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Pro-file-sharing types use their 'freedom' to call for DEA axe
American kids getting high on sound, apparently
In The Pop Courts
Universal v Veoh appeal process begins
Britney cleared of child care failings
Reunions & Splits
Def Leppard announce hiatus
Artist Deals
The Bees sign to Fiction
In The Studio
The xx to begin work on album #2 in October
Release News
Magnetic Man announce debut album
The Walkmen sign to Bella Union
Full Time Hobby to release new compilation
Gigs & Tours News
Tinchy Stryder announces charity show
Belle and Sebastian announce UK and Ireland tour
Mt Desolation announce first tour
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Festival line-up update
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Album review: Klute - Music For Prophet (Commercial Suicide)
Brands & Stuff
Fiat tie up with Faithless
The Digital Business
Swedish Pirate Party sets up ISP
Google hire services of label negotiator
The Media Business
Presenters to return to NME radio
And finally...
No booze on Take That tour


 
THURSDAY 22ND JULY
KID ADRIFT
Playing an eclectic mix of rock riffs and dubsteppy beats, and with nods towards both Muse and Aphex Twin, Kid Adrift's music fills the gap between underground electronica and well crafted songwriting. Gaining attention from the likes of Vic Galloway, Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, he played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and has had the title track of his new EP, 'Oxytocin', added to the XFM evening playlist. With that EP out now via Island Records, we caught up with the Kid to ask the Same Six.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I lived in fairly remote places abroad growing up and didn't have any instruments to play so it wasn't really until my early teens that I got into writing music properly. When we finally got to Scotland I inherited a really nice old piano from a relative so I started playing that. I still have it to this day; it's where I start writing most songs. I have it in a little room that over looks the Ochil hills, so I try and get up there to write as much as possible.

Q2 What inspired your latest EP?
Long story! I was visiting someone in hospital and seeing a lot of brain scans and charts and things. I just thought it was odd seeing someone you know in such a scientific and impersonal way. It got me thinking about what emotions are, are they just a chemical in your head? It seems crazy to me to think that all of human history could just be a big petrie dish of chemicals interacting. Some people believe love is primarily a chemical called Oxytocin in your brain. I think there has to be more to it than that.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I usually start on piano. At some point a whole crapload of industrial noise and distortion comes in, I'm still figuring out how exactly that happens...

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I love Son Lux, he is really free with his orchestration and use of sounds. He'll rarely stick to the same set of instruments or, if he does, he'll use them to make completely different soundscapes. Trent Reznor has always created a world around his work that you can get inside, which I love. And Jon Hopkins gets me excited, his soundscapes and textures.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I guess more than anything I hope they find it raw. I feel like a lot of records are so polished they feel a bit soul-less. We still write, record, produce, mix and often master everything from my house even though we're on a label now. It's just straight out of my head onto tape using pretty rough and ready equipment. I still use the same laptop I've been using for about five years, but I think that's why people like it.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I've always just done my own thing of making crazy sounds up in Scotland, it's flattering that some people now want to get them out to a bigger audience, so I'll just keep doing it and it should be a pretty exciting few years ahead I hope.

MORE>> www.kidadrift.com
 
SUNDAY GIRL
Jade Williams picked up her Sunday Girl moniker while working part-time in a pet shop as a teenager - she was a girl, she worked of Sundays and no one could ever remember what her actual name was. Although that nickname remains, the shy, retiring girl it was once attached to is gone, reinvented as a pop star in waiting.

 
Signed to Geffen late last year, Williams has since written her debut album with producer Jim Elliott (Ladyhawke, Kylie Minogue). The first track from it, 'Four Floors', was made available online earlier this year and was quickly buried under gushing praise. A new track, 'Self Control', a cover of the Italo disco classic by RAF, recently followed and really shows what great potential she has with its acid squelches and powerful but understated vocals.

www.myspace.com/wearesundaygirl


 
  THREEWEEKS MEDIA-SKILLS PROGRAMME: EDITORIAL TEAM OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE
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These are voluntary roles, but you get to work alongside leading media professionals, who will provide formal training and on-the-ground advice and guidance. You'll also get to be part of a hugely exciting Edinburgh Fringe project and may have the option to review a show or two.

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PRO-FILE-SHARING TYPES USE THEIR 'FREEDOM' TO CALL FOR DEA AXE
The coalition government's 'Your Freedom' website, which encourages members of the public to suggest what laws should be abolished, has received in the region of fifty submissions proposing changes to copyright laws, most calling for the copyright section of the Digital Economy Act - which introduced new measures for targeting illegal file-sharers - to be abolished.

Launched at the start of the month by Deputy PM and Lib Dem man Nick Clegg, the Your Freedom forum encourages voters to propose the abolition of "pointless regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy" in a bid to "redress the balance between the citizen and the state". On launching the site, a government statement said: "Rules in society create good law and order, but too many nannying, unnecessary rules can restrict freedom and make criminals out of ordinary people".

Your Freedom wasn't really set up with the rather new Digital Economy Act in mind, but some would argue that the new measures in it to stop individuals from sharing music and movie files without a license - in particular the three-strikes system - is unnecessary, restricts freedom and makes criminals out of ordinary people. And with the DEA still so fresh in everyone's memories, it's not surprising it's been a target in the new forum.

According to Music Week, nearly fifty submissions to the website deal with copyright so far, some calling for copyright protection to be scrapped completely, others for copyright terms to be reduced, others for file-sharing to be legalised. One submission spotted by the trade magazine specifically asked for the three-strikes section of the DEA to be axed, pointing out how the new laws were rushed through parliament, and adding that anti-file-sharing measures apply "20th century thinking being applied to a 21st century way of life".

Of course, such calls for the relaxation of copyright laws are common in some quarters, and it is unlikely the Your Freedom forum will result in any radical reform of intellectual property laws being added to the government's agenda. But it is a reminder that the DEA was seen by many as very one-sided legislation, in favour of the copyright owners. There's definitely an argument that all sides could have benefited from having user rights included in the new Act too.

In related news, the consultation on just how the three-strikes section of the DEA might work continues. As previously reported, an earlier document from OfCom - who will manage the three-strikes process - on exactly how the system might work skirted around all the tricky issues. One such issue is who should pay for the sending of letters to suspected file-sharers, and all the other shizzle that will accompany that process.

Original government proposals suggested the content industries should cover 75% of the costs, the internet service providers 25%. Lobbyists for the music and movie industries have been lobbying hard to have their percentage share of the bill cut. The ISPs too have been calling for a different system, where share of costs is linked to the commercial benefit each party gets from any three-strike action, presumably because they reckon the content owner gets all the benefit so, under that system, would have to cover all the costs.

It was thought OfCom might comment on costs by the end of this month but, again according to Music Week, this now seems unlikely. OfCom's provisional thoughts on who should pay should now be available by late August.

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AMERICAN KIDS GETTING HIGH ON SOUND, APPARENTLY
So, you just thought digital music was killing the record companies but no, it's killing your children too. They're all dying, Right now. Look, that one just fell off their chair. Dead.

No, not really, but UK newspapers have picked up on a new American craze called 'i-dosing', which involves listening to specially created internet supplied sounds (glorified static really) via headphones in order to get "high". Well, sort of.

The story first began to make the rounds online last week after a local news report in Oklahoma City where three school children who appeared to be intoxicated claimed they had become so after listening to music on an 'i-dosing website'. Letters apparently were then sent home warning parents about the dangers of such sites, while the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs has also spoken out against the phenomenon.

Of course, it's impossible to really get high by listening to music or sounds, and various scientists have lined up to say so this morning. The 'i-dosing' sites employ a phenomenon first documented in the early nineteenth century called 'binaural beats', which involves playing sounds at subtly different frequencies into each ear, slightly messing with the brain. But not in a druggy way. Any such affect on the kids is almost certainly placeborel, which is a word I just made up but you're all welcome to use.

Dr Brian Fligor, Director Of Diagnostic Audiology at the Boston Children's Hospital told the BBC: "[Binaural beats] just mess with your perception of sound. It's neat and interesting, but it has absolutely no effect on your perception of pleasure or anything else that has been claimed. [I-dosing] is neither good nor bad. It's completely neutral. It's not the least bit harmful".

Though, of course, what Dr Fligor hasn't thought of are the dangers pointed out by Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the aforementioned Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, who said: "Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about, and it can lead them to other more dangerous places".

It's true you know. Once the kids are immune to the dangers of tedious whiny noise, they'll be much more likely to become Justin Bieber fans.

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UNIVERSAL V VEOH APPEAL PROCESS BEGIN
YouTube rival Veoh has warned the US's Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals that if they rule in favour of Universal Music in the two companies' ongoing legal dispute, then the precedent set would "wreak havoc on a variety of new media portals like Yahoo!, Google and Facebook".

As previously reported, video sharing website Veoh was sued by Universal Music for copyright infringement because it allows users to upload music videos containing the major's content, even though, unlike YouTube, the video site doesn't have any music licences.

Veoh argued that they removed any infringing content as soon as they were made aware of it and that, therefore, they were protected by the safe harbour clauses in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Universal disputed Veoh's interpretation of the DMCA on this issue, and questioned the competencies of the web company's take-down system.

The case was particularly interesting in that it had many similarities with the bigger Viacom v YouTube case, and therefore when Veoh defeated Universal's litigation last September some claimed the ruling did not bode well for MTV owner's Viacom. And correctly, as it turned out, because a judge has subsequently sided with YouTube in that dispute.

Nevertheless, Universal appealed last year's ruling, and both sides have now submitted written arguments to the appeals court, which is expected to hold a hearing on the case in the autumn.

The major argue that Veoh has duty to play a more proactive role in policing the uploading of unlicensed content to its servers. Veoh counter that, given the number of videos being uploaded, that just isn't feasible. Universal might respond by calling on Veoh to introduce the sort of technology-based content filters that are being developed and used by YouTube.

It will be interesting to see how this one turns out, and whether that will have any impact on Viacom's appeal in the YouTube case. If the outcome of Universal v Veoh v.2 is that the video site has an obligation to introduce YouTube-style copyright filters to enjoy safe harbour protection under the DMCA, then Viacom might still have a case for getting damages out of Google and YouTube, for the infringement that occurred before they starting introducing their content filtering technology.

Veoh is now owned by Qlipso. The video site was bought by the Israeli tech company after its original owners came close to bankruptcy earlier this year. At the time one board member of Veoh claimed the cost of the Universal litigation was what took the company to the brink.

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BRITNEY CLEARED OF CHILD CARE FAILINGS
Child care officials in LA have cleared Britney Spears over those previously reported allegations she was unfit to care for her two children.

As previously reported, the allegations of mistreatment were made by one Fernado Flores after he quit his job as Spears's bodyguard. He claimed he witnessed the pop star feed her two toddler sons food to which they are allergic, and on one occasion discipline one of her children by hitting him with a belt. A friend of Flores told reporters that Britney's alleged mistreatment of her sons was not deliberate but a result of her ongoing "issues".

But according to The Sun, the Los Angeles Department Of Children And Family Services have investigated the claims and ruled there was "absolutely no truth" in the former bodyguard's claims. They also quote a 'family source' who says "Flores is an opportunist".

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DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCE HIATUS
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has announced that the band have decided to go on a year-long hiatus as life together has become too "stressful".

Elliott told Metro: "We're taking a year off. After you have a hit like [1987 album] 'Hysteria' and you're signed to the corporate machine it becomes an albatross around your neck. As much as our music is anthemic rock n roll, it's a business at the end of the day. It's stressful and gets harder each time you make a record".

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THE BEES SIGN TO FICTION
Indie rockers The Bees have signed a new deal with Universal's Fiction Records, the label has announced. The band will release their first album for the label, their fourth in total, 'Every Step's A Yes', later this year.

The first taste of the album is a track called 'Silver Line, which is available to download now from wearethebees.tumblr.com. A video is also online at youtube.com/thebeesmusic

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THE XX TO BEGIN WORK ON ALBUM #2 IN OCTOBER
The xx's frontman Oliver Sim has said that he hopes to begin work on the band's second album, the follow-up to the Mercury-nominated 'XX', once they have completed their current touring commitments in October.

Speaking to Xfm, Sim said: "We've found touring to be not too creative. We come home in October, so hopefully we'll start writing then".

He added that he was conscious of the fact that this time around the writing and recording process would be different, saying: "I think there will be pressure [on us]. This album was made with no expectations of us, no one knew who we were. A lot of the songs were written in the mind frame that only the three of us would hear them. Writing in the mind frame that a lot of people might hear these new songs will be different, but hopefully it's something we can block out".

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MAGNETIC MAN ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
Magnetic Man, aka dubsteppers Skream, Benga and Artwork, have announced details of their eponymous debut album, which will be released on 4 Oct via Sony/Columbia. As previously reported (and approved), the trio will release their debut single, 'I Need Air', next week.

Here's the album's tracklist:

Sun
Fire
I Need Air (feat Angela Hunte)
Anthem
The Bug
Ping Pong
Perfect Stranger (feat Katy B)
Mad
Boiling Water
K Dance
Crossover
MAGSKIT
Karma Crazy
Going Nowhere (feat John Legend)

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THE WALKMEN SIGN TO BELLA UNION
Bella Union has signed New York indie band The Walkmen and will release their sixth album, 'Lisbon', later this year, it has been announced.

The band's frontman Hamilton Leithauser explained that trips to the Portugese city from which the album takes its title were a great influence on its sound: "None of us had ever been there, and we were really blown away by the place. The topography and architecture are stunningly handsome. It was a trip that outshone a lot of others. We've never had much luck in Europe, and the Portuguese were surprisingly accommodating. I think those two trips really helped keep us motivated while making this record. We named the record 'Lisbon' as sort of a thank you and a small tribute".

A track from the album, 'Stranded', is available as a free download now from www.marcata.net/walkmen/news.html

According to Leithauser, 'Stranded' is the only track which remains from the album's original recording sessions, prior to their first jaunt to Portugal. He said: "Early on, we had a whole batch of songs based on this New Orleans-style horn playing that [guitarist] Paul [Maroon] was working on. The track 'Stranded' is the only one that actually ended up making the album though. I think it was maybe the second song we wrote for 'Lisbon', so it sort of exemplifies our sound from two years ago".

'Lisbon' is due for release on 11 Oct.

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FULL TIME HOBBY TO RELEASE NEW COMPILATION
Indie label Full Time Hobby has announced that it will release a new compilation showcasing its current roster next month. Entitled 'Hobbyism', the album features artwork from Manchester-based designer Christopher Nieri, who saw off nearly 1000 competitors in a competition run in collaboration with clothing label Firetrap earlier this year.

Here's the tracklisting for the compilation:

Erland & The Carnival - My Name Is Carnival
School Of Seven Bells - Babelonia
Micah P Hinson - 2's and 3's
Tunng - It Breaks
Malcolm Middleton - Carry Me
Fujiya & Miyagi - Taiwanese Boots
The Leisure Society - We Were Wasted
White Denim - Mirrored & Reversed

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TINCHY STRYDER ANNOUNCES CHARITY SHOW
Tinchy Stryder has announced that he will play a one-off charity show in aid of Alicia Keys' charity Keep A Child Alive on 4 Nov at London's Shepherds Bush Empire. The pop hopper will be joined on stage by a variety of special guests, who will be revealed at a later date.

Stryder told CMU: "The work that Alicia Keys and Keep A Child Alive do to help those suffering with HIV/AIDS in Africa and India is very inspiring. I hope that by donating the proceeds from this gig I can help further their work".

The show will also coincide with the release of Tinchy's third album, 'Third Strike', the first single from which, 'In My System', is due out on 9 Aug via Island/4th & Broadway. Tickets for the show are available now.

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ANNOUNCE UK AND IRELAND TOUR
Scottish indie types Belle And Sebastian have announced their first tour of the UK and Ireland for four years, following their headline slot at last weekend's Latitude festival. The dates will sit either side of the band's reawakening of the Bowlie Weekender, which gave rise to the ATP festivals. Tickets for all shows go on sale on Friday.

Tour dates:

1 Dec: Belfast, Ulster Hall
3 Dec: Dublin, Union Canal Theatre
5 Dec: Gateshead, Sage
6 Dec: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
7 Dec: Manchester, Apollo
9 Dec: Bournemouth, Academy
11 Dec: ATP Bowlie 2 festival
14 Dec: Leicester, De Montfort Hall
16 Dec: Bristol, Colston Hall
21 Dec: Glasgow, Barrowlands

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MT DESOLATION ANNOUNCE FIRST TOUR
Mt Desolation, the band formed by Keane's main songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley and live bassist Jesse Quin have announced details of their first ever tour, which will take in the UK and Ireland in September, coinciding with the release of their eponymous debut album on 18 Sep. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Tour dates:

9 Sep: Belfast, Spring & Airbrake
10 Sep: Dublin, Whelans
12 Sep: Nottingham, Bodega
13 Sep: Birmingham, Glee Club
14 Sep: Newcastle, Academy 2
15 Sep: Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
16 Sep: Inverness, Hootanannys
17 Sep: Stornoway, Woodlands Centre
18 Sep: Loopallu Festival
19 Sep: Fort William, Watercolour Studio
21 Sep: Isle Of Mull, An Tobar
22 Sep: Dundee, Fat Sams
23 Sep: Aberdeen, The Tunnels
24 Sep: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25 Sep: Manchester, Deaf Institute
27 Sep: London, The Scala
28 Sep: Brighton, Ballroom

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

ELECTRIC PICNIC, Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois, Ireland, 3-5 Sep: Two Door Cinema Club, Robyn and Laura Marling have all been confirmed for this year's Electric Picnic, along with Fang Island, The Antlers, The Tallest Man On Earth and Chew Lips. www.electricpicnic.ie

LOOPALLU, Ullapool, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, 17-18 Sep: Mt Desolation head up the latest batch of acts announced to play at this year's Loopallu. Also added to the line-up are Aberfeldy and Skerryvore, joining the previously announced Idlewild, Turin Brakes and Silver Columns. www.loopallu.co.uk

RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, 4-8 Aug: The Ghost Of A Thousand and Devil Sold His Soul head up the latest acts added to the Relentless Boardmasters line-up, along with Yellow Wire, The Spree, Sam Naylor, Jake Butler and Ellie Lawson. www.relentlessboardmasters.com

RHYTHM FESTIVAL, Twinwood Arena, Clapham, Bedfordshire, 20-22 Aug: Neil Innes, The Dualers and Ed Tudor Pole have all been confirmed to play at next month's Rhythm Festival, along with Gary Fletcher, Mick Thomas & Michael Barclay, Earth Prayer and Big 10. www.rhythmfestival.net

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LIVE REVIEW: Tokyo Police Club at The Scala in London on 15 Jul
Ontario shouty-jangly-keyboardy-indie-types Tokyo Police Club have got a lot to answer for. I've heard them been called everything from energetic and joyous to annoyingly poppy and mindbogglingly immature. Well, for what it's worth, I think they're flipping marvellous, and I vouch for the former; theirs is the type of music I listen to when I want to dance around like a mad thing, so get off your arse and stop being so miserable, okay?

Dance everyone did at their recent gig in London, and from the get-go - but dancing wasn't all that was shaking up the crowd that Thursday night. A mere ten minutes into their set - and directly behind yours truly - saw the scene of a raucous fight between two bratty young gentleman, causing everyone and their girlfriend to scream in horror as a security guard the size of an angry Tolkien troll dragged them off into the perilous darkness of whatever lies behind the bar. Stop the music? Everyone out? I don't think so, mister! The band played on like troupers, unhelpfully telling everyone to 'push each other happily' as they continued their set, a clever mish-mash of old classics and the catchier tunes off of their recently released LP, 'Champ'.

'Bambi', with its harsh electronic punches and easily sung-along lyrics was a crowd favourite, but of course 'Tesselate' and the encore tune 'Cheer It On' were what really sent the young crowd into a frenzy. I stress the word 'young' here, as, at a mere twenty-four years of age, I definitely felt like the oldest within the first couple of rows, yet besides that, the energy of the night felt uncategorically burgeoning, building in energy but maintaining a strong and messy sense of untamed juvenility.

In spite of a few technical mishaps in the ways of guitar straps slinging off and tambourines being thrown about like hot potatoes as the energy really crackled the band's nerves - and not to mention an inconveniently cunty crowd - the night brought back home the reality of Tokyo Police Club's popularity and true ability to spark and light fire to an eager room. TW

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FIAT TIE UP WITH FAITHLESS
Following their deal with Tesco, who exclusively sold their last album, Faithless have now entered into another brand partnership, this time with Fiat which, at least, alliterates. The partnership will cover the dance band's upcoming single releases and live activity, and will specifically see the band tied up with the car giant's Punto Evo car.

Fiat UK Marketing Director Elena Bernardelli told CMU: "Punto Evo is leading the way in innovation, so we were thrilled to get involved with another music initiative that reflected our forward-thinking approach. Faithless were the perfect collaboration for us due to their legendary status and creative approach to their work. Like us, they were really keen to develop a true collaboration where both parties had a positive impact on the creativity and production output of our joint work".

A statement from the band says: "We were really excited to be approached by Fiat to work together on some creative ideas and find new ways of reaching our fans".

More specifics of what the partnership will involve should be announced in due course.

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SWEDISH PIRATE PARTY SETS UP ISP
The Swedish Pirate Party has announced it is launching its own internet service provider company which will offer low cost net access, guaranteed privacy and, presumably, by implication at least, an assurance that its customers won't be targeted by any copyright infringement action however much illegal content they download (ie they will never reveal a user's identity to a litigious content owner). Whether they'll be able to make good on that last promise if and when the copyright owners take them to court we don't know. Called PirateISP, the new service will initially launch in the city of Lund in the south of Sweden.

The Swedish Pirate Party's announcement follows a prediction by the UK version of the anti-copyright organisation that there will be a gap in the market for smaller 'pirate-friendly' ISPs in the UK because the three-strike obligations being placed on net firms by the Digital Economy Act will not initially apply to smaller internet providers. Current proposals say that ISPs with less than 400,000 users will initially be exempt from the three-strikes system.

The party's Andrew Robinson told eWEEK Europe: "If this strange arbitrary limit does come into effect, we expect existing ISPs will react by splitting and regrouping to take advantage of the cost savings and customer benefits of being smaller, so we can look forward to having a wide range of Pirate ISPs in this country, without the party having to set one up!"

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GOOGLE HIRE SERVICES OF LABEL NEGOTIATOR
Speculation that Google is prepping a full on digital music service continues to gain momentum, this week aided by the news the web firm has hired the services of Elizabeth Moody. According to Billboard, Moody is a lawyer who specialises in digital licensing, and who has been involved in negotiations with record labels of behalf of other digital firms in her previous job with law firm Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes.

This presumably means Google is about to enter into talks with the majors regarding licensing their music. The web giant's previous dabblings in music haven't required any such deals, the most recent one - OneBox - taking streams from MySpace Music and therefore operating under their licences.

It's not currently clear if Moody will become a staff member at Google, or if her services have been hired on a retainer basis.

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PRESENTERS TO RETURN TO NME RADIO
Voices, you know, human voices, speaking like, will return to NME Radio in September, following a deal between the magazine's publishers IPC and radio firm Town & Country.

As previously reported, NME Radio basically went off the air last month after the company who ran it, DX Media, told IPC the project was no longer commercially viable. Presenter-led shows went off the air immediately, and since then the NME radio channel has been paying back-to-back music. But presenters should reappear in September thanks to a deal with Town & Country, who own Welsh new music and rock station Nation Radio, which took over from Xfm South Wales back in 2008.

Confirming the new arrangement, NME Publishing Director Paul Cheal, told CMU yesterday: "There has been a fantastic groundswell of support from listeners, the radio industry, record labels and artists to find a way to keep NME Radio on air. We're pleased to be working with an established broadcaster that has successfully developed Nation Radio into one of the UK's fastest-growing stations and we are both committed to making NME Radio an even better service".

Town & Country big cheese Jason Bryant said: "NME is an iconic national music brand. We are delighted to be working with IPC to deliver a radio station for listeners who want a credible alternative listen and for advertisers who want to reach an attractive young audience profile".

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NO BOOZE ON TAKE THAT TOUR
Take That will ban all booze backstage on their next tour, the one including Robbie. Although the Robster likes a drink or three, the alcohol ban is presumably for Mark Owen's benefit, to help him overcome his previous boozy ways.

Now, if only management can keep the wannabe one-night stands away from Mark, ensure Robbie doesn't have any alien experiences while on the road, and hide all the pies from Gary, everyone will be able to concentrate on the show.

Do people still do pie gags in connection to Gary Barlow? If not, consider that one a nostalgic look down memory lane to celebrate the full reformation of Take That.

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