CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 5th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- RIAA win first jury P2P trial
- UK Festival Award nominations announced
- Hanson brother has surgery to remove blood clot
- Armour tries to resurrect Beyonce lawsuit
- Britney does have visitation rights
- Jadakiss charges dropped
- Foxy Brown launches jail website
- Wu Tang Clan clarify Beatles sample claim
- New Lenny Kravitz
- New Arctic Monkeys
- Ben Griffith EP
- Corgan supports Moog museum efforts
- Robbie guests at Ronson show
- Diana concert raises over a million
- Your Sound returns
- Radiohead deal imminent
- Commercial radio reorganises shared programming
- Lovefoxxx and Simon Klaxons to wed
- Love Osbourne bitching
- Joy Division asked to reform

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TOP BIT
The Recording Industry Association Of America has scored a victory in the courts this week, winning that previously reported jury trial that had come up as part of their long running anti-P2P litigation campaign. One Jammie Thomas disputed the RIAA's claims that she illegally shared music via Kazaa, and claimed the industry body's techniques for tracking file sharing were suspect and inconclusive. The case went before a jury - the first time that has happened. Had Thomas won, it would have thrown doubt on the methods the RIAA have employed in legally targeting thousands of illegal filesharers, which would have been embarrassing and potentially hugely damaging. But the good news, for the RIAA, is that they won the case pretty damn quickly. So that's alright then.

And perhaps this particular bit of P2P litigation - given that it was [a] high profile and [b] went in the RIAA's favour - will remind the public at large once again about the rights and wrongs of consuming music online. Or perhaps it will reinforce the reputation of the major record companies as being nasty litigious corporates who like suing single mothers (even though, as the court ruling showed, they were actually in the right).

Either way, I think the record business still has someway to go in educating the public at large about the rights and wrongs of music online. This was brought home to me this week when I started a course on copyright law as part of this part time law degree I'm doing at the moment. As an introduction to the subject, our lecturer took great delight in telling my shocked fellow students about just how much copyright violation they are guilty of on a daily basis. They were shocked because many of them really didn't know that downloading music from anything but a legitimate source was 100% illegal, and those that had a vague notion of that fact were struggling to distinguish the legitimate sources from the very illegitimate ("is Limewire legitimate?" one asked).

Now, this is an evening course, so the average age of the students is probably early thirties rather than the stereotypical 19. Which possibly shows us something interesting. A lot of the efforts by the record industry to educate the masses about the wrongs of P2P has been aimed at teenagers, or the parents of teenagers. As consuming content online becomes more mainstream, perhaps more efforts are now required to educate older music fans who, as far as I can see, are still very confused by it all

Quite how you do that I'm not sure, though I still think excessive litigation, however high profile, is not the way. Though, if we can find good ways to communicate the message, even if it doesn't stop web users from illegally downloading, at least it makes the labels more justified when they do go legal.

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: Twisted Licks at 229
We mentioned this in that there Top Bit t'other day, but lets tip it proper shall we? This is the new night from the Kill All Hippies team who have teamed up with Year Zero to create Twisted Licks, where, and I quote, "guitars go deviant, keyboards turn filthy and girls and boys go to do the things they shouldn't". Like Kill All Hippies, Twisted Licks will offer a brilliant mix of bands and DJs, and for the first ever night, tonight, there's something extra special because The Rakes will be headlining. Add to that The Bishops and Assembly Now live, plus on the decks DJ Rhysmix and Mark Beaumont, and we know already this is going to be a goodun. Oh, and draft beer will be £1.50 a pint until 10pm - hurrah.

Friday 5 Oct, 229 Great Portland Street, London, 8pm till late, £6 before 10pm, £8 after, info at http://www.myspace.com/twistedlicks or http://www.229thevenue.co.uk, press info from nick@10xbetter.com

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Wang at Corsica Studios
Coming from the outer fringes of the UK dance scene, this time Wang hosts Lula and Electro Elvis have found a new just-this-side-of-legal venue, at South London's Corsica Studios, and this weekend they'll throw one hell of a party there, having secured Manchester acid house monster legends Gerald Simpson (aka A Guy Called Gerald) and Graham Massey (808 State) who will perform LIVE together for the first time since 1989. Utilising analogue hardware machines, G and G will be performing a 'back in the day' ultra rare live acid set as Rebuild. Adding a more contemporary feel will be DJs-de-jour Simian Mobile Disco and electrotech nutter Andrew Weatherall. You wont see this again in a while me thinks....

Saturday 6 Oct, Corsica Studios, Elephant Road London SE17, 10pm -6am, tickets £10 in advance, more at http://www.wanging.com and press from Rocketscience.

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Mystical Records and Wall To Wall at Vibe Bar
The Vibe seems to pull in a good crowd over there on Brick Lane, and a bunch who are always up for a bit of a knees up, and the double act here on Saturday will definitely get them moving. First up you get a tea time set from Mystical Records in the form of dub and reggae selekta EG Sound who will foray deep into dancehall. Then at 8pm it's the Wall To Wall crew with residents DJ Aki and special guest AMP who will play their nut nut variety of house, electro and rave. In the second room out back the Red Room DJ's Laurence and Chris Jones reunite for another of their inspiring four hour back to back eclectic set which will provide an excursion to all things dancefloor: joining the dots twixt "cosmic/afro/rock/Italo/disco/house". Should be a good one.

Saturday 6 Oct, Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1, 5pm-1am, free before 8, a mere £4 after, more info at http://www.vibebar.net

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RIAA WIN FIRST JURY P2P TRIAL
Well, that all happened faster than I was expecting. The Recording Industry Association Of America have scored a quick win in the first P2P court case to go before a jury.

As previously reported, American single mother Jammie Thomas was accused of swapping 1702 songs via Kazaa in early 2005. She was one of the few targeted by the RIAA's anti-P2P litigation to actually decide to mount a defence, denying she had ever illegally shared music online.

Her defence questioned the reliability of the techniques the RIAA use for spying on individuals who share music online. Had the high profile jury trial relating to the case found against the record industry trade body it would have been both a legal and PR blow, because it would have publicly questioned the procedure with which the association has targeted thousands of other filesharers.

But that hasn't happened, because the twelve jurors quickly decided unanimously that Thomas was, in fact, guilty of file sharing. She was ordered to pay the labels $9025 for each of the 24 recordings specifically named in the lawsuit, bringing Thomas' fine to $222,000, considerably more than if she had settled with the record companies out of court.

Welcoming the ruling, a spokesman for the RIAA told reporters yesterday: "We welcome the jury's decision. The law here is clear, as are the consequences for breaking it. As with all our cases, we seek to resolve them quickly in a fair and reasonable manner. When the evidence is clear, we will continue to bring legal actions against those individuals who have broken the law. This programme is important to securing a level playing field for legal online music services and helping ensure that record companies are able to invest in new bands of tomorrow".

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UK FESTIVAL AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
VirtualFestivals.com have formally launched the voting for this year's UK Festival Awards, the public voted awards programme that will present awards to the festival industry at a London ceremony in early November.

There are twenty categories, including best major, medium and small festival, plus most memorable moment and even best toilets. Nominations for half the categories have already been announced, while the other shortlists will be announced today. British festival goers will then be encouraged to vote online.

Steve Jenner, Director of VirtualFestivals, told CMU: "2007 is widely considered to be best year of the decade so far for festivals. We are thrilled to be staging the UK Festival Awards once again and giving fans the chance to honour the event organisers and artists whose incredible efforts made it all happen".

We won't list the nominations here because there's loads - but you can find out more and vote at http://www.festivalawards.com. Press info from jonny@radiatorpr.com.

While we're on awards, yesterday we said that the British Academy Of Composers And Songwriters had already awarded their Gold Badge Awards for 2007. But we were getting ahead of ourselves there. The list of people due to be honoured at the awards event have been announced, but the badges themselves will be presented at the Savoy in London on 24 Oct.

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HANSON BROTHER HAS SURGERY TO REMOVE BLOOD CLOT
Isaac Hanson of, well, Hanson, has been hospitalised at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas where he is has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his lungs. He went to hospital after suffering chest and shoulder pain following a gig this week. There medics diagnosed a type of pulmonary embolism called "venous thoracic outlet syndrome". Reports say that the Hanson brother has had similar problems before, but not so severe. The surgery will, of course, mean this week's concerts will be postponed. Hanson are expected to update the press on Isaac's condition and gig postponements later today.

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ARMOUR TRIES TO RESURRECT BEYONCE LAWSUIT
Singer songwriter Jennifer Armour is going back to court to appeal an earlier ruling that threw out her claim that Beyonce nicked one of her songs.

As previously reported, Armour claimed that Beyonce took lyrics from her song 'Got A Little Bit Of Love For You' and used them for the song 'Baby Boy'. Her lawsuit claimed Knowles could have accessed her original track because Armour's former manager had shared it with Beyonce's record label Columbia.

But in October last year the US courts dismissed the case, ruling that the two songs were not similar enough for Armour to have a case, even if she could prove Beyonce had been exposed to her songs.

Now her lawyer is arguing that the case should be heard by a jury, presumably because she thinks her client would get a better shot at having the case heard and winning. She also says that an expert has analysed the two songs and disagrees with the original court ruling regarding the lack of similarity between them.

But Knowles legal people argue that expert analysis regarding the two songs is not relevant because the standard test in these kind of copyright cases is whether an ordinary listener can hear the similarity.

The appeal judges are yet to rule on whether the case should go back to court.

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BRITNEY DOES HAVE VISITATION RIGHTS
Elsewhere in the American pop courts, Britney Spears has been given visitation rights to her two children after losing custody of them to ex-husband Kevin Federline this week. Spears was not in attendance at the latest custody hearing, though the Fed was. His lawyer, one Mark Kaplan, told reporters his client believed the ruling giving him custody was "justified", adding: "Kevin wants to maintain the custody that he has as long as he can". Word has it Spears will be able to see her kids every other day, but only under supervision. The current custody arrangement will be reviewed on 26 Oct. Meanwhile reports suggest Britney may attempt another stint in rehab to convince the courts she is responsible enough to look after her children properly.

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JADAKISS CHARGES DROPPED
More pop courts nonsense, and prosecutors have announced they are dropping charges against rapper Jadakiss a year after his original arrest. The rapper and two other men were stopped by police in Yonkers, NY last October, and it was claimed officers could smell marijuana and found a gun in the vehicle. The three men were charged in February this year, but one of them was acquitted last month after DNA tests failed to link any of the three to the gun. Following that ruling the Westchester County district attorney's office yesterday asked for the charges against Jadakiss and the third man to be dismissed. The rapper's attorney, Clement Patti, said it was outrageous the charges had lasted this long, adding that his client "has had this cloud over his head for a year, affecting his career".

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FOXY BROWN LAUNCHES JAIL WEBSITE
Into the pop prison now, and a new website has been launched called http://www.freefoxybrown.com which will feature all the latest news on Foxy Brown, who, as previously reported, has been jailed for a year after violating her probation relating to a conviction that followed a fracas at a nail salon in 2004. The new website will enable the rapper's fans to say in touch with all things Foxy Brown while she's behind bars, plus, of course, find out more about her forthcoming new album 'Brooklyn's Don Diva'.

The site is endorsed by the rapper, who says: "I devoted my career to building an affinity with my fans who have supported me unflinchingly and no barbed wire fence or prison wall will stop that. I am in great spirits and very focused, and needed a forum to communicate to the people".

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WU TANG CLAN CLARIFY BEATLES SAMPLE CLAIM
The Wu Tang Clan have clarified their announcement earlier this week that they had secured permission to use a sample from Beatles song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', an unprecedented achievement it being more or less impossible to persuade Apple Corp to let you do anything with a Beatles recording. In a new posting on their MySpace they say they will be 'replaying' a bit of the classic track in their song 'The Heart Gently Weeps', but not actually sampling the Beatles original. As expected, they got permission for the replay via Dhani 'son of George' Harrison, who has been collaborating with the hip hop outfit, and whose father famously wrote the track.

The Wu Tang posting reads: "We didn't sample The Beatles, it was a replay, pardon. The statement that we made yesterday was incorrect and we apologize for any confusion it may have caused. We DID NOT sample The Beatles...rather we did an INTERPOLATION of the classic George Harrison composition 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. Dhani Harrison, son of George, through his friendship with the RZA, played guitar on the song and he himself helped secure the reuse license".

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NEW LENNY KRAVITZ
NME reports that Lenny Kravitz is getting ready to release his eighth studio album. The long player has been written and recorded over the last year in studios all over the world, an experience that Kravitz says made him feel like "a kid playing in my bedroom, and that's the most important thing you can tap into, that feeling of being free". We are awaiting a definite release date, but Kravitz says he will tour the album next year.

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NEW ARCTIC MONKEYS
Domino have announced that the next Arctic Monkeys single will be 'Teddy Picker', which will be released on 3 Dec to coincide with six upcoming UK shows, which we've probably reported on before, but here they are again...

8 Dec: Alexandra Palace, London
9 Dec: Alexandra Palace, London
11 Dec: Manchester Central
12 Dec: Manchester Central
14 Dec: Aberdeen, AECC
15 Dec: Aberdeen, AECC

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BEN GRIFFITH EP
Singer songwriter Ben Griffith will be hoping to cash in on the exposure his songs are getting via the current Ford Focus ad campaign by releasing his debut EP on 29 Oct, which includes the two ad soundtracking songs - 'Welcome To My Lifestyle' and 'Beat Of My
Heart'. The songs will appear on the 'Tea & Sympathy' EP out on Griffith's own label Cakewalk Records. Meanwhile he will be touring the UK next week, dates as follows:

7 Oct: Southampton Unit 22
8 Oct: Cardiff Barfly
9 Oct: Oxford Jericho
11 Oct: Exeter Picturehouse
12 Oct: Birmingham Glee Club
13 Oct: Sheffield Fox and Duck

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CORGAN SUPPORTS MOOG MUSEUM EFFORTS
Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan has thrown his support behind plans to set up a museum looking at the life and work of electronic synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. Here's what Corgan has to say: "I believe Bob Moog to be one of the great visionaries of our time. His ideas far transcend use in just music, and to this day continue to have impact in everything from rock to rap to quantum physics. I strongly believe many people all over the world would benefit from being able to interact with the thoughts, ideas, inventions, and life of Dr Moog". So there you go. More at: http://www.moogfoundation.org.

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ROBBIE GUESTS AT RONSON SHOW
Robbie Williams returned to the stage in LA this week by guesting at a Mark Ronson gig. According to the NME he performed a version of The Charlatans' 'The Only One I Know', apparently garnering a good reception from the audience. Williams, of course, lives in LA now. He is working with Ronson on his next album, which presumably explains the surprise guest appearance. Williams has been keeping a generally low profile since his stint in rehab earlier this year.

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DIANA CONCERT RAISES OVER A MILLION
The Princess Diana memorial concert held at Wembley back in July raised £1.2 million for charity, which is pretty good going. The money will be split between eight charities supported by the late Princess, who is back in the news this week, of course, because of the start of the formal inquest into her death in Paris ten years ago.

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YOUR SOUND RETURNS
The Glasgow initiative for unsigned bands, Your Sound, which gives unsigned talent to chance to showcase their work and meet movers and shakers in the Scottish music industry and music media, is back this weekend at the city's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. You'll find more info at http://www.kingtuts.co.uk/yoursound.

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RADIOHEAD DEAL IMMINENT
Everyone seems convinced Radiohead are about to announce details of a physical release of their new album 'In Rainbows' which, as previously reported, will be available for download on a 'pay what you want' basis, next week. The band are doing the download promotion, and releasing a forty quid box set edition of the new album, themselves, but are reportedly close to reaching a deal with a record company regarding a full physical release of the album, probably in early 2008.

According to Music Week none of the labels who have been talking to the band about releasing the album knew about the essentially free download promotion before the official announcement of the offer earlier this week. Whether the offer has caused any labels to rethink isn't known - probably not. Both EMI and Warner are rumoured to be courting the band with a one album deal - the former, of course, having released the band's previous albums. Billboard, however, says it is certain that US label ATO Records will get the North American rights to release the record, backing up previously reported rumours an indie would get the album in the States.

Talking of Radiohead, do check out this fun site which is getting people to say how much they are paying for the new Radiohead long player and why. My favourite comment so far: "I paid 45 pence. They're rich, I'm not".

See more at http://www.whatpricedidyouchoose.com/

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COMMERCIAL RADIO REORGANISES SHARED PROGRAMMING
Commercial radio body the Radio Centre has announced that the sector is reorganising the way it produces networked programming, that is to say shows and initiatives that are shared by commercial stations that belong to competing media firms. As previously reported, the commercial radio sector is keen to collaborate on high profile events and celeb filled entertainment programmes in a bid to take on their main competitor, the BBC.

According to the Guardian, in a bid to better organise those collaborations it has been agreed that GCap, who have just taken over direct production control of commercial radio's main chart show, will look after all shared contemporary hit programming. Meanwhile the production unit at Global Radio (formerly Chrysalis) will create adult contemporary station programming, including the A-List chart show, UK Music Week and The Brit Awards, and Emap Radio will look after dancey youth type things like the Fresh 40 dance chart (though that chart show is actually made by indie production firm Somethin Else).

This is what Radio Centre chief Andrew Harrison says: "Building on the success of UK Music Week where the genre networks worked incredibly well, this is a much more coherent, nationally focused structure for our industry".

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LOVEFOXXX AND SIMON KLAXONS TO WED
Lovefoxxx from CSS and Simon Taylor from the Klaxons are set to get married this winter. Lovefoxxx told Xfm: "It's true. Yeah it's going to happen next summer, no this summer. No this winter, because it's your winter but our summer in Brazil. It will happen on the top of your winter".

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LOVE OSBOURNE BITCHING
Following our recent updates on the Courtney Love/Dave Grohl feud, an update now on another Courtney feud that has been heating up of late - the Courtney Love/Sharon Osbourne feud.

Osbourne has accused Courtney of being instrumental in her son's teenage addiction to painkillers, while finding time to refer to the Hole singer as a "has-been", and telling Perez Hilton: "I'm glad she [Courney] doesn't like me. I only pity her. She's a virus. I don't want her anywhere near people I love".

But Love denies the facts in Sharon's bitch, saying: "I would never give drugs to a teenager. Fuck you Sharon - as if I would ever give drugs to a teenager".

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JOY DIVISION ASKED TO REFORM
Peter Hook has said that he was approached by the US distributor of Joy Division film 'Control' to see if the legendary band would reform to play the US premiere of the film. They were asking for Joy Division to reform, note, not New Order. Hookie says: "Someone from the film's US distributor's office phoned up saying that the New York premiere was on September 25 and would Joy Division play? I replied 'Well, the last I heard, the lead singer was dead but I'll give them a ring and see if anything has changed'".

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