated for ?The Christmas Album'. Other artists in the running for the album award include Duel, Katherine Jenkins, James Galway, Libera, Ludovico Einaudi, violinist Vanessa-Mae and The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.

The awards themselves take place on 25 May at London's Royal Albert Hall ? more info and full nominations list at http://classicalbrits.co.uk/

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CITY TYPES LOOK TO COLDPLAY TO KEEP EMI BUOYANT
Music pundits aren't the only people speculating about the success or otherwise of the up coming Coldplay release - city types are showing an interest too. The reason being that when EMI reported disappointing profits earlier in the year the major (partly) blamed the late release of the new Gorillaz and Coldplay albums. That has led to some in the investment community to equate Coldplay's success with EMI's success.

HMV's Geearo Castaldo told Reuters: "With share prices so sensitive and responsive to individual acts, all analysts become music experts. It seems the prospects of a whole company are riding on this album."

Whether Chris Martin is up to taking on a job normally left to Robbie Williams ? ie keeping up EMI's share price - remains to be seen.

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DOVES LOVE DELIA
According to The Sun, Delia Smith's infamous rant at Norwich could be sampled for a Doves track. The incident, in which Norwich City Director Delia shouted ?Let's be 'aving you? to supporters during a match, took place in Feb. The band have already shown footage of the TV chef's shouty fit at a live gig at the University of East Anglia. A spokesman said: "The crowd were already chanting the Delia quote. So when the film started it went down very well." The tabloid goes on to say that Doves have asked Delia if they can sample her on a track, but there's no indication of a response from Ms Smith just yet.

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DARKNESS STAR DAMAGED BY DONUT
Justin Hawkins is apparently nursing broken ribs and torn leg muscles, and not because he was attacked by angry darts fans following those exciting revelations yesterday that he is planning a celeb darts game show. In fact the Darkness frontman fell off one of those floaty donut things which was attached to a speed boat, whilst on holiday in Dubai. What precipitated the accident is unclear. The singer said "All the skin was stripped off my knees and I tore the big muscle in my right leg. It turned out I'd cracked two ribs too. I was as pale as a ghost and nearly passed out." Ouch.

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