MONDAY 1 DECEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Just ahead of last week's Thanksgiving festivities of turkey guzzling and mad midnight shopping sprees, BMG and Round Hill Music filed a lawsuit Stateside that could prove to be an important test case under American copyright law of the obligations, or otherwise, of internet service providers in the ongoing fight against piracy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two music rights... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Still bathing in glory (and rightly so) for her weird, pins-and-needles-y score to Jonathan Glazer's film 'Under The Skin', Mica Levi - aka Micachu - last Friday stealthily shook off a 60 minute long mixtape, like it was nothing, as is her non-showy wont. 'Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill', a mix for all moods that's divided into thirds as per its title, is a shot of Levi's 'sky's the... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES BMG and Round Hill sue US net provider for failing to act over file-sharing users
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LEGAL Eagles launch lawsuit against man screening bootleg footage
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Vodafone in talks to buy Blinkbox
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MEDIA Little Simz, Seinabo Sey and Dornik all in place for Launched At Red Bull Studios
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RELEASES Robbie Williams drops LP today
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Lionel Richie confirmed for Glastonbury
One Direction announce UK tour dates
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AWARDS Sound Of 2015 long list published
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ONE LINERS Young Fathers, Frank Ocean, Bastille x Haim and more
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AND FINALLY... Lewis Hamilton keeps Nicole Scherzinger in the pits by recording his own music
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BMG and Round Hill sue US net provider for failing to act over file-sharing users
Just ahead of last week's Thanksgiving festivities of turkey guzzling and mad midnight shopping sprees, BMG and Round Hill Music filed a lawsuit Stateside that could prove to be an important test case under American copyright law of the obligations, or otherwise, of internet service providers in the ongoing fight against piracy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the two music rights firms are suing Cox Communications, the third largest cable TV company in the US. The music companies say that Cox should be held liable for the copyright infringement of its file-sharing customers because it has failed to respond in any way to notices alerting the company to the actions of its infringing users as provided by BMG and Round Hill's reps Rightscorp Inc.

Of course, for years now the music and movie industries have been calling on the internet service providers to do more to stop their customers for accessing illegal sources of content.

In the main, the ISPs have resisted such calls, and have lobbied against moves in the political community to force net firms to operate graduated response systems, whereby they are obligated to send suspected file-sharers warning letters, which either threaten sanctions such as bandwidth throttling, or at least the sharing of contact information with rights owners which could then launch direct legal proceedings against the file-sharer.

That said, in some countries - including the US and the UK - many big ISPs have voluntarily signed up to a usually watered down version of graduated response, either to placate governments which have threatened to force more draconian measures on net firms if they don't play ball voluntarily, or because - as owners of pay-to-view movie services - at least some execs at the net companies are concerned about piracy.

But in the US, Cox Communications was the one major player suspiciously absent from the deal struck between the big rights owners and the cable companies back in 2011, the Copyright Alert System which involved the likes of Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon.

Cox, however, does have its own alternative system for dealing with file-sharing complaints from rights owners, and it's that system that will be under the spotlight should BMG and Round Hill's litigation get to court. That and America's good old Digital Millennium Copyright Act, of course.

The DMCA provides protections to internet companies that unknowingly enable third parties to infringe copyright, providing they have systems in place for copyright owners to seek the removal of infringing content or tackle infringing activity. Cox will almost certainly claim that it provides such a system, despite not being part of the Copyright Alert programme. BMG and Round Hill will argue that system is insufficient.

According to the WSJ, the legal complaint notes: "Cox has had ... knowledge of ... repeat infringement by its subscribers [via Rightscorp]. Nonetheless, Cox has repeatedly refused to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers. The reason that Cox does not terminate these subscribers and account holders is obvious - it would cause Cox to lose revenue".

Of course, the safe harbour elements of the DMCA are full of ambiguities, and attempts by the rights owners to make tech companies liable for copyright infringement on the basis that takedown or similar copyright alert systems are shoddy - and possibly deliberately so, in order to protect infringers - have not always been successful in court.

Which would make the Cox litigation an interesting test case, and one that could provide clarity as to what, exactly, the obligations of the ISPs are under current US copyright law. And it could go either way.

Eagles launch lawsuit against man screening bootleg footage
Don Henley and Glenn Frey of The Eagles have launched legal action against a man they say screened bootleg live footage of the band at a ticketed event back in October without permission.

According to New York Daily News, Henley and Frey filed a lawsuit in New York last week, claiming that the man, named Frank Shelley, is using the film to "bolster his reputation as a purported music industry 'insider' with close connections and ties to many classic rock greats". They add that they have previously sent cease-and-desist letters, with which Shelley has refused to comply.

Neither side has commented on the case publicly as yet.

Vodafone in talks to buy Blinkbox
Vodafone has had talks with Tesco about acquiring its streaming platform Blinkbox, according to the Financial Times.

There were rumours back in October that the flagging supermarket giant might look to sell on its streaming content set-up as part of a company-wide review instigated by new CEO Dave Lewis which was likely to propose focusing on core business.

Blinkbox's video-on-demand service - rather than its music streaming element, which was spun out of what was We7 - will presumably be of more interest to Vodafone, which has ambitions to enter the home broadband and TV services business in the UK. It would be interesting to see whether Vodafone would want to keep the music side of Blinkbox, given its existing and seemingly successful alliance with Spotify.

A source told the FT that only "early discussions" had so far taken place between the tel co and the supermarket firm over Blinkbox. Though given the content-on-demand service is loss making, and Tesco's aforementioned expected new strategy to focus on its core retail operations, Vodafone could get the streaming business for next to nothing.

Little Simz, Seinabo Sey and Dornik all in place for Launched At Red Bull Studios
'Launched At Red Bull Studios', the tastemaking/tipping-type pop TV show responsible for assisting the likes of Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre and... Sam Smith in attaining greatness, is coming back to TV's own Channel 4 for a new series in the New Year 2015.

Hosted by Annie Mac, 'Launched...' will spotlight ten rising artists via a mix of 'in conversation' footage and live performance. The show's 2015-featuring acts will each appear backed by a higher-profile mentor or 'ambassador', the names of whom shall be confirmed on 5 Dec.

And the 2015 artists are, in alphabetical order: Dornik, George The Poet, Jack Garratt, James Bay, Josef Salvat, Little Simz, Seinabo Sey, Shura, Wolf Alice and Years & Years.

Many of those are also on the MTV Brand New and/or BBC Sound Of 2015 and/or BRITs Critics Choice lists, by the way. Because that's how the big, commercially-geared, new-acts-hyping machine works. Not to do down 'Launched' or anything, which actually looks like it's taking risks with some of its acts. The BRITs Critics Choice award, on the other hand. Sorry, I'll shut up.

Red Bull Media House's Executive Producer James Milnes, who hasn't any of my jaded cynicism towards the whole year-end-act-tipping thing, says: "Red Bull Studios are about supporting up and coming talent year round and 'Launched' is an exciting part of that. With the calibre of artists we've featured in previous years, 'Launched' has proven itself as a valuable springboard for talent and the place for viewers to discover the best new music first".

Meanwhile Channel 4 Commissioning Editor For Music, Jonny Rothery, adds: "Year on year 'Launched' picks out artists that go on to great things in the year ahead. In an age where credible new music is less prevalent on terrestrial TV, the return of 'Launched' for a fourth series is proof there is a hunger for this and as a result C4 continues to support it".

'Launched At Red Bull Studios' will air over five Wednesday-nightly episodes starting in January. More info is at redbullstudios.com/launched

 

Approved: Micachu - Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill
Still bathing in glory (and rightly so) for her weird, pins-and-needles-y score to Jonathan Glazer's film 'Under The Skin', Mica Levi - aka Micachu - last Friday stealthily shook off a 60 minute long mixtape, like it was nothing, as is her non-showy wont.

'Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill', a mix for all moods that's divided into thirds as per its title, is a shot of Levi's 'sky's the limit'-style scope as songwriter, DJ, composer and 'creator' of things, bringing in traces of her parallel lives as a pop and classical artist, and a beatmaker, of the highest and least conventional/try-hard order.

Or in the words of Demdike Stare's DDS label, which released the tape (via physical cassette and digital download), 'Feeling...' moves between "tense, concrete-fuelled strings to brilliantly ramshackle tape beats and odd pop edits - all brand new work from Mica herself, spooled through her singular, totally inimitable box of tricks".

I couldn't (and as above, didn't) say it better myself. Listen to a trio of miniature clips from the tape, and make it all yours for £6.99 only, now via Boomkat.

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Robbie Williams drops LP today
Pop show-off Robbie Williams warned his fans last Friday (ie well in advance) that he was going to spring a new LP titled 'Under The Radar: Volume One' on them today. And so that's what's going to happen. Surprise! (Whether it was a 'surprise' to his sometime bandmates in Take That, whose new album is also out today, we don't know).

So in short, 'Under The Radar: Volume One' is made up of lots of songs that, says Williams, "for whatever reason, didn't make it" onto any of his official albums so far. Potentially because they were sidelined by his label for being a) not commercially viable and/or b) a bit shit. Less commercially viable, logic dictates, than 'Rudebox'. Which is hard to imagine.

Oh also, the 'volume one' bit of album's title hints that it's only the first in a series of rejects collections Robbie is going to release, as I'm sure you'd figured as soon as you saw the 'volume one' bit of the title. Still I thought I'd say it, just in case.

Robbie - and his mean-looking cat - did the big reveal via a cheeky little video clip, in which he (Robbie, that is) said: "I'll let you into a secret, Guy Chambers isn't happy with me putting these songs on this album. He thinks I'm a lunatic for not putting them on an album that we've promoted with TV performances and at radio stations and a big tour".

"But I'm an impetuous bugger, and I want them out now, now, now!" he added, deafeningly.

Lionel Richie confirmed for Glastonbury
In an interesting bit of casting, Lionel Richie will be playing Dolly Parton in the 2015 rendition of 'Glastonbury'. Which is good news if he really was who you were looking for.

Confirming he had been booked to play Glastonbury's Sunday teatime slot in 2015, the bit in the programme filled by Parton this summer just gone, Richie told reporters: "I'm really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it's one of the most iconic festivals in the world. It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I'm honoured to be joining that club. It will be a really special moment for me and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I can now say 'Yes, I'm playing Glastonbury'".

The festival's Emily Eavis added: "He's one of the great soul legends. He's got all the songs, some incredible songs, and I think he will get people on their feet. There will be a lot of love out there for Lionel".

Admitting that the 'music legend' Sunday teatime slot had become something of a standout segment at her festival, not least this year with Parton, Eavis went on: "In many ways it's its own headline slot. And I'd say Dolly probably opened the door for Lionel. We got the phone call from his agent saying he was up for coming down, pretty much as we were packing the tents away from this year's festival!"

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One Direction announce UK tour dates
Having done a nifty little bit of social media marketing on Friday, in which fans were encouraged to get some hash tags trending in return for info on how to get some exclusive bits of content via Spotify (hey, look at that Swifty, blockbuster popstars working WITH the Spotifys), those One Direction boys confirmed a UK and Ireland tour over the weekend full of shows and dates and venues and everything. Presumably fans will have to get #1DDEFINIATELYHAVENTPEAKED trending to unlock an encore.

Hey, here are the God darn dates. Definitely a gap in there for a Glastonbury headline slot, right?

6 Jun: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
24 Sep: The O2, London
25 Sep: The O2, London
26 Sep: The O2, London
3 Oct: Manchester Arena
4 Oct: Manchester Arena
7 Oct: The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
8 Oct: The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
10 Oct: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
11 Oct: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
16 Oct: 3Arena, Dublin
17 Oct: 3Arena, Dublin
20 Oct: Odyssey Arena, Belfast
21 Oct: Odyssey Arena, Belfast
25 Oct: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
26 Oct: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
29 Oct: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
30 Oct: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Sound Of 2015 long list published
So, despite all our best efforts, it looks likely that not only will 2015 go ahead - even though confirming so late in the day leaves us with little time to prepare - but the plan is for the whole year to have 'sound' as well. I thought we'd at least agreed to take a year off the whole sound thing. I guess that means we're obligated to relaunch the CMU Podcast after all. Oh well.

Anyway, here are the artists, the acts, the musicians, the creators, the people of musical persuasion, who might well be providing some - not all, but definitely some - of that sound during the year they're calling Two Thousand Fifteen. According to pundit types questioned by the BBC that is. Basically, the BBC's Sound Of 2015 long list is out. That's an easier way of saying it, isn't it? But I didn't want that Huw Stephens getting more words in than me.

Here's that Huw Stephens now, who'll reveal the final five in the Sound Of poll in the new year: "It's always an exciting time of year to take stock and look at what might be making us dance, cry and jump for joy into the year ahead. I'm excited because there are a lot of artists I and my fellow DJs have supported on the list, and it's another great chance to share the music we love with an even bigger audience".

And here's that long list: George The Poet, James Bay, Kwabs, Lapsley, Novelist, Rae Morris, Raury, Shamir, Shura, Slaves, SOAK, Stormzy, Sunset Sons, Wolf Alice, Years & Years.

Young Fathers, Frank Ocean, Bastille x Haim and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Scotland's Young Fathers have stealth-released 'Soon Come Soon', a track not (I repeat, not) off of their Mercury Prize-winning latest LP 'Dead'. Stream it here.

• Disclaimer: this is a bit old now, by THREE WHOLE DAYS. Anyway, Frank Ocean released a bit of a relatively short (at the moment) track titled 'Memrise' last Friday. He shared the lyrics to it, too, not on paper, but on Tumblr. That's a joke about one of the lines in the song. Anyway I give up. Listen to 'Memrise' now.

• Bastille did a collaborative track 'featuring' Haim, which is prised off of their mixtape (which possibly isn't really a mixtape in that most mixtapes are free, and it isn't) 'VS (Other People's Heartache Pt III)'. The track's title is 'Bite Down'. Try not to spit it out too quickly as you listen to it, NOW.

• That Gary Barlow, eh? He's supposed to be promoting the new Take That album that's out today, but last week he slipped off to America to sing a song from 'Finding Neverland', the Broadway musical he's involved in. I mean, look at him.

• Japanese dance duo Capsule - featuring the CMU lauded Yasutaka Nakata - have announced that they will release a new album, titled 'Wave Runner', on 18 Feb 2015. Here's a short clip showing the making of the cover art and featuring a little bit of music.

• Arctic Monkeys have warned fans not to buy tickets to any shows they see advertised, because they're not booked in to play any. None. Not even one. Although I'm not sure they were quite clear enough about that in their warning tweet last week.

• Wolf Alice won the first ever Dice Live Award last week. What does that mean? Only that they're now officially the best live band in Britain. You'd probably better book tickets to see them on tour next year then. And that, I believe, is something that booking fee free ticketing company Dice can help you with.

Lewis Hamilton keeps Nicole Scherzinger in the pits by recording his own music
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has begun recording music after building a home studio for girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger "so she didn't have to leave the house to go back to LA" to do music making things. But best of all, she's seemingly not able to get in there to record anything because he keeps using it himself. And he's refusing to play any of his tracks to anyone. So we get no music from either of them. It's a win-win situation, as far as I can see.

"I have been writing a lot, even on race weeks", he told BBC Newsbeat. "It's something I'm very passionate about. It keeps me chilled and doing things you love is a good thing. When I was in Japan, I was in the studio, Monday to Wednesday. Then, Thursday to Sunday, I was racing. Then I was straight back in the studio. At the moment music is just a hobby, but I'm very serious about it".

His influences apparently include Michael Jackson, Prince, Jay-Z and... Kodaline.

 
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