An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 10 October 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: The recently launched IP Crime Unit of the City Of London Police has already got busy targeting file-sharing services that enable rampant copyright infringement, sending letters to said services' domain registrars urging them to suspend domains used by the allegedly offending sites... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: First shaped in 2009, France-based Lio and Marie Limiñana's extra-marital sideline - The Limiñanas – made of with a whole lot of classic pop modes via their 2010 eponymous debut and its 2012 follow-on 'Crystal Anis'. The now-trio have always leant heavily on the bank of the 1960s psych 'chanson'... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES New IP Crime Unit targeting domain registrars of file-sharing sites
DEALS Kobalt to represent Badfinger catalogue
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Tattersfield's new label venture to be distributed by Warner's ADA
ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Glasgow Independent Label Market launching on Saturday
LIVE BUSINESS Sankeys extends to NYC
BRANDS & MERCH Beats' Blurred Lines ad OK with ASA, but only after 7.30pm
Union J to change name
Band-brand partnerships firm Vision Artists allies with W Communications
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Samsung stages intimate gigs to showcase ticketing app
MEDIA Absolute made loss in 2012, but improvement on 2011
ARTIST NEWS Pete Doherty makes blackmail claims over 'private' Kate Moss tapes
RELEASES Release round-up: New Eminem video, Broken Bells LP trailer and a THEESatisfaction mixtape
GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival line-up update: Eurosonic Noorderslag, Sonar Reykjavik, Freeze
AWARDS Yoko Ono made Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík
AND FINALLY... No rock n pop legends post 1984, says Simmons
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New IP Crime Unit targeting domain registrars of file-sharing sites
The recently launched IP Crime Unit of the City Of London Police has already got busy targeting file-sharing services that enable rampant copyright infringement, sending letters to said services' domain registrars urging them to suspend domains used by the allegedly offending sites. According to Torrentfreak, key domains used by services like SumoTorrent, MisterTorrent and ExtraTorrent have already been affected.

Although now being led by the IP Crime Unit, the new batch of letters follows work already undertaken by the City Of London Police earlier this year, in which stern letters were sent to the operators of UK-based file-sharing services threatening them with legal action, and possibly prosecution, if they did not contact the authorities to discuss their activities. Some complied with that order, though many ignored it.

This time the police are targeting the domain registrars of the services, which manage the domain names the file-sharing operations use. One domain registrar, easyDNS, has revealed some of the content of the letter, which warns the domain name firms that their clients are likely breaching both copyright law and the UK's Serious Crime Act, and could be the subject of future action. The letter also cites each domain company's own T+Cs regarding illegal sites, and the rules of global domain names body ICANN.

While some registrars have complied with the wishes of the police letter and diverted domains formally used by file-sharing services to an official police notice (endorsed by various entertainment industry trade bodies), easyDNS has so far refused to act, noting that the police letter does not constitute a court order and - while it's pretty clear that most of the services being targeted are almost certainly liable for at least authorising infringement - surely a judge rather than the police should order domain blocks.

easyDNS CEO Mark Jeftovic has blogged about the police letter, asking: "Who decides what is illegal? What makes somebody a criminal? Given that the subtext of the request contains a threat to refer the matter to ICANN if we don't play along, this is a non-trivial question. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought it was something that gets decided in a court of law, as opposed to 'some guy on the internet' sending emails. While that's plenty reason enough for some registrars to take down domain names, it doesn't fly here".

The IP Crime Unit is yet to respond to the concerns of Jeftovic and others. Where domain firms do not immediately comply, court action may well follow that will ultimately result in the websites being blocked anyway (or, as actually happens, having to shift to a new domain likely managed by a registrar outside the UK). And part of the purpose of having a specialist police unit for IP crime was to speed up what can take years when pursued through the civil courts.

Though websites getting blocked without an actual court order is always going to be controversial, and could damage the credibility of the IP Crime Unit and the entertainment industry trade bodies it is allied to.

Kobalt to represent Badfinger catalogue
Following the flurry of new interest in Badfinger track 'Baby Blue' after its syncing into the finale episode of 'Breaking Bad' last month, Kobalt has announced a new deal to represent the publishing catalogue of the British rock band and one-time Beatles collaborators, who split in 1984, via agreements with the estates of principal songwriters Peter Ham and Thom Evans.

Kobalt will now represent the respective catalogues of Ham and Evans, previously handled by BMG, and will presumably look to capitalise on the renewed interest in the band following the crucial 'Breaking Bad' sync, which saw download sales and streams of 'Baby Blue' sore. The two songwriters themselves are sadly deceased, both having committed suicide, Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983.

Tattersfield's new label venture to be distributed by Warner's ADA
Outgoing Warner Music UK chief Christian Tattersfield has confirmed that he will continue to have an alliance with his current employer with the recent news that his new independent venture, the Good Soldier label, will work with the mini-major's Alternative Distribution Alliance division which will provide digital and physical distribution for all releases outside North America.

As previously reported, Tattersfield will exit his job atop the UK division of Warner next February, with his successor in the role, Max Lousada, already appointed co-CEO of the business. When confirming his departure last month Tattersfield said he was keen to return to more entrepreneurial projects, and that will centre on the new Good Soldier label, a spin-off from the existing Good Solider Songs music publishing company.

Confirming the hook up between Good Soldier and the Warner indie distribution business, ADA UK President Dan Chalmers told CMU: "Christian's track record for breaking great talent speaks for itself, so this is a very prestigious signing for us and testament to our ability to work with the cream of the indie community. I'm thrilled to continue to work with Christian and to welcome Good Soldier into ADA".

Meanwhile Tattersfield himself added: "I'm excited to return to my entrepreneurial roots with the launch of Good Soldier, and I'm delighted to be staying in the Warner family. I have a great admiration for Dan and his team. They really are the best in the business and genuinely care about great music. I've seen first-hand the extensive expertise in ADA, their impressive global infrastructure and the results they achieve when they get behind acts. I look forward to our partnership and to driving great success for new artists in the UK and beyond".

Glasgow Independent Label Market launching on Saturday
For anyone not aware, the more often London-based Independent Label Market is moving to a pitch in Scotland this Saturday (12 Oct), landing at Glasgow's Barras Art & Design Centre for one day only.

With the backing of Association Of Independent Music, the Scottish Music Industry Association and The Vinyl Factory, a host of labels and a couple of indie music stores - including Scottish enterprises like Chemikal Underground, Soma Records and Creeping Ben - will all trade vinyl and suchlike alongside live DJs and bands, a raffle drawn by Edwin Collins, and drinks on tap thanks to Song, By Toad's 'Beer v Records' initiative.

Additional info and a list of all participating labels/shops are available via this link.

Sankeys extends to NYC
J-Biebs' favourite nightclub franchise, Sankeys, has confirmed it'll take over a new space in New York, this in addition to its site in Ibiza. Located in Manhattan, the two-room Sankeys NYC will launch with a scary, lary All Hallows party on 31 Oct, broadcasting noise via "the world's first hydraulic LED Grid Matrix system".

Sankeys MD David Vincent exclaims: "I have always wanted to live and open a club in my favourite city in the world since I went to Vinyl to see Danny Tenaglia in the early 2000s. If we can achieve even half what the great clubs like Sound Factory, Paradise Garage and Tunnel did for the city then I will be more than happy".

As previously reported, Sankeys closed its branch in original home-town Manchester back in May. But, on a more positive note for British clubbers, if this 'subtle' Facebook clue is to be trusted, Sankeys will be doing something or other (or opening a club) in London soon.

Beats' Blurred Lines ad OK with ASA, but only after 7.30pm
So, as you may have noticed, the Beats company has been promoting its Pill speaker range with an advert based around Robin Thicke's controversial summer hit 'Blurred Lines'; perhaps market research showed that rapists were a good target demographic for overpriced speaker products.

The ad is very similar to the video for Thicke's hit, albeit the version where the models, who apparently know they want it, are not topless.

But nevertheless, the revealing outfits said models wear and the sexually suggestive poses they adopt in the ad, not to mention the theme of the song (at least in its entirety, the reworked lyrics in the advert itself don't actually say much), led to 97 people complaining to the Advertising Standards Authority after the commercial appeared on British TV channels.

Some complainers expressed concerns about children being exposed to the ads, while others claimed the commercial was demeaning to women. For their part, Beats said that the women in their advert were "strong individuals" who were "not subservient to the male character" (aka the still highly slappable Thicke).

The electronics firm added that the commercial showed their product being used in "strong, playful" ways that "most viewers would not see as having any sexual connotation". Presumably they told the ASA all this in writing, so we don't know whether Beats' reps could really keep a straight face while making that particular claim.

Though the ASA has decided that the ad doesn't actually breach its rules (and, to be fair, divorced from the original video and the controversy that surrounded it, the ad in itself isn't that controversial), but said that it should not be broadcast before 7.30pm, when the little ones will all be safely asleep in bed.

Elsewhere in Beats news, the firm's long-anticipated streaming service should go live in "the next few months", according to the company's COO Luke Wood, who spoke to The Next Web. That'll presumably launch with a sexual-connotation-free advertising campaign as well, probably involving Miley Cyrus humping a cement mixer.


Union J to change name
In the ultimate in Faustian band-brand sell-outs, 'X-Factor' boy-quartet Union J have arranged to change their name in order to promote a video game. A Pokemon video game.

For this coming Saturday only, aka the day 'Pokemon X And Pokemon Y' hits shops, Union J will switch their Twitter title to Union XY, a move they claim is "cool", "amazing" and "a natural fit". And then on Sunday they'll switch it back, probably. Presumably Twitter are on board here, so that someone can't swoop in while the pop group are busy flogging video games and nick the pop act's usual Tweet handle.

Speaking at a press call (whilst dressed like this), the band's George Shelley, who apparently had this idea in the first place, said: "We've completely collaborated with doing the logo and everything. We've always loved Pokemon and it was a massive part of my childhood, I'm hooked on it. When I was telling the rest of the band how excited I was about playing 'Pokemon X & Pokemon Y', the idea to change our name just came to me. It's cool to be part of the game in some way, it feels like a natural fit".


Band-brand partnerships firm Vision Artists allies with W Communications
PR firm W Communications has announced a new alliance with band-brand partnerships firm Vision Artists that will see the creation of a new division at the former, called WVA, that will specialise in working with brands on music-based marketing campaigns. WVA will be led by W's Kim Machray and VA's Ronnie Traynor, who previously collaborated on managing Groove Armada's high profile alliance with Barcardi.

Commenting on the new business, Traynor told CMU: "Instead of brands creating ideas and then trying to get artists to fit into them, they should be working together to find ways in which they can help each other. Talent must be integrated at the inception of a campaign idea, rather than the last people to be called on as part of the execution".

Meanwhile W Founder Warren Johnson added: "With more than £100m spent by brands on music last year, now is the time to take a much more considered approach to these partnerships. We're confident that our hugely complementary and best-in-class skill sets are going to provide brands and talent alike with greater engagement and revenue opportunities".

Samsung stages intimate gigs to showcase ticketing app
Samsung has announced a new music programme called Galaxy Studio Live which will utilise a Samsung Smart Ticket app, a digital platform that aims to improve the ticketing experience for fans, as well as offering punters access to exclusive content related to the gig and artists a closer connection to their audiences. Oh, and it'll make the users' phones light up during the gig, a bit like the Coldplay wristbands.

The campaign will feature four intimate gigs by, respectively, Biffy Clyro (28 Oct, GLive, Guildford), Laura Mvula (13 Nov, Under the Bridge, Chelsea), Bullet For My Valentine
(27 Nov, Cambridge Junction) and Bastille (20 Nov, Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush). Access to the gigs will be via the Samsung app.

Simon Stanford, VP IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland told CMU: "Samsung is committed to using technology innovations to improve the live music experience for fans and artists. The Samsung Galaxy Studio Live features some of the UK's top artists playing at some of the best live music venues around, with the experience for both artists and fans enhanced through Samsung's mobile technology".

Meanwhile artist manager Brian Message, Chairman of the Music Manager's Forum but invited to this party because his firm ATC Management manages Laura Mvula, welcomed the initiative as follows: "At the MMF we have believed for a while that the smartphone is the key music device of the future. Market penetration is sufficiently high and the devices have widespread support from both the traditional and emerging music businesses".

Focusing on the potential of mobile ticketing, he went on: "Electronic concert ticketing is widely accepted as a great idea and, not least, as one of the means of tackling the much-publicised problems related to un-regulated secondary ticketing. It is great to see the largest smartphone manufacturer Samsung take the initiative with a technology which also enhances the most important relationship in music, that between artist and fan. We look forward to Smart Tickets becoming as natural to buying a concert ticket as downloads have become to buying recordings".

Absolute made loss in 2012, but improvement on 2011
Absolute Radio made a pre-tax loss of £2.5 million in 2012, latest company accounts show, after a year that started well but became more challenging in later months. Though the losses were still down 37.4% on the previous year, so that's something. Revenues were pretty much the same in 2012 as in 2011.

The firm's CFO Adrian Robinson told MediaWeek: "2012 was a year of two halves, as they say at football matches. The Olympics affected most media organisations in some way. We had a buoyant first half, which collapsed in the second half. A feature of being one of the smaller stations, you tend to be able to outperform when the market is rising and struggle more when the market is struggling".

As previously reported, Bauer Media acquired the national rock station earlier this year. According to Radio Today, rather than moving Absolute into its existing offices, Bauer is planning to move its other London-based radio stations into Absolute's Golden Square base once the acquisition is complete.

  Approved: The Limiñanas
First shaped in 2009, France-based Lio and Marie Limiñana's extra-marital sideline - The Limiñanas – made of with a whole lot of classic pop modes via their 2010 eponymous debut and its 2012 follow-on 'Crystal Anis'.

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Still on that same heavy lean, the band will release a third LP, 'Costa Blanca', via Chicago label Trouble In Mind on 18 Nov, and as an appetiser to that they have shared a track titled 'My Black Sabbath', which is a way away from Ozzy, less so from Serge, and nearer to the band’s stab at real, distinct originality.

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Pete Doherty makes blackmail claims over 'private' Kate Moss tapes
Pete Doherty says he is being blackmailed by a "friend" claiming to have private tapes featuring Doherty and his ex girlfriend Kate Moss, with whom he split in 2007. The slight problem is, he doesn't remember what's on the videos.

Writing via his blog, Letters To Albion, the one-time Libertine says: "Must find necessary funds to pay him off and retrieve all the footage he has of days at Kate's house years ago. The shame of having to pay off a friend is not as great as the shame of having the tabloids get hold of any private stuff. It's the one thing remaining that retains me any worth in their smutty eyes".

And: "Terrible feeling. Curious too to know what he has after all these years of winding me up, baiting me with said 'ticker-tape tapes'".

Release round-up: New Eminem video, Broken Bells LP trailer and a THEESatisfaction mixtape
Hey, there's a new Eminem video on the scene, and I bet you'd like to see it. Representing the 'Berserk' MC's new non-single 'Survival', an integral track on his not-yet-released 'The Marshal Mathers LP 2', the vid's 'explicit' version is free to be experienced (by over 18s only) here. Meanwhile the 'The Marshal Mathers LP 2' I mentioned there will hit the shelves on 4 Nov.

Winding the pace back post-Marshall and switching over to Broken Bells, can I quickly present the new 'teaser' clip for the pair's fresh-detailed new LP 'After The Disco'. It hints at a track from said album which the band (aka Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer) are releasing in January 2014, so why not watch it whilst you wait?

And finally, having seemingly separated from Sub Pop - who signed off on their first LP 'awE naturalE' last year - Shabazz Palaces-collaborators THEESatisfaction are self-releasing a new eight-track record titled 'And That's Your Time'. It's available now, on sale or on loan, via Bandcamp.

Festival line-up update: Eurosonic Noorderslag, Sonar Reykjavik, Freeze
So, 2014's sold-out Glastonbury has re-opened its ticket registration lines to allow disappointed festival fans the chance to bid futilely for returns. Make a play for passes, if only for a laugh, at

In less hopeless festival news, Holland's not-sold out Eurosonic Noorderslag has confirmed the first acts playing the live side of its part-showcase-fest, part-convention in January. Discover which acts exactly as you also take stock of the latest additions at the Acoustic Festival Of Britain, winter EDM fest Freeze and Sonar's Reykyavik arm.

ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN, Utoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire, 31 May - 2 Jun: Fairport Convention, Steve Harley, Tir Na Nog, The Animals, Quill, The Ben Waters Band, Marcus Bonfanti, Ian Prowse, Polly And The Billets Doux, The Ukulele Theatre, Tracie Hunter & The Rebelles, Arthur Kitchener, James Warren, Dan Walsh, Adam Palma, BarlowCree & Shae Maunders, Wildfire Folk, Sons Of Clogger, Richard Taylor, Pelico, Daisy Chain Quartet.

EUROSONIC NOORDERSLAG, Groningen, Netherlands, 15-18 Jan 2014: Bondax, The Strypes, Kate Boy, Fauve, Ja, Panik, Coely, Vismets, Siluet, Deaths, Shiny Darkly, Winny Puhh, Noah Kin, Claire, Exclusive, Anna And The Barbies, The Vintage Caravan, Luca Sapio, Say Yes Dog, Mahagon, Kensington, Mister And Mississippi, Emilie Nicolas, KAMP!, Richie Campbell, Kostrok, Jenny Wilson, The Animen, Kadebostany.

FREEZE FESTIVAL, Clapham Common, Lambeth, 27 Nov - 1 Dec: DJ Fresh, The Cuban Brothers.

SONAR REYKYAVIK, Harpa Concert House, Reykjavik, Iceland, 13-15 Feb 2014: Major Lazer, Daphni, Hjaltalín, Sykur, Sometime, Kölsch.

Yoko Ono made Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík
Yoko Ono has been made an Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík, which might not sound that impressive, but only four other people have ever been given the honour, and they were all native to Iceland. The award has been presented in part in recognition of Ono's decision to build a memorial to her late husband John Lennon, the Imagine Peace Tower, near the Icelandic capital. The monument (a tower of light) opened in 2007.

Confirming the Honorary Citizen accolade, Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr told reporters: "With her outstanding work Yoko Ono has pointed the light of peace to Reykjavík. It is therefore a great honour to award her with the title honorary citizen of Reykjavík. Yoko's contribution to peace and human rights issues in the world is unique. Imagine Peace Tower has been immensely valuable for Reykjavík. The LennonOno Grant For Peace ceremony also is now held biennially in Reykjavík. We have the wish that the city be permanently lit as a city of peace and human rights".

On receiving the honour, Ono said: "Thank you for making me an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. It is indeed a great honour. It gives me an immense encouragement to continue doing good work. John and I believed in Nutopia, which would make all of us citizens of the world. But inside the world, there is a land of our hearts that is shining with warmth, truth and beauty called Iceland. Each time I visit the land, I am reminded of what is essential and therefore most important in life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being you".

No rock n pop legends post 1984, says Simmons
Just in case you wondered, there have been no 'music legends' since 1984. It's official. In that Gene Simmons has spoken. Asked about truly legendary music folk by Team Rock Radio, Simmons said the list of rock n pop legends (which conveniently includes his band Kiss) pretty much ended in the middle of the 1980s.

Said Simmons: "Let me see - Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and just on and on. And through the 70s, Aerosmith, Kiss, Led Zeppelin. Now from 1984 until today, name one superstar that's bigger than their music, and not just somebody that's recorded one or two records, but another Queen or another AC/DC? None, you can't name one".

And before you shout out "Cobain", or "Winehouse", you're forgetting they died too soon to be Simmons-approved legends. The Kiss man continued: "Kurt Cobain - no, that's one or two records. That's not enough. Amy Winehouse - that's one or two records. That's not enough. What, just cause you died, that makes you an icon? No, no".

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