CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 6th September

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Australian courts tell Kazaa to stop the piracy
- Napster boss says downloading supremacy "only a matter of time"
- UK media companies launch new music chart
- Warner enter licensing deal with Craig David
- Fretwell tour dates
- Andi quits TOTP
- Test Icicles want fans
- Franz want Christmas number one
- Babyshambles announce tour
- Single Review: Richard Hawley - The Ocean
- Canadian company get Solent licence
- Waters talks about that Pink Floyd reunion
- Ian Brown not planning Stone Roses reunion
- Feeder man spills accidental beans
- Coldplay affected by bad reviews
- Robbie won't release in US
- Dannii takes care of sis
- Important news about Britney's wedding ring

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AUSTRALIAN COURTS TELL KAZAA TO STOP THE PIRACY
Well, the courts do seem to be ruling in favour of the good old music industry of late, which is nice. The latest court to rule in our favour is in Australia, where the Federal Court in Sydney has ruled that the makers of the P2P network Kazaa actively urged its users to breach copyright. Concluding that very long and much previously reported court battle between Kazaa owners Sharman and the Australian music industry, judges ordered the P2P company to modify its software to prevent further piracy. And I should think so too.

Coming just months after the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling against the owners of P2P network Grokster, the new ruling is being seen by the music industry as a sign that the courts are finally coming round to their opinion that companies that make file sharing software can be and should be held liable for the copyright violation their technology enables. Previously courts have been unhappy to make such judgements, keen to uphold the principle known in the US as the Betamax ruling, which said that if a technology has legitimate uses the makers of such technology cannot be held liable if consumers choose to use it for illegitimate purposes. Kazaa's owners used that principle as their defence in the Australian court case.

However, Federal Court Judge Murray Wilcox, hearing the case, did not, as such, reject that principle. He said that accusations that Kazaa's owners themselves were guilty of copyright violation were "overstated". Rather, the company was guilty of complacency - they knew their software was used for copyright theft but did nothing to combat it. In fact, through their own website, they implied that stealing the copyright of record labels and music publishers was a "cool" thing to do. Wilcox: "The more realistic claim is that the respondents authorised users to infringe the applicants' copyright in their sound recordings".

With that in mind Wilcox ordered Kazaa's owners to adapt their software, within two months, so that it safeguards against copyright piracy. That is a similar order to that placed on the original Napster several years back. The courts objected to Napster because there was a central database that tracked files being shared, and therefore the P2P network's owners could, and the courts ruled should, monitor file sharing to stop the illegal distribution of copyrighted material.

While it is not quite as easy for Kazaa to monitor the files being shared via their network (there being no central database), it has been said for some time that there are certain adaptations that could be made to their software that would limit the amount of copyrighted content shared. Whether Kazaa will want to introduce such adaptations remains to be seen - when the original Napster started to filter files being shared on its networks its subscribers quickly jumped ship, leaving the company with huge legal bills and a dwindling membership, leading, ultimately, to bankruptcy.

It was perhaps with that in mind, that John Kennedy of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry concluded that the ruling will have a global impact, despite the court's jurisdiction being limited to Australia. He told reporters yesterday: "Today's judgement shows that Kazaa, one of the biggest engines of copyright theft and the biggest brand in music piracy worldwide, is illegal. This is a milestone in the fight against internet piracy worldwide."

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NAPSTER BOSS SAYS DOWNLOADING SUPREMACY "ONLY A MATTER OF TIME"
Talking of Napster, only this time the nice new legitimate kind, the boss of the UK division of the download platform has said it is only a "matter of time" before downloading overtakes buying CDs as consumers' preferred way of acquiring music. Napster UK General Manager Leanne Sharman made the comments after a survey revealed that 20% of Napster's 750,000 UK subscribers said they no longer buy CDs.

Sharman: "I think it's only a matter of time until consumers are wanting digital platforms as their number one method for music consumption. We believe we're in a transitional period. And we believe we will see an increased demand for online personalised music services because it's all about how much time do people have these days? People want music one click away - one click away from all the music you could ever want, which is what Napster offers."

Sharman added that the music industry at large should welcome the trend, arguing that overall demand for music was actually up in the digital age, music fans simply wanted to buy their music in a different way. And she's right you know.

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UK MEDIA COMPANIES LAUNCH NEW MUSIC CHART
I was saying just the other day, if there's one thing the British music industry needs, it's more charts. I mean, could you ever have too many meaningless countdowns of the bland dull music? I think not.

So praise the Lord for EMAP and GCap, who have announced they are to collaborate on a new music chart which will feature on the two groups' radio stations and the currently-undergoing-a-revamp CD:UK. To be called MiTrack, the new chart will be based on votes cast by listeners and viewers via the websites of CD:UK and partner radio stations. Music fans will be able to vote on both their favourite and least favourite music - meaning voters will be able to vote music 'down' the chart as well as up.

Commenting on the new chart, CD:UK producer Tammy Hoyle told reporters: "TV music shows that rely on record sales and paid downloads are not necessarily representative of popularity and there is nothing that currently reflects both the promo period and the sales period. The significant impact of broadcasting across the UK's largest TV and radio networks and the interactive nature of the voting will deliver a truly representative chart."

GCap's Keith Pringle said he hoped the new chart would help take attention away from the sales-stats-only Top 40, used by the BBC and still seen by many as the "proper chart" (mainly because it is the "proper chart"). He told reporters: "In bringing together the powerful combination of commercial radio and ITV to share content and cross-promote, we are delivering real value to listeners and viewers, while levelling the playing pitch with the BBC."

Of course chart fans have much to look forward to this Autumn, because MiTrack isn't the only new music countdown coming our way. As previously reported, a network of commercial radio stations is launching the AC Chart, which will combine sales figures from album, single, download and DVD sales to identify the most popular artists of the moment. And then there's the hugely exciting Fresh 40, which will be counting down the best R&B and urban music.

It makes me think that CMU should have a chart. Mmm, how about the CMU Totally Made Up Hot 30? This week's number one - Joy Zipper's 'One' - we love that tune.

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WARNER ENTER LICENSING DEAL WITH CRAIG DAVID
Excitement reached new levels at Warner Music yesterday following confirmation that the major had entered into an new exclusive licensing deal with Craig David. The deal with Wildstar Records (one bit of the former Telstar group that survived the bankruptcy) means Warner will be in charge of licensing all of David's music old and new all over the world, which is quite a responsibility. In a seperate deal, Warner Music International retains the non-UK rights to the rest of Wildstar's catalogue.

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FRETWELL TOUR DATES
Stephen Fretwell has just set out on a UK tour, preceding the release of next single 'New York' on 10 Oct. Here's the full list of tour dates. Although, FYI, Glasgow, Norwich , Sheffield , Manchester and London are sold out already.

6 Sep: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
7 Sep: Brighton Komedia
8 Sep: Norwich Arts Centre
10 Sep: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
11 Sep: Sheffield Fez Club
12 Sep: Leeds Cockpit
14 Sep: Liverpool Academy 3
15 Sep: Glasgow King Tuts
16 Sep: Edinburgh The Venue
18 Sep: Newcastle The Cluny
19 Sep: Middlesbrough Georgian Theatre
20 Sep: Birmingham Glee Club
22 Sep: Wrexham Central Station
23 Sep: Leicester Charlotte
25 Sep: Manchester Academy 3
26 Sep: Bristol Fiddlers
27 Sep: London Kings College

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ANDI QUITS TOTP
Top Of The Pops executive producer Andi Peters is quitting the show because, frankly, there's nothing left to fuck up on the once flagship pop programme. The former kids TV presenter has announced he will return to presenting as host of BBC1's City Hospital. A BBC spokesman denied Peter's was leaving because TOTP was in the final stages of its funeral march, saying that he simply wanted to return to presenting, and adding that TOTP "is performing solidly each week in its BBC Two slot so this isn't the end of the show or time for another re-launch".

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TEST ICICLES WANT FANS
Well, they are useful in hot weather. But enough of that. Test Icicles are looking for fans to appear in their next video for new single 'Circle Square Triangle', which they're filming at the end of this week in London. Those wishing to appear in the promo should send their name, age and phone number/email address, together with a photo to test.icicles@independ.net.

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FRANZ WANT CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE
Those loquacious Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have apparently said they'd like to have a go at getting that near-Holy Grail that is the Christmas number one slot, despite the peril inherent in going up against Cliff Richard during any given festive period.

"It would be great to get the Christmas number one," said frontman Alex Kapranos, "I suppose we could even write something special for Christmas. I think Santa Loves Franz Ferdinand sounds pretty good."

Bassist Bob Hardy added: "We could follow it up with The Easter Bunny And Franz."

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BABYSHAMBLES ANNOUNCE TOUR
Babyshambles have announced a rather long series of live dates starting in the latter half of Sep (some of which replace that cancelled summer tour). I'm not going to be so cheap as to suggest that they might not turn up to some of them, but if you're going to buy tickets, make sure you can get a refund. As (yawn) previously reported, the band are supposed to be working on that long awaited debut album.

20 Sep: Carlisle Brickyard
21 Sep: Greenock Town Hall
22 Sep: Aberdeen Forum
23 Sep: Dundee Fat Sam's
25 Sep: Sheffield University
26 Sep: Nottingham Rock City
27 Sep: Newcastle University
28 Sep: Birmingham Academy
29 Sep: Stoke The Underground
30 Sep: Manchester Academy
1 Oct: Shrewsbury Music Hall
2 Oct: Norwich UEA
4 Oct: Southend Chinnery
5 Oct: Bristol Academy
7 Oct: Middlesbrough Empire
8 Oct: Leeds Blank Canvas
9 Oct: Liverpool Academy
10 Oct: Cardiff University
11 Oct: London Brixton Academy

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SINGLE REVIEW: Richard Hawley - The Ocean (EMI/Mute)
Scott Walker and Nancy Sinatra are both big fans of Richard Hawley, which is not that surprising as Richard's singing shares a resemblance with Scott and Frank. Although a former member of the Longpigs and Pulp, Hawley has a style that has more in common with these old time crooners than with Britpop. 'The Ocean' is unashamedly romantic in the old fashioned sense, with deep, slightly gravely vocals, a big orchestral sound and a slight edge of melancholy. The single is the first to be taken from Hawley's fourth album 'Coles Corner', released this week (5 Sep). JW
Release date: 29 Aug
Press contact: Pomona [CP, RP, NP] Out Promotions [CR, RR, NR]

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CANADIAN COMPANY GET SOLENT LICENCE
One for us followers of new analogue radio licences (there's more of us than you'd think). Canadian owned CanWest has won the new licence for the Solent region on the South coast, making them the first non-UK company to win a brand new licence (something that only became possible with the new media ownership rules that came into effect a couple of years back). CanWest's station will be called Original 106, though whether its "adult alternative radio" format, featuring a mix of album-led music targeted at 40 to 59 year-olds turns out to be all that original, remains to be seen (it might be I suppose).

Elsewhere in analogue radio licence awards, the Local Radio Company took the new Swindon licence with their news-based station NOW FM, while Palm FM was awarded a licence in Torbay where they will deliver a mix of classic and contemporary music, and local-interest speech radio, which sounds pretty much like the remit of every single local radio station fifteen years ago (which is possibly not bad thing).

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WATERS TALKS ABOUT THAT PINK FLOYD REUNION
Roger Waters has spoken to Word magazine about that Live 8 reunion, and the fact that, as previously reported, the band turned down in the region of £136 million to reunite for a US tour. Waters says that the tour is out of the question but has not ruled out the possibility of doing another one-off gig, if it were a special occasion. Waters said that he'd "really loved" playing with his old band again, and added: "I hope we do it again. If some other opportunity arose, I could even imagine us doing Dark Side of the Moon again - if there was a special occasion. It would be good to hear it again."

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IAN BROWN NOT PLANNING STONE ROSES REUNION
And talking of people being offered lots of money to get back together, former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has apparently revealed that he has been offered $1.8 million to tour with his old band, but that he is having none of it, despite recent rumours to the contrary. According to IOL.com, Brown said: "We were like brothers once and that spirit is what made us. But now that spirit simply isn't there. It's not about the money. I just don't see how we could recreate what we had. It would spoil everything by trying."

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FEEDER MAN SPILLS ACCIDENTAL BEANS
Grant Nichols of Feeder has accidentally revealed that the band are to split up, apparently. The alleged slip is reported to have taken place when Nichols was being interviewed whilst at the PS2 Weekender Festival when he said: "This will be our last album. Oops, I've messed up there."

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COLDPLAY AFFECTED BY BAD REVIEWS
Oh dear, I hope Chris Martin doesn't read the CMU Daily (fortunately, it's not very likely he does).

Anyway, the Coldplay frontman has admitted he is affected by negative reviews. He told the New York Post: "The truth is it really does affect us". Apparently a bad review in Rolling Stone and a scathing write up in the New York Times were particularly hard to take. "The Rolling Stone review knocked us sideways. And this is the first time that we've responded to it. That's why we're having trouble knowing how to answer. There's no harm admitting that you're human and these things bring you down. That New York Times thing, yeah, it was fucking devastating for us".

Still, that dull, bland, unimaginative nonsense that Coldplay make sells very well, so who cares what the critics think?

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ROBBIE WON'T RELEASE IN US
Also not impressed with the US response to his music is Robbie Williams, so much so he has vowed not to release his new album 'Intensive Care In America' in the States, or at least so reports contactmusic.com. They quote Williams as saying: "The only way one of my albums is going to get into an LA record store is if I leave it there myself."

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DANNII TAKES CARE OF SIS
Dannii Minogue has apparently been drafted in to take care of sister Kylie whilst boyfriend Olivier Martinez is away for a couple of weeks in Romania filming a new movie. Kylie, as previously reported, has been staying at Martinez's Paris flat whilst undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

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IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT BRITNEY'S WEDDING RING
Because you all care so much, we just thought we'd let you know that Britney Spears is having another wedding ring made because her first one wasn't good enough. The pop princess said of the ring: "This isn't the real one. Because I don't - I like this one, but I'm getting a newer one that's even better. It's totally a real diamond. But it's not the final. I like this, but it catches onto everything. I want something that's not as pokey-outy. The one I'm getting is a little bit flatter. And it's just more of a rare diamond."

See, you'll sleep better now, won't you?

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