CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 22nd October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Winehouse arrested for cannabis possession
- TI appeals for bail
- South African reggae star shot
- Former Killing Joke bassist dies
- Joey Bishop dies
- Lawyer Kent dies
- The Automatic announce new member
- Nugent loses appeal over concert cancellation
- Eels best off in the pipeline
- Wire re-release
- Lennox hits out at security after masked audience member causes concern
- Live Nation look to buy merchandising firm
- Charts company launch black music chart
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- SUBtv playlist
- Britney devastated by court ruling
- Enter Professor Johnny Marr
- Razorlight not splitting, ok?


So, everyone's favourite video links site is no more after the Federation Against Copyright Theft, Gloucestershire trading standards types and Gloucestershire police raided the offices of and closed it down on Friday. According to police reports, the website's owner and some of its moderation staff were arrested. And FACT says that this is just the first of a series of planned moves to combat the illegal, unauthorised distribution of video content online here in the UK.

For those that never used the service, listed hundreds of TV series and movies and provided links to video sharing sites - YouTube, Veoh, Stage6, Guba etc - where surfers could currently locate them. The directory was constantly updated - which was key - because TV programmes and films posted on these video sites are constantly coming and going. They come as new people upload them to different video sites, they go as technical faults make them inaccessible or, more often, the owners of the programmes or films demand they be removed. Keeping track of this coming and going can be tedious for those looking for video content online, and that's where TV-links came in.

Of course, the vast majority of the content linked to by TV-links was illegally uploaded, and FACT would argue that by making it easier to find that content, and by updating users on where new content was situated as old content was removed, the listing service was making the distribution and consumption of pirated content much, much easier.

Whether or not that, in itself, constitutes copyright infringement is for the courts to decide. One would assume that question will be key to the website's owners' defence - it usually is - ie TV-links did not, itself, host any illegal content, it simply linked to it, and therefore, they will argue, they can't be held liable for the illegal distribution of films and TV shows. Sites that offered similar services linking to illegal sources of music, but without actually hosting any, have used that defence in the past with varying success - generally the courts have been less willing to accept the defence of late.

FACT's raid, however, poses two other questions, other than the technicalities of UK copyright law in this domain.

Firstly, and this has been a topic much discussed in forum and blog land this weekend, why begin their proactive campaign against illegal video distribution with a relatively small player - an easy target, as it were? TV-links was not an overtly commercial site and seemed to be more a labour of love than a deliberate effort to profit from other's content. Why not go after the video sharing sites who really are hosting that content? And why not the ones that carry advertising alongside the illegal videos? And why not the biggest video sharing site of them all - Google's YouTube? While that may not be legally important, in PR terms it is. By taking on the perceived 'little guy' the broadcasters and movie studios will do to themselves what the major labels did through their anti-piracy endeavours over the last decade - position themselves as the bad guys, the 'goliaths' against the grass roots 'davids', something which will hinder their efforts to win early-adopter support in the web community, and which will give those leading the illegal distribution of content online the perceived ethical superiority, even if not the legal one.

Which brings us to the second point, and one we ranted on here seven days ago, and will not doubt rant on again and again in the coming months. Thanks to the growth of broadband, the TV and film industry are in the process of finding themselves in the same situation the music industry was in ten years ago, where they lose control over the distribution of their content as more and more people stream or download it via illegal sources across the net.

Initially it seemed that the TV and film industries were resisting the kind of panic response to that situation which proved so disastrous for the record industry, by holding back on getting the lawyers out until compelling legal services were available. One of the reasons consumers used the original Napster and its clones, despite the record industry's litigation against them, was because there simply were no legit ways to access music online at that time, because the record industry had been so busy issuing lawsuits it had failed to launch any.

The TV industry looked like it was going to be different at first - holding back on the litigation, holding talks with YouTube re licensing their content, and investing in their own online on-demand services. But the lawyers are now well and truly out ... and here's the thing. The legit services just aren't ready. They are in the main un-userfriendly, limiting in the access to content they provide, often preview rather than full programme based, and often DRM-heavy.

In short, they have been created by content owners still unwilling to accept that in the internet age you cannot control access to your content - through DRM or litigation. Ask the major record companies - you can't stop people accessing it, all you can do is make it available in as many places as possible, all the time, anytime, and find as many ways as you can to profit from that legit distribution.

I'm not saying TV-links should or shouldn't have been closed down this weekend. What I'm saying is that the content industry has changed - the record labels are slowly catching up with this fact, the TV and movie industry have, it now seems, some way further to go to get with the moment.

Hence the very long Top Bit (longest ever, I reckon). I suspect there'll be more until they finally start to listen, and discover where the money really is in the age of online content.


As you no doubt saw in Friday's c'leb reports, Amy Winehouse was arrested in Norway and held overnight on Thursday night for cannabis possession. She was released on Friday morning after paying a 500 euro fine.

Winehouse, husband Blake Fielder-Civil and a third person were arrested at a hotel in the Norwegian city of Bergen after being found in possession of seven grammes of the drug. However, the singer quickly worked her way through the country's legal system, meaning she was free to perform gigs in Bergen and Norway capital Oslo this weekend.

Norwegian prosecutor Lars Morten Lothe told the Associated Press: "She's paid the fine, so this thing is over for us now". A spokesman for the singer, meanwhile, told reporters: "She was released without charge. The show in Bergen is going ahead as planned".

In the whole scheme of things, given all the recent stories of Winehouse's recent druggy antics, seven grammes of cannabis is hardly a story, even though the person who tipped off the police about the possession possibly wanted it to be. Though, that said, some are speculating that the arrest might cause problems the next time Winehouse tries to get a US visa, American authorities getting awkward over anything nearing a drugs charge. Whether that proves to be true remains to be seen.


Lawyers for rapper TI, who is still banged up after those previously reported weapons charges, have requested his release on a proposed $2.2 million bail. But US magistrate Judge Alan Baverman has said he won't rule on the proposal until 26 Oct, and only then if TI's people can convince him a suitable home monitoring system is in place. Under the proposals the rapper would basically be under house arrest until the trial over all those charges of unlawfully possessing firearms, unregistered machine guns and silencers, which were piled up after the hip hop star was arrested ahead of the BET Hip Hop Awards a week ago. The charges are worse because they violate conditions of a previous conviction on drugs charges.


One of South Africa's most successful artists has been shot dead in what police are calling a "botched hijacking" in Johannesburg. Reggae star Lucky Dube was attacked as he dropped his son off at a relative's house. The son was unharmed physically, though is presumably in mental shock after witnessing his father's murder.

Police arrested five suspects in connection with the shooting yesterday, with their spokesman, Eugene Opperman, telling AFP: "I can confirm that five suspects were arrested this morning. We confiscated two unlicenced guns, and four cars including the blue VW Polo that is believed to have been used on the night the crime was committed. The cars are believed to have been stolen".

The killing has been condemned by numerous key figures in the South African music community, and by South African President Thabo Mbeki who called Dube "an outstanding South African" adding: "We must... make a commitment that we shall continue to act together as a people to confront this terrible scourge of crime, which has taken the lives of too many of our people and does so every day".

Jay Savage of Sony/ATV South Africa, with whom Dube had a twenty album publishing relationship, added: "Lucky was the greatest African reggae artist and it was always a pleasure working with someone who is unquestionably the best in their field. He was always a bit of a maverick but knew how to act decisively which all make for a songwriter who is good to work with. His death is an unbelievable shock".


A former bass player with both Ministry and Killing Joke, Paul Raven, was found dead this weekend after an apparent heart attack.

Raven was a member of Killing Joke from 1982 to 1991, after which he played with metallers Prong before joining Ministry for their albums 'Rio Grande Blood' and 'The Last Sucker'. He also rejoined Killing Joke for their reunion album in 2003. He was in Geneva at the time of his death where he was due to record with French industrial metal band Treponem Pal.

Alternative band Gundogs, whose bass player is Paul's brother Dan Raven, told CMU yesterday: "It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our friend, the iconic and legendary Paul Raven, who is the brother of our very own bass player Dan Raven. Gundogs would all like to express their heartfelt sympathies to Paul's friends and family, and to our own "brother" Dan. Dan...We are all here for you and your family. we love you bro!"

Gundogs say messages of condolences for Paul left on their MySpace will be passed on to his family -


Joey Bishop, thae last surviving member of the early sixties 'Rat Pack', died last week. Publicist and longtime friend Warren Cowan confirmed on Friday Bishop had died from "multiple causes" at his home in Newport Beach California last Wednesday.

Comedian Bishop brought the comedy element to the famous Rat Pack, performing alongside Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr in numerous shows and films in the sixties. Although a key member of that group, Bishop rarely participated in the hard drinking and womanising the Rat Packers became reknowed for, which is possibly why he outlived all of his fellow group members - Lawford died in 1984, Davis Jr in 1990, Martin in 1995 and Sinatra in 1998.


David Kent, a music lawyer with London based legal firm Seddons, died last week after losing a fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 54.

Kent joined Seddons in 1988, and had run their media and entertainment division from 1997. Prior to Seddons he worked in house for what was then Thorn EMI. At the same time, according to his official biog, he spent time as a "budding but 'frustrated' musician in various bands before deciding he was probably better off just sticking to the law!"

He leaves behind a wife, Marilyn, and daughter Charlotte.


The NME has reported that The Automatic have announced that former Yourcodenameis:milo frontman Paul Mullen will be joining them as a new permanent member to replace Pennie who, as previously reported, quit the band last month. Yourcodenameis:milo announced they were on indefinite hiatus back in August. It is unclear if Mullen will take on Pennie's specific duties in the band - playing keyboards and jumping around in a generally irritating fashion - or whether he will have a different role. He sang and played guitar in his last band.


The Michigan Court Of Appeal has rejected an appeal by rocker type Ted Nugent who sued music festival Muskegon Summer Celebration after they cancelled a 2003 booking with his band Amboy Dukes after he made allegedly racist remarks in a radio interview.

Promoters of MSC cancelled the planned Amboy Dukes set at their 2003 event after a local newspaper reported on the radio interview, comments the famously right wing Nugent had made, and opposition by some local residents to what he had said. They said at the time of the cancellation that "any use of potentially offensive racial terms such as those attributed recently to Ted Nugent do not reflect the spirit of Muskegon nor the Summer Celebration".

Nugent sued the MSC not only for breach of contract over the cancellation but also for libel, slander, "detrimental reliance", unfair competition and unjust enrichment. The breach of contract claim, heard by a jury, was successful, but a Muskegon County Circuit Court judge dismissed all the other allegations.

Nugent appealed that decision, but the Court Of Appeals upheld the dismissals last week. Not only that, but they reduced the compensation awarded to the rocker over the breach of contract claim. At first instance he was awarded $80,000 for breach of contract and $20,000 for lost merchandise sales, but the appeal judges reduced the first amount by $20,000, arguing that, had the gig gone ahead, Nugent would have had to pay 25% of his earnings to his management and agents, who were not party to the lawsuit.


Eels are planning a rather extensive best of package. Actually, there'll be two of them. The first is 'Meet The Eels: Essential Eels 1996-2006 Vol 1', which will be the greatest hits, and the second will be 'Eels Useless Trinkets: B-sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006', which will include, erm, b-sides, soundtrack tunes, rarities and previously unreleased tracks. Actually, the best of also includes some unreleased tracks too, which is a bit confusing. Oh, and it will also include a twelve track DVD. Here are loads of track listings. Not sure on UK release dates yet - we'll get them to you as soon as we can.

Meet The Eels...
Novocaine For The Soul
Susan's House
My Beloved Monster
Your Lucky Day In Hell
3 Speed
Last Stop: This Town
Climbing To The Moon (Jon Brion Remix) (Previously Unreleased)
I Like Birds
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues
It's A Motherfucker
Souljacker Part 1
That's Not Really Funny
Fresh Feeling
Get Ur Freak On (Previously Unreleased)
Saturday Morning
Love Of The Loveless
Dirty Girl (Live At Town Hall)
I Need Some Sleep
Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
Trouble With Dreams
Railroad Man
Losing Streak

Best of videos DVD
Novocaine For The Soul
Susan's House
Rags To Rags
Your Lucky Day In Hell
Last Stop: This Town
Cancer For The Cure
Souljacker part I
Saturday Morning
Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
Trouble With Dreams
Dirty Girl (Live at Town Hall)

B-sides, rarities etc disc 1...
Novocaine For The Soul (Live From Hell)
My Beloved Monster (Live From Tennessee)
Dog's Life
Susan's Apartment
Manchester Girl (BBC)
Flower (BBC)
My Beloved Mad Monster Party (BBC)
Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
Your Lucky Day In Hell (Michael Simpson Remix) (Previously Unreleased)
Altar Boy
Novocaine For The Soul (Moog Cookbook Remix)
If I Was Your Girlfriend (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
Bad News
Funeral Parlor
Hospital Food (BBC)
Open The Door (BBC)
Birdgirl On A Cell Phone
Vice President Fruitley
My Beloved Monstrosity
Dark End Of The Street (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
The Cheater's Guide To Your Heart (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
Useless Trinkets (Previously Unreleased)

B-sides, rarities etc disc 1...
Mr E's Beautiful Remix
Souljacker Part I (Alternate Version) (Previously Unreleased)
Dog Faced Boy (Alternate Version) (Previously Unreleased)
Jennifer Eccles
Rotten World Blues
Can't Help Falling In Love
Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
Mighty Fine Blues
Eyes Down
Taking A Bath In Rust
Estranged Friends (Previously Unreleased)
Waltz Of The Naked Clowns
I Like Birds (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
Sad Foot Sign
Living Life
The Bright Side
After The Operation
Jelly Dancers
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Live At Town Hall)
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (Live At Town Hall)
I Want To Protect You (Previously Unreleased)
I Put A Spell On You (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
Saw A Ufo (Previously Unreleased)


Now here's something rather exciting for those amongst you who sway slightly more to the experimental side of things, with news that pioneering noise-niks Wire are to release a new record called 'Read And Burn 03' on 12 Nov. Distributed through their own Pink Flag imprint it is the latest in their self-released series of 'research and development vehicles', which probably gives a good idea as to how niche its appeal will be. However, be sure to try it out at least once, as at just 25 minutes long it'd be frankly rude not too.

Here's the short tracklisting:
23 Years Too Late
Our Time
No Warning Given
Desert Diving

Press type info from Ampersand PR


Annie Lennox has criticised security at a concert in Colorodo last week for allowing a caped man wearing a gas mask into the venue. Lennox angrily left the stage at the gig in Boulder, Colorado after spotting the man in the audience, saying she was afraid he may be some kind of attacker. She returned to the stage once the man had been removed, but after the gig stormed off stage and straight to her tour bus, ignoring fans who were waiting to meet her outside.

Writing about the experience on her blog, Lennox apologised for snubbing her fans, but blames the whole incident on security who, she says, should not have let the masked gig goer into the venue. She writes: "In the 30 years I've been performing, I'm not that easily shaken. The security at the hall were extremely lax, and Mr "Nightmare On Elm Street" (or whatever weird thing was going on in his head) should never have been allowed to get anywhere near. Trust wasn't nice? I'm usually very patient and easy going with most kinds of behaviour in an audience...but that was really freakish and disturbing, whatever the hell it was. He owes me and my band an apology".

On storming out of the venue, and on one fan who criticised her angry reaction in a blog entry on MySpace, she continued: "I'm really sorry if you waited for me...normally it would have been completely different. In any case, apart from was a damned good gig. I think everyone seemed to love it... Except for the MySpace gentleman who's so upset with me ... now you can go and burn all my records in a ritualistic pile or sell them on eBay my friend".


Live Nation are furthering their expansion into areas of the music industry other than venue management and tour promotion by looking to acquire a major US merchandising firm.

According to the New York Post, the live music conglom is in "advanced talks" to buy Signatures Network, which holds the rights to licence and market the brands and images of more than 125 artists, including major players like U2, Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen.

Crucially, Signatures currently also handle merchandise for Madonna, who, as you all know, last week signed an unprecedented deal with Live Nation which will see the firm manage all her mechandising as well as her live and recorded music ventures. Acquiring Signature would enable Live Nation to bring merchandising expertise in house.

The Post reports Live Nation will pay $50 million for Signature, arguably a high figure for a company which reportedly generates around $120 million in revenues a year, but which operates on tight profit margins.


The Official Charts Company has announced it is compiling a new chart for BBC digital station 1Xtra which will track sales of what you might like to call 'music of a black origin'. Artists, we should stress, don't need to be black to be eligible (presumably that would break some law or other) and to prove that point whiteys Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson topped the first ever 1Xtra Chart. The chart will be counted down each Saturday afternoon on 1Xtra on a chart show presented by Ronnie Herel. The good news is he is black.


OK, yes, charts. Let's do that shall we? Well, singles first, and Sugababes are still numero uno with 'About You Now', with the aforementioned Ronson/Winehouse track, 'Valerie', going up a place to two. Both outsell Britney, whose comeback single 'Gimme More' enters at 3, though that is on download sales alone. The Killers also get a new entry from a download only release - 'Tranquilize', which will only get an iTunes and limited edition vinyl release, goes in at 13. Other new entries this week come from Elvis with 'Wear My Ring Around Your Neck' at 16, Orson with 'Ain't No Party' at 21, Kenny Rogers with 'The Gambler' at 22 and Rihanna with 'Hate That I Love You' at 29.

Albums wise, former CMU columnists (oh yes, a free smartie to anyone who remembers that far back) Stereophonics go top with their new album 'Pull The Pin', pushing Sugababes into second place there. Other new entries come from Jools Holland with 'Best Of Friends' at 9, REM with 'Live' at 12, Paul Anka with 'Classic Songs - My Way' at 13, Roison Murphy with 'Overpowered' at 20, Alison Moyet with 'The Turn' at 21, Jennifer Lopez with 'Brave' at 24, Jimmy Eat World with 'Chase This Light' at 27 and Hives with 'The Black & White Album' at 29.


It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
2. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
3. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Nuclear Blast)
4. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
5. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
6. HIM - Venus Doom (Warner Bros)
7. Down - Down III: Over The Under (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
9. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
10. Korn - Untitled (EMI/Virgin)
11. Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrants (Century Media)
12. The Cult - Born Into This (Warner/Roadrunner)*
13. Atreyu - Lead Sails Paper Anchor (Warner/Roadrunner)
14. Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times (Born & Bred)*
15. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild OST (SonyBMG/Columbia)
16. T.Rex - Greatest Hits 1972-1977 (Universal/Polygram)
17. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)*
18. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)*
20. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)


Here they are again, the videos being played on the SUBtv video screen network in students' unions all over the UK. New entries marked with a *.

Amy MacDonald - LA (Universal/Mercury)
Biffy Clyro - Machines (Warner/ 14th Floor)
Cold War Kids - We Used To Vacation (V2)
The Cribs - Don't You Wanna Be Relevant (Wichita)
Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited (Loaded)
The Hoosiers - Goodbye Mr A (SonyBMG/RCA)
Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (Because)*
Kanye West feat. T-Pain - Good Life (Universal/Def Jam)
Kings Of Leon - Charmer (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Kylie - 2 Hearts (EMI/Parlophone)*
Los Campesinos! - The International Tweexcore Underground (Wichita)
Mark Ronson - Valerie (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Big Brother)
Orson - Ain't No Party (Universal/Mercury)
Rihanna feat Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You (Universal/Def Jam)*
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division (Warner/14th Floor)

Angels and Airwaves - Everything's Magic (Universal/Island)
The Answering Machine - Lightbulbs (EMI/Regal)*
Blood Red Shoes - I Wish I Was Someone Better (V2)
Boy Kill Boy - No Conversation (Universal/Vertigo)
Buen Chico - Choosing My Religion (Faith & Hope)
Bumblebeez - Dr Love (Universal/Island)
The Envy Corps - Rhinemaidens (Universal/Vertigo)
586 - Rags & Tags (Supervision)*
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (EMI/DFA)
N-Dubz - You Better Not Waste My Time (EMI/Polydor)
Nine Black Alps - Bitter End (Universal/Island)
One Night Only - You and Me (Universal/Vertigo)
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out (Dance To The Radio)*
Ra Ra Riot - Dying Is Fine (V2)*
Super Furry Animals - Run Away (Beggars/Rough Trade)*
The Thirst - Ready To Move (Wooden)*


Britney Spears is reportedly "devastated", not at only charting at number three though. Rather at the previously reported court ruling which has taken away her visitation rights to see her children. Which is hardly a surprise, I suppose. As previously reported, the courts overseeing the custody battle between her and ex Kevin Federline ruled Britney could no longer visit her children because she had failed to fulfil other obligations to the court.

Following that court decision, a source close to Spears has told E! Online, "She's really upset. She keeps saying, 'I can't believe this is happening'. It's like she just can't accept what's happened".

The good news, for Britney, is that the visitation rights are likely to be reinstated because she has reportedly fulfilled whatever court obligations it was she had failed to fulfil.


Ex-Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr has become an Honorary Patron of the Trinity College Dublin Philiosophical Society, which to quote the dictum recognises: "individuals who have excelled in public life and made a worthy contribution to society". It's a position that keeps him in good company as he joins a sort-of who's who list of previous members including Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Salman Rushdie and Al Pacino.

Elsewhere in academia related Marr news, the guitarist has also been made a Professor Of Music by Salford University. In the role he will apparently deliver a series of workshops and master classes to students in its popular music and recording courses. Which is exciting. For the students. On the role Marr says this: "Salford University is offering some fantastic opportunities to students in music. It is an honour to be appointed as a professor and I'm excited at the prospect of being able to make a contribution".


Bad news for Mary here at CMU, who had put the champagne on ice. Razorlight have denied reports they are splitting up. The split rumours seem to have stemmed from frontman Johnny Borrell doing some solo performances of late. But both he and bandmate Andy Burrows have stressed that doesn't mean there will be any end to the band. Burrows told the Mail: "We're not splitting. We're planning a new album. Johnny might do some solo work but that's not a problem". Ah, so there'll be more Razorlight plus Borrell solo releases. Mary will be thrilled.

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