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Monday 28 Jul 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: An official from the US Department Of Justice last week told Congress that the penalty for operating an illegal streaming operation should be reclassified from the current misdemeanour level to a felony, because infringing streaming sites are becoming one of the most serious threats to the copyright industries. It's worth noting that David Bitkower, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Lost Midas is the moniker for Boston born Jason Trikakis, now a resident of LA, who releases his debut LP on Tru Thoughts, 'Off The Course', this week. As a drummer leaning towards hip hop, he has now turned producer, citing as influences artists as varied as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Claude Debussy, Boards Of Canada and J Dilla. 'Off The Course' is meant to be a sonic guided tour of his home city since... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES US official suggests providing unlicensed streams become a felony
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LEGAL Sunde says prison bosses must let him speak to file-sharing priest
Sony proposes settlement to PSN hack litigation
West wins Coinye West case by default
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Tedder and Williams sign to Azoff's new performing rights agency
Universal's Globe announces new composer alliance for ad sector
New bosses for Universal's UK catalogue division
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RELEASES Ozzy Osbourne releasing mad solo compilation
Light In The Attic releasing 'lost' Lewis LP
Franz Ferdinand tell Late Night Tales via new mix LP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Against Me! to headline winter shows
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AND FINALLY... Stop the N-Dubz reunion rumours, says Fazer
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BUCKS MUSIC GROUP - LICENSING MANAGER (MATERNITY COVER)
Maternity cover required for leading independent music publisher in W8. Bucks Music Group Limited is an international and independent music publisher, whose core business evolved from a strong 60s and 70s back catalogue of copyrights including classic songs 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 'Space Oddity' and 'She' as well as much loved TV themes such as 'The Professionals' and 'Black Beauty'.

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9PR is looking for a Head Of Online. Our current clients include Royksopp and Robyn, Abbey Road Studios, Boys Noize, Dr Meaker, Spank Rock, Chilly Gonzales, Dena, Underworld, Gary Numan, Vitalic, Saint Etienne, Grace Jones, Vashti Bunyan and The Orb.

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[PIAS] UK - PRODCUTION COORDINATOR
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!K7 - LABEL MANAGER
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MACHINE MANAGEMENT - DAY-TO-DAY ARTIST MANAGER
Machine Management is looking for an experienced day-to-day Artist Manager to join the management team. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with minimum 2-3 years' experience to develop in this very busy and internationally focused role. Based in offices in East London, the position will be working primarily with one of the company's biggest talents, is very much a 24/7 role and will involve some travel.

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ESSENTIAL MUSIC & MARKETING - LABEL MANAGER
For ten years, Essential Music & Marketing has been at the forefront of the evolving distributor and label services models for releasing music. We are seeking a highly motivated Label Manager to join our growing team.

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JAZZ CAFE - FOOD & BARS MANAGER
MAMA & Company is seeking a Food & Bars Manager for the Jazz Café in London. The purpose of the role is to all aspects of the bars operation of the building, assist in all aspects of food operation within the kitchen and restaurant.

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MARATHON ARTISTS - COMMUNITY MANAGER
Marathon Artists is seeking a Community Manager to work across all the label's socials and websites. The successful candidate will be able to engage and start conversations with Marathon and our band's communities, and will send weekly reports to the team. The candidate will also need experience setting a social calendar and strategy for the label across all digital platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google+

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - GENERAL MANAGER, O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
Academy Music Group is recruiting for a General Manager at London's O2 Academy Islington. Candidates should have at least three years' experience of live and club venue management.

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US official suggests providing unlicensed streams become a felony
An official from the US Department Of Justice last week told Congress that the penalty for operating an illegal streaming operation should be reclassified from the current misdemeanour level to a felony, because infringing streaming sites are becoming one of the most serious threats to the copyright industries.

It's worth noting that David Bitkower, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DoJ's Criminal Division, was talking about the criminal dimension of copyright, where the state prosecutes rather than affected copyright owners pursuing civil litigation. Generally copyright infringement only becomes a crime when pursued on an industrial level for profit, so traditionally it applied to the CD bootlegging factories.

In the digital domain, those operating unlicensed download or streaming platforms for profit might fall into this category too. Though, as seen in countless cases over the last fifteen years, it may be less clear cut when the online operator facilitates rather than undertakes the infringing activity. Meanwhile in the US, even when infringement is considered a criminal matter, there has been a distinction between download and streaming set-ups.

The distinction stems from how copyright law defines streaming, which has been a moot point since streaming services started to go mainstream. American criminal law, it seems, deems that streaming services exploit the 'performance right' of the copyright, rather than the true copy or mechanical right, which download stores undeniably utilise. Of course, mechanical copies do also occur in the streaming process, albeit temporarily.

Anyway, US copyright law treats the infringement of performance rights as only a misdemeanour, but mechanical rights as a felony. However, as sites selling advertising and subscriptions around infringing streaming content become a major issue for the copyright industries, Bitkower reckons the more serious level of crime should be applied to streaming as well.

Or so he told the House Judiciary Committee in Washington last week, according to Billboard.

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Join CMU live at The Roundhouse tomorrow night
The biggest news stories in the music industry month just gone will be discussed live by CMU Editor Andy Malt and a panel of guests tomorrow night.

Taking place at The Roundhouse in London, producer Dan Le Sac, Sentric Music's Simon Pursehouse and Digital Music Trends host Andrea Leonelli will discuss topics such as the indie labels' Fair Digital Deals Declaration, the collapse of the Global Rights Database, Vulfpeck's silent album scoring $20,000 from Spotify and more.

Malt says: "It's been yet another eventful month in the music industry, and we've got a great panel to discuss it all. Once again, all my guests come from very different areas of the industry, which should make for some great debate".

Highlights of the event will be available as a podcast latest this week, but to hear the full discussion and have a say yourself, you'll need to join us live at The Roundhouse at 7.30pm tomorrow night.

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Sunde says prison bosses must let him speak to file-sharing priest
So, Peter Sunde, one time spokesman for The Pirate Bay, which he co-founded, has found another reason to complain about his current incarceration, this time on religious grounds. Well, quasi-religious grounds anywhere but Sweden, which, alas, is where he's currently locked up.

As much previously reported, Sunde is currently in jail after being found guilty of enabling rampant copyright infringement, through his involvement in the Bay, in the Swedish courts back in 2009. He evaded prison for a while by pursuing every possible appeals option, and once those were exhausted simply by avoiding Sweden. But then earlier this year Swedish police caught up with him in the country and threw him in the slammer.

Sunde has previously complained that the prison he's in, the mid-level security facility Västervik Norra, is too severe given the nature of his crime. Which is probably true, though given the lengths he went to in order to avoid his jail time, perhaps the powers that be fear there is a risk Sunde would try to flee a low-security prison.

His latest complaint, though, relates to the prison authority's inability to arrange a meeting between him and a representative of the Church Of Kopimism, which is a club for fans of free Lady Gaga tracks and 'Glee' downloads masquerading as a religion. Except in Sweden it has actually been recognised as a religious group, meaning Sunde's demands to liaise with a rep from the 'church' are legit.

Prison bosses say they don't have a minister from Sunde's church on hand to meet him, but he's bounced back with a demand that they set up a Skype call with one instead. According to Torrentfreak, he wrote in a letter to the authorities: "The board of spiritual care doesn't have any representative for the Kopimist faith with whom they cooperate and therefore the Prison And Probation Service should provide permission for electronic contact with representatives from the Kopimist faith to believers".

It's not clear how genuine Sunde is being in these prison correspondences, or whether he's just playing with the system, he having been known to issue rather playful statements during his stint as the Bay's media man. Either way, he's ensuring nothing remains dull about the ongoing Pirate Bay saga.

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Sony proposes settlement to PSN hack litigation
Remember that time when Sony's PlayStation Network was hacked in a major way? Remember? Go on, that time. Yeah, that's right, that time.

Anyway, the hack that forced the PSN and Sony's streaming music platform offline, as hackers helped themselves to the personal information of the service's customers, occurred back in 2011. But litigation relating to the downtime data grab - which didn't include credit card numbers - is ongoing.

And last week Sony proposed a $15 million settlement to the class action lawsuit that emerged from the various bits of litigation against Sony over the hack.

According to The Register, the firm will mainly compensate affected customers with freebies, including a free game from a list of fourteen, three months of the PlayStation Plus service gratis and, for those locked out of what is now Music Unlimited during the hack, a month's free membership. Though those who can prove that personal information such as passwords was stolen during the hacking may also be eligible for a cash payment of up to $2500.

There will be some limits on how many people can claim the freebies and cash, and perhaps most importantly Sony will not specifically accept any responsibility for the collapse of their gaming and entertainment network, presumably to prevent any further litigation being pursued citing this settlement as precedent.

A US judge will now have to approve the proposed settlement before any customers who qualify under the terms of the original class action can claim their free stuff.

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West wins Coinye West case by default
So, a postscript to the short-lived Coinye West story from the start of the year, when a bunch of pranksters announced they were launching a new Bitcoin-style virtual currency that lightly mocked Mr Kanye West.

He promptly called in his lawyers, who issued a cease and desist, and, after a brief dabbling with an alternative name and logo, Coinye West went offline. But the litigation West's lawyers filed continued.

And last week a judge ruled in West's favour by default, because only four of the defendants listed on the lawsuit ever responded, and those all reached out-of-court settlements and were removed from the litigation. Quite what this now means for the ten other defendants who failed to make a case isn't clear.

Tedder and Williams sign to Azoff's new performing rights agency
So, let's throw this into the ongoing US collective licensing debate shall we? It's emerged that both Ryan Tedder and Pharrell Williams have signed up to a new performing rights body called Global Music Rights, which is part of the new entertainment company set up by one time Live Nation chief Irving Azoff.

And, according to a Billboard report, it seems that by allying with GMR, Tedder and Williams will leave collecting society ASCAP, instead allowing Azoff's new agency to represent them in the performance right licensing game.

GMR will presumably operate a little like SESAC, the smallest of the performing right organisations in the US which, unlike BMI and ASCAP, is a commercial venture. Like SESAC, it seems likely GMR will sign up a small number of significant pop songwriters, making it hard for broadcasters and other public performance licensees not to sign up for a licence, in order to utilise a small but important catalogue of songs.

Most of the artists managed by Azoff's own management agency are expected to participate in GMR, though Tedder and Williams are with Azoff's former business for management, Live Nation's Front Line.

Quite how GMR will work, licence and collect isn't entirely clear just yet. Though its launch comes at a time when collective licensing in America is up for review, with rights owners reckoning the rules governing BMI and ASCAP are outdated, and some threatening to withdraw from the collecting societies completely if the Department Of Justice doesn't change the rules. Though the UK management community has questioned whether that is really an option.

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Universal's Globe announces new composer alliance for ad sector
A new venture from Universal Music UK's content and commercial partnership division Globe is set to "redefine the creation of music for advertising". Which is exciting isn't it? You're all excited right? So exciting.

Basically Globe is putting together a team of leading composers, including David Arnold, Ilan Eshkeri, Joby Talbot and Dickon Hinchcliffe, and offering their music making services to the advertising sector, utilising the Globe sync team's ad agency relationships. Collaborations with artists signed to Universal UK labels and record releases via the mega major's Decca division are also expected to emerge from the new venture. Good times.

Says Globe boss Marc Robinson: "We are bringing the very best film composers into this space with the full support and release mechanism of a label. As the creative bar is being raised in advertising and branded content, we want to ensure we can deliver across all areas of recorded music. Having worked across and released some of the UK films best score soundtracks, Decca is the perfect home to also release the music that would accompany these campaigns".

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New bosses for Universal's UK catalogue division
"When is Universal UK going to get round to promoting Richard Hinkley and David Rowe to the roles of joint MDs of Universal Music Catalogue", I think we've all asked at some point these past few years. Well, people, the time is now. Right now. This very minute. Well, 1 Sep. Though they're announcing it right now.

"But what the hell", you're now asking. "What about the marvellous Karen Simmonds who's been running Universal Music Catalogue so well these past few years?" Though I'm not sure that concern is genuine, given how keen you were for Hinkley and Rowe to be promoted in the last paragraph.

But fear not, Simmonds has chosen to stand down and take a break from this big bad business of sound. Says Simmonds to CMU: "I am sad to leave behind so many wonderful people, particularly at such an exciting time for the business. But equally, I'm looking forward to my new life which for the first time in many years won't be dictated by a release schedule!"

And here's Universal UK big cheese David Joseph with the finale quote you'll probably all ignore: "Anyone who knows Karen knows that music is not her only passion and it isn't the biggest surprise that the wilds of western Wales have lured her away from us. Karen has made an immeasurable contribution to our business and we will miss her greatly. Karen built an exceptional team at UMC and we are fortunate that she is handing over to two such able successors as Richard Hinkley and David Rowe".


  Approved: Lost Midas
Lost Midas is the moniker for Boston born Jason Trikakis, now a resident of LA, who releases his debut LP on Tru Thoughts, 'Off The Course', this week. As a drummer leaning towards hip hop, he has now turned producer, citing as influences artists as varied as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Claude Debussy, Boards Of Canada and J Dilla.

'Off The Course' is meant to be a sonic guided tour of his home city since 2011. How this fits is perhaps slightly obtuse, but meanings and mantras aside, this is a well-crafted slab of beat heavy music with lush synth layering. He covers bases from dancefloor to almost slightly art house pop, but with certain aplomb.

On the harder side of the album, 'Dream Of Me' shows some frantic beats, and 'It Is' brings you back to London's broken beat scene down at The Co-Op. But there are also the softer options of the singles, 'Head Games' and 'Love Undone'.

It's a great first offering, Trikakis is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. Check out this live studio version of new single 'Head Games', which features vocals from Audris.
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Ozzy Osbourne releasing mad solo compilation
The Dark Lord Ozzy Osbourne is to cap off a life in rock with a life-in-rock-spanning compilation (that's solo, not Sabbath) titled 'Memoirs Of A Madman', which I'm still disappointed isn't a book.

I'm also disappointed that it doesn't have 'Changes', his collaboration with offspring Kelly, on it. Still, what it does have is the following, startling, tracklisting:

Crazy Train
Mr Crowley
Flying High Again
Over The Mountain
Bark At The Moon
The Ultimate Sin
Miracle Man
No More Tears (edit)
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Road To Nowhere
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
I Don't Wanna Stop
Life Won't Wait
Let Me Hear You Scream

A nod (clearly) to Mr O's 1981 LP 'Diary Of A Madman', 'Memoirs' is to be released in various combinations, both vinyl and not, on 6 Oct, nicely in time to act as the score to many a trick-or-treating trip/seance/Satantic sacrificial party. How nice.

This is a trailer to go with the thing.

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Light In The Attic releasing 'lost' Lewis LP
Light In The Attic, a label specialising in 'Sugarman'-style subradar or 'lost' vinyl, has named its latest release as 'Romantic Times', the 'lost' 1985 LP by fame-evading alt-pop artist Lewis, seen here as his (potentially not real) alias Lewis Baloue.

It's the follow-on to Lewis's first disc, 1983's privately-pressed 'L'Amour', which LITA released earlier this year, promising to pay royalties from sales to anyone able to prove they were the real Lewis. No one came forward.

'Romantic Times' will arrive, mixed and mastered via a sealed (and super-rare) original copy, on 17 Nov. The few details there are to find re Lewis, and the LP, are here and here.

And here, as features on Lewis's 'L'amour', is 'Cool Night In Paris'.

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Franz Ferdinand tell Late Night Tales via new mix LP
Oh look, it's art-rock Archdukes Franz Ferdinand, back after a slight gap, and bearing news of a new compilation they've made as part of the 'Late Night Tales' series. It's a pretty fine selection, as it happens, featuring a mix of tracks by the likes of R Stevie Moore, Can, Serge Gainsbourg, Oneohtrix Point Never and the CMU approved Liminanas.

Along rarer lines are Carrie Cleveland's DIY take on go-to Northern Soul classic 'Love Will Set You Free', a trippy interpretation of Neil Young's 'Old Man' by Cologne techno mensch Justus Köhncke, and, as is Late Night Tales tradition, a special commission by hosts Franz Ferdinand, who've done a cover of Jonathan Halper's anti-hit 'Leaving My Old Life Behind'.

And as a finale, Alex Kapranos reads a short story he's written titled 'Defibrillator'.

First, mind, here's FF's Paul Thompson with a not-so-short intro to the origins of the mix: "When we first got the band together I made Alex a tape for his car, an old Merc estate that we spent a lot of time in, going to and from rehearsal spaces and gigs. All of our gear and the four of us could (almost) comfortably fit inside".

He continued: "It was all stuff I was listening to at the time, Dr Alimantado, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Plaid, Johnny Dangerous amongst others. An eclectic mix or completely random and disjointed depending on your outlook, it was representative of all our individual idiosyncrasies that merged to form the sound of the band, although I wasn't aware of this at the time".

And continued: "With this mix we tried to a similar thing, all of us selected the tunes, based on what we listen to on tour together and at home alone, any sustained moods or flows that occur are purely accidental"

And continued: "Oh yeah, the Merc estate got totalled and towed away with the tape still in the player".

Finally, a sampler of all 20 tracks on the compilation, and a list of those tracks, aka a tracklisting, last of all.

Franz Ferdinand - Leaving My Old Life Behind
R Stevie Moore - I'm Only Sleeping
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Eighteen Is Over The Hill
Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
Life Without Buildings - New Town
Can - Connection
The Liminanas - The Darkside
Ian Dury - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
Disco Dub Band - For The Love Of Money
Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce
Serge Gainsbourg - Requiem Pour Un Con
Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Disco Devil
James Brown - King Heroin
Carrie Cleveland - Love Will Set You Free
Paul McCartney & Wings - Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five
Boards of Canada - Reach For The Dead
Oneohtrix Point Never - Zebra
Justus Köhncke - Old Man
American Spring - Sweet Mountain
Alex Kapranos - Defibrillator (Spoken Word)

Against Me! to headline winter shows
Rock nonconformists Against Me! have confirmed the listings for a big ol live trip they're taking come November. The icing on the cake of the year in which the band released their biggest-selling LP yet, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues', the British headline shows go like this:

13 Nov: Bristol, Bierkeller
14 Nov: Birmingham, Academy 2
15 Nov: Glasgow, King Tut's
16 Nov: Leeds, Cockpit
17 Nov: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
18 Nov: Manchester, Academy 2
19 Nov: London, Electric Ballroom

Whilst tickets to the dates go on sale 28 Jul, this clip for Against Me!'s new single 'Drinking With The Jocks' is free to view right away.

Stop the N-Dubz reunion rumours, says Fazer
So, you may have seen reports lately that made claims about an N-Dubz reunion. It has been said that they'll "start recording in the second half of next year" and that they will "definitely be writing new material". I hope you weren't too excited, because none of that is true.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Fazer from the group said of the reunion last week: "Nah, that's not in the question right now, that's just rumours. There's been no conversations between the three of us about reforming anything at the moment. I'm fully focused on my solo stuff right now and that's all that matters".

So that's that. You shouldn't trust whoever said those things about the reunion. Who was that again? Oh yeah, it was that Fazer from N-Dubz. Well, unless the Daily Mail was making it up.

 
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