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Terra Firma v Citigroup: Forensic accounting denied
RIAA site goes down following LimeWire win
Rihanna speaks about her Brown beating
In The Pop Courts
German courts fine file-sharer just 30 euros
Another plagiarism lawsuit for the Black Eyed Peas
Zutons man given community service
Reunions & Splits
Led Zep could have split up in 1977
Release News
Death Cab For Cutie's Gibbard pleased with new direction
Faithless deluxe release to get wider distribution
Gigs & Tours News
Take That sell tickets
Album review: Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern (Souterrain Transmissions)
Brands & Stuff
Free rehearsal space available for bands from Zippo
The Music Business
Domino launches new publishing venture
MAMA's Angel recruit Warehouse men for Global Gathering
The Digital Business
YouTube founder quits CEO role
The Media Business
BBC Radio boss non-committal about Moyles' future
IMP launches new website
And finally...
Tinie Tempah addresses Oxford Union
Mariah Carey confirms pregnancy
Naked Kanye West pictures finally surface

Last week I saw two of my favourite gigs of the year so far - Tinie Tempah and Warpaint - both may be relatively new on the scene, but they sure know how to put on a show. A great performer himself, Tinie was also helped out by most of the guest vocalists from his debut album (Kelly Rowland and Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso via video message), as well as Tinchy Stryder for a remix of 'Hello Good Morning' by Diddy-Dirty Money.

Warpaint, meanwhile, simply came out and played amazingly. I'd previously only seen them on a makeshift stage in a pub, so The Scala was a big step up, and let them show off their sound much better. All four are great musicians and vocalists, and the music was just beautiful. It was all a bit emotional really. Also, they dealt with a mid-song technical failure in the most unfazed manner I've seen in years, and without any disruption to the show. Let's hope this week brings some events this good.

01: TEDx Aldeburgh. Bringing classical and electronic music together, Faster Than Sound, the quirky end of the Aldeburgh Festival, a mainly classical music affair, is running a special TEDx event, a tie up with the global TED (tech, entertainment, design) idea sharing network, on 6 Nov at the Snape Malting base of the festival in Suffolk. At this event TED Music Director and acclaimed producer Thomas Dolby will host a day of talks, performances and discussions exploring ideas on the future of music. Amongst those joining him will be William Orbit, David Toop, Louis Lortie and Imogen Heap.

02: MTV EMA. This Sunday, MTV holds its annual European Music Awards, which this year is taking place in Madrid, and will form part of the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the launch of MTV Spain. Marina & The Diamonds has been put forward to represent the UK and Ireland in the Best New Act. Amongst those performing live will be Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Plan B and Bon Jovi, who will also pick up the first EMA Global Icon award.

03: CMU copyright training. It's the moment you've all been waiting for; this week sees the beginning of the latest season of CMU's acclaimed training seminars. First up is 'Music Rights - Inside & Out'. In it you'll learn everything you need to know about copyright law, licensing, monetising copyright, the fight against piracy and the future of the music rights industry. Well you would if all places weren't sold out. However, it will be back, and if you're hungry for training, next up is 'Promoting Music - Media, Social Media & More' on 17 Nov.

04: New releases. So, this week it's all old stuff made new. Surf City, who sound like an 80s Flying Nun band but aren't, release their debut album, 'Kudos', Let's Wrestle re-release their debut album, 'In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's', with a bonus disc, Domino releases Elliott Smith best of, 'An Introduction To Elliott Smith', and there are remix albums from The Temper Trap, Caribou and The Phenomenal Handclap Band. There's also the new single from The Good Natured, 'Be My Animal', which doesn't fit this pattern so well, but is a bit 80s-influenced.

05: Gigs. This week Lykke Li returns to London for the first time in ages for a one-off show at Heaven on Thursday, which annoyingly clashes with !!! and The Hundred In The Hands at Koko. Tinchy Stryder will also be in London for a charity show at the Shepherds Bush Empire. On tour this week are Paloma Faith, Foals, Chromeo, Edwyn Collins, Midlake and Cloud Control.

And that's your lot. If you hear about anything else happening this week, you are being lied to.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU
Katy B's back again with yet song about a night out in the club. Okay, that's not what all her tracks are about, but she does have a fair few on the subject (and she tackles it with smarter lyrics than most). While on her last single, 'Katy On A Mission', she was erupting into the room, this time around she's being forcibly ejected. Well, she will be if she carries on demanding the DJ plays one more song and refusing to leave. Luckily, she's got Ms Dynamite with her, who has a reasoned and forceful argument for the bouncers.

After being given the grimey dubstep treatment by Benga on 'Katy On A Mission', funky producer and Rinse FM stalwart Geeneus (who also produced her great cover of Inner City's 'Good Life') gives 'Lights On' a slicker touch, giving it the potential to be an even bigger hit than its predecessor - though, with a 13 Dec release date, it may get caught up in the Christmas number one rush. Whatever, I don't think there's any doubt that it will be hit. Or that Katy B will be a big name in 2011.


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Although some commentators have an inkling as to which way the Terra Firma v Citigroup trial will go, officially it is too soon to say who will win. However, what we do know is that, if Terra Firma is victorious, the company's favoured way for calculating damages will not be used.

We know that Terra Firma and top man, Gary 'The Guy' Hands, want billions in damages from Citigroup which, they claim, tricked them into buying EMI at an overly inflated price back in 2007. One way of calculating damages so that Terra Firma gets a particularly big pay day is to consider "lost profit" - ie had Terra Firma not invested in EMI, where might it have invested its money instead, and what profits might those investments have made?

Terra Firma's legal team had hoped to wheel out a so called 'forensic accountant', called Marianne DeMario, to speculate about such things in front of the jury hearing the case. But the judge in charge, Jed Rakoff, asked to hear said expert's evidence without the jury present last week, and ruled that her approach - which concluded Terra Firma would have made 4.4 billion euros in alternative investments - was too speculative to form part of the main trial.

Rakoff: "I will not allow her to testify about 'lost profits'. I think the process is speculative, and the methodology rather flawed".

However, DeMario will be allowed to testify before the jury on what she thinks would be 'fair market value damages', though Rakoff added that it would be for the jury to decide whether that approach was appropriate, or whether any system for calculating damages put forward by Citigroup's legal team was more appropriate.

As previously reported, even with the 'lost profits' approach rejected, Terra Firma could still push for a multi-billion damages payment, especially if there are grounds for punitive damages, which there will be if is ruled Citigroup was deliberately dishonest and behaved without morals.

The Terra Firma v Citigroup legal squabble enters its third week later today.

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No surprise here really, following its win in court against file-sharing website LimeWire last week, the website of the Recording Industry Association Of America went down on Friday after one of those very trendy Distributed Denial Of Service attacks, orchestrated by the online community behind the Operation Payback campaign, which has previously taken down the websites of various pro-copyright and/or anti-file-sharing organisations.

As previously reported, the US courts last week handed the RIAA the injunction it had long wanted that forced the Lime Group to stop distributing and supporting their file-sharing software. The injunction followed an earlier court ruling that said LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton were liable for the copyright infringement their technology enabled. The US record industry is now preparing to demand billions in damages.

The Anonymous group of pro-file-sharing types proposed 4pm Friday New York time for launching the DDoS attack, though according to Slyck.com, the RIAA site actually went down earlier than that, possibly because some Operation Payback supporters started swamping the trade body's site with traffic early, or because the RIAA's IT people decided to pre-empt the attack and take the site offline themselves.

It's not the first time the RIAA's site has been hit by a DDoS attack, the organisatoin being something of an obvious target for such activity. And the Operation Payback movement has been rather active of late when it comes to taking the websites of organisations they don't like offline. On one level such attacks are rather amusing, though on another - especially as they occur with increased frequency - they are also a little bit childish.

And while the RIAA possibly deserves such attention - we've probably criticised the US organisation more than anyone for its approach to tackling file-sharing over the last ten years - some other recent DDoS attacks have been less defensible.

As the UK's Intellectual Property Office pointed out, when its site was recently attacked the DDoS brigade were basically depriving British citizens of access to information they have a democratic right to see, and - while Kiss man Gene Simmons' recent comments about how the record industry should have sued every single file-sharer were clearly silly - by then taking his websites offline the Anonymous supporters were basically depriving him of his right to free of speech.

And given said campaigners would claim they are standing up for democracy and freedom of expression on the net, that seems rather hypocritical.

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Rihanna has spoken in more detail about her beating at the hands of popular R&B thug-meister Chris Brown following a pre-Grammy Awards party back in early 2009. She tells Marie Claire magazine in a new interview that she felt like "an empty vessel" after then boyfriend Brown beat her unconscious, but that with hindsight she feels the altercation has made her a better person, if only by abruptly ending her relationship with the pop star wife-beater.

She tells the magazine: "I couldn't have been the woman I am, the friend, or the sister or the artist, or the role model I am today if I didn't go through what I went through. It's scary; you just lose touch of everything that you love and everything that you would normally do; how you would dress or how you would say something. I needed that wake-up call in my life. That was the only way I would have gotten out of that relationship".

She adds that although her split from Brown was traumatic at the time, she quickly got over the ordeal. She continues: "I remember waking up one day and I knew I was over it. I didn't feel lonely. I felt like I wanted to get up and be in the world - that was a great, great feeling. Once you're back on your feet... if you ever make it back on your feet, that's the ultimate achievement".

Meanwhile, the pop thug himself also recently told reporters he was now in a different, more peaceful, happier place since the big beating up of Rihanna. Talking to reporters at a recent GQ event in New York, Brown said: "Everything's good, I'm definitely - me personally and mentally - I'm a great guy now. Definitely just a person who's promoting positivity all the time, so that's just me. New music coming real soon, I'm in the studio, back and forth, continuously, just having fun".

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The German courts recently provided a slight set back to the country's record industry, and their RIAA-style approach to tackling file-sharing (ie a sue-the-fans system, which Germany's labels have embraced more than most), by ruling that one guy guilty of online copyright infringement pay damages of, erm, 30 euros.

The record industry's lawyers had been pushing for damages of 600 euros, while previous sue-the-fan lawsuits have resulted in damages in the region of 1000 euros per track. But, according to TorrentFreak, the judge hearing this case deemed the record industry's damages demands were unreasonable and opted for something much more modest.

The court also knocked back attempts by the German record industry to make the defendant's father, who had been the bill-payer on the internet connection used for the file-sharing, also liable for copyright infringement. The actual file-sharer was just sixteen at the time of the file-sharing back in 2006.

It's not clear if this case could set any precedent for future file-sharing cases in Germany, or encourage those previously saddled with higher damages payouts to appeal. Certainly if 30 euro damages became the norm, it would make sue-the-fan litigation a pretty pointless option for German content owners.

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The Black Eyed Peas have yet another plagiarism lawsuit on their table. This time a Texas-based songwriter called Bryan Pringle says the R&B-slash-hip-slash-hop group's song 'I Gotta Feeling' rips off his track 'Take A Dive', a demo tape of which, he claims, he sent to the Peas' label Interscope.

The new lawsuit is being handled by the same legal firm as one filed earlier in the year by the musician Phoenix Phenom, who claims 'Boom Boom Pow' rips off her song 'Boom Dynamite'. That lawsuit was also re-filed with the court last week.

Both legal claims accuse the Black Eyed Peas of "a pattern and practice of intentional copyright infringement with respect to the unlawful copying of songs of unknown or lesser-known artists".

No comment as yet from the Peas.

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Zutons man Dave McCabe has been handed community service as a penalty for him breaking another man's nose in a run in outside a Liverpool club last February.

McCabe headbutted Peter Appleby after one of his friend's joked that the fur collar worn by the Zuton frontman's girlfriend made it look like she had a beard. Appleby said his only crime was laughing at the joke remark, though McCabe claimed he acted in self-defence after the victim and his mates surrounded him.

A jury rejected McCabe's self-defence claims in September, and last week a judge ordered him to perform 150 hours community service, pay his victim £1500 in compensation, and cover £3500 in court costs.

Confirming there would be no appeal, McCabe's lawyer says his client now regretted the whole incident, adding "it was an overreaction from this otherwise very decent man".

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Robert Plant has revealed that Led Zeppelin very nearly disbanded two years earlier than they did following the death of his five year old son from a lung infection in 1977. In an interview with the BBC, Plant says he was all set to quit rock n roll and become a teacher, but that John Bonham persuaded him to stay with the band.

Plant: "All of us had been thinking about what would happen next because the illusion had run its course. I'd already lost my boy and then you think, 'I really have to decide what to do'. I applied to become a teacher in the Rudolf Steiner education system. I was accepted to go to teacher training college in 1978. I was really quite keen to just walk".

Of course, the band did disband two years later anyway, following Bonham's untimely death in 1980. On that, Plant adds: "John had been incredibly supportive to me so to lose him, that was the end of any naivety. It was very evident that my last connection was severed. As far as strong affairs of the heart and a confederacy it was gone".

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Deathcab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard has told Spin he is happy with his band's upcoming album, which is always best I find. He also reckons the new long player could surprise fans, because of its new direction.

Gibbard: "It's not a guitar-based record, we've been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette. We're not adding guitars because people will be expecting them, I'm so proud of this album that at this point I don't care if people don't like it".

The new album is due out in early 2011.

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Good news for Faithless fans who refuse to walk through the doors of Tesco (perhaps you're supporters of my 'I hate you for stopping selling Cheshire cheese at your Shoreditch branch' campaign). The only slightly past it dance outfit have announced they will release a deluxe version of their last album 'The Dance' and sell it in all record shops - the original version was only available in physical form via the supermarket giant.

The new version of the album - called 'The Dance Never Ends' - will feature four new tracks and four videos, plus a new remix disc. It will be released by the band's own Nates Tunes label and be distributed by Essential.

A spokesman for the act's management ATC told CMU: "After the success of 'The Dance', and the subsequent demand from retail, we were resolved to release a deluxe remix edition in Q4 and to extend our retail distribution for this special format".

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Reps for those Take That chappies apologised on Friday as websites selling tickets to the group's 2011 tour all went a bit wobbly, though if a million people do all want tickets at exactly the same time there probably isn't a website in the world that won't have a bit of a fit.

Extra dates were quickly added to the stadium tour, which sees Robbie Williams rejoin the group, and despite all the rush and panic and hoo and haa, tickets are still available for some dates.

Commenting on all the many many tickets flying out of the door on Friday, the band issued a statement. I am assuming they all dictated this in perfect unison. Or possibly Gary and Robbie battled for control of the statement, while Mark delivered some nice harmonies and the other two danced. Here's what they said: "We are speechless, truly and utterly shocked. This is the most amazing news for all of us. To sell one million tickets in a day is mind blowing and we think we'll be in shock for a few days! We want to thank everyone who has bought tickets today and look forward to seeing them next year".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern (Souterrain Transmissions)
Marine Stern shreds. There's no other word for it. Super complex lattice-work guitar lines splatter over each of this record's ten tracks like so many arcs of technicolour jism.

Stern and her recurrent sticksman Zach Hill (formerly of Hella and, briefly, Wavves) have concocted an immensely enjoyable, freewheeling, wailing album of fretwank-genius layered over bludgeoning post-hardcore breakdowns that remind this listener at least of Drive Like Jehu jamming with Yngwie Malmsteen. 'Marnie Stern' is a genuine progression from her previous two albums: the songwriting has, allegedly, become more personal, more mature. Though this claim is hard to verify seeing as the vocals - tumultuous, caterwauling vocals - are buried in the mix.

It's difficult to describe the sheer physical effect Stern's guitar playing has; hyper, complicated melodies repeat and fold in on themselves, submerged under the weight of their own inventiveness. Hill's cymbals clash and roll in over the whips of sound Stern strangles from her instrument. It's to their credit that the music is never lost to pointless showing off; it's rare to hear an album that exudes this much fun and excitement without being overbearing.

Like Lightning Bolt's 'Wonderful Rainbow', Marnie Stern makes me wish I'd spent my teen years listening to brutally difficult metal rather than minimal techno. And anyone who knows me will understand what a big statement that is. It's an album that makes you stop, stare at the stereo and think, "fuck, yeah. FUCK YEAH!" A genuinely joyous experience. JAB.

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To coincide with an exhibition of work by iconic rock photographer Mick Rock at the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch, lighter people Zippo are offering up and coming bands free rehearsal space at the Neu Gallery just around the corner.

Bands selected will get free space, will be filmed for a Zippo podcast, and will get to stage a showcase performance for media types. And, given the link up with the Mick Rock exhibition, each band will also get a free professional photo shoot.

If you're a band who thinks they could benefit from this, you need to get your skates on. Send a 200-word email to zipporehearsalrooms@ideageneration.co.uk by the end of tomorrow (2 Nov) explaining why you should get use of the facility. You should also include a photo and a link to your MySpace profile.

The exhibition, also supported by Zippo, will run from 11 Nov to 16 Jan. More info at gallery.ideageneration.co.uk

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Domino Records is launching a publishing company. But that doesn't mean what you think it means. No, the label already has one of those publishing companies. But not one of these.

You keeping up? Domino Records has announced that it is launching a book publishing company (you see, it's not a music publishing venture). I think the new business, to be called The Domino Press, will focus on music-themed books.

Certainly the first release will be a tour diary type thing by folky man James Yorkston in which "the reader experiences the never ending highs and lows of pubs, clubs and theatres and the endless disorientations on the merry go round of live touring". That'll be out at the start of February.

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The Angel Music Group - the clubbing company owned by HMV's MAMA Group - has announced the recruitment of two new programmers to work on their Global Gathering festival. The new recruits are Sam Kandel and Rich McGinnis, the North West-based club promoters behind ventures such as Chibuku Shake Shake and the Warehouse Project. The duo will continue to work on their own projects as well as taking on a role within Global Gathering.

Angel Music Group CEO James Algate told CMU: "I'd like to welcome Sam and Rich to Angel Music and to MAMA. I know they're going to make a tremendous contribution to the festival alongside our current team of programmers, which is already one of the best in the business. These guys are renowned for their imaginative approach and fresh thinking, and, having just celebrated a glorious decade of Global Gathering, I can't think of a better way to begin the cycle of the next ten years by having them on board with us".

In a joint statement, Kandel and McGinnis themselves said: "We see this as a really fantastic opportunity to work on what has, for the last ten years, been one of the dates in the summer calendar for dance music fans around the country. We're very excited by what lies ahead and by the prospect of working alongside James and his team at Angel Music".

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YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley has stepped down from the CEO role at the video-sharing website, handing over the job to Salar Kamangar, a former VP at parent company Google.

Hurley says he will continue to work for the video site in an advisory capacity, but wanted to step back from his day-to-day role there to concentrate on other projects. Speaking at a conference in Dublin, he said: "Right now I am in the process of transitioning into the role of adviser, stepping down, still being involved in the company, but it's given me an opportunity to work on new projects. We were lucky enough to find Salar, who was one of the founders of [Google] AdWords. He is responsible for the whole thing. For me he was someone who was going to be able to drive the business".

At the same conference, Hurley said he thought traditional advertising would go into terminal decline as internet TV and radio became the norm, with brands looking to sponsor and "own" whole programmes - on all platforms - rather than having promo slots that appear between shows.

According to The Guardian, he told the conference: "I think you will see a point where the traditional model of advertising on TV or advertising online will go and advertisers will cover one programme, no matter what platform it's being broadcast on. You'll see the same ads whether you are watching it on your TV, your computer or your phone".

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Want more speculation that Chris Moyles will leave the Radio 1 breakfast show when his current contract expires next year? Well, why not read something into comments made by BBC radio chief Tim Davie during an interview on 5Live last week?

Asked about Moyles's future with the nation's favourite, Davie said: "I want to keep him on the BBC, he is in contract, that's what he's doing".

Asked for clarification, and whether Moyles would still be on Radio 1 in two years time, the BBC exec twice said: "I hope he will be working with the BBC", before adding: "You know as well as I do that I wouldn't talk about people's plans and what network they are going to be on. I will give you the company line - he is doing a great job and he is staying at the BBC".

As much previously reported, many reckon Moyles will quit - or be pushed out of - Radio 1 breakfast next year and that it will be hard to find the presenter a new slot on the BBC network, despite his current show still having impressive (if declining) audience figures. Many reckon a move back to commercial radio is likely, though Global Radio has denied rumours it is talking to him about a gig on the new look Capital FM when it launches nationwide next year.

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The people behind the previously reported Independent Music Podcast - Gareth Main of Bearded Magazine and Anthony Chalmers of God Don't Like It - will today launch a new website to accompany and complement their regular cross-genre podcast.

The duo explain: "It is designed that every day at 10am, there will be something interesting to listen to/watch - whether that be some serious chin stroking muso stuff, or a track from the new Adam & Joe 'Song Wars' album. It might even be an old jazz number (as played on this week's podcast), or it might be expanding something we discussed on that week's podcast. In all, we want people who are at work to get in, clear their inbox, then log on to IndependentMusicPodcast.com to listen to something they might love or hate, but will know is different from yesterday's track (we want people who don't work to listen too, but they can log on after they've woken up)".

The new site is at: www.independentmusicpodcast.com

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Tinie Tempah became the latest pop type to speak to the Oxford Union last night, with student types expected to line up to ask him questions about his rapid rise to fame. Ahead of the event, a spokesperson for the union, Ash Sangha, said: "Tinie's rise to fame has been meteoric and his rise is a powerfully uplifting tale of ambition, of determination and of chasing your dream all the way. We cannot wait to have him speak here".

Although the Oxford Union is better known for hosting speeches from writers, thinkers and big political names - both Winston Churchill and Ronald Regan spoke there - it does have occasional populist bookings. Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Courtney Love have all spoken in the past.

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As Jay-Z went around denying the latest 'Beyonce is pregnant' rumours last week, Mariah Carey confirmed on American TV that she is expecting.

In the same interview with Access Hollywood, Carey also revealed she had suffered a miscarriage not long after marrying husband Nick Cannon in 2008, adding: "It's been tough, because I have been trying to hold on to a shred of privacy. At this point, there is no choice. I either talk or I hibernate".

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Those revealing pictures of Kanye West that have been gossiped about of late have finally appeared on the net, though the ones I've seen have the rapper's cock censored out, not that I was looking or anything. The two photos were posted by MediaTakeOut on Friday, and fit the description of previous reports regards partially nude snaps being shopped around.

As previously reported, it's claimed West took the photos himself and sent them to various women he met through social networks, leading many to wonder how it took so long for them to surface online. I'd give you a link to the photos now, but you're not interested in such things, are you?

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