THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: A US-based library music company, which was one of the first to capitalise on the rise of bedroom filmmakers seeking music to sync to their videos, has filed litigation against four 'multi-channel networks'. Freeplay accuses the YouTube-channel-operating firms of abusing licences designed for user-generated videos to circumvent having to pay for the music... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A couple of years ago, I wrote about a new Blanck Mass track that I assumed, at the time, was the first to appear from what would be the second album under that name from Benjamin Power of Fuck Buttons. But it seems now that 'Hellion Earth' was just a track he put up on SoundCloud once, never to have any proper home, because I've looked through the tracklist of his just... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Library music firm accuses MCNs of abusing its user-generated content service
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DEALS Kobalt buys film score administration company
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony Corp announces new priorities, music amongst them
Ginny Cooper joins Proper Music Distribution
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL ERA to launch manifesto talking up role of retailers and digital services in entertainment industries
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MARKETING & PR Murray Chalmers hires new publicists
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MEDIA Time Inc is considering a free distribution future for NME
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ARTIST NEWS Sia readying next solo album
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RELEASES Rolo Tomassi use tenth anniversary to announce new album
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AWARDS NME presents some awards, Time Out-style
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ONE LINERS Jack White's stupid video, Taylor Swift's stupid bonus tracks, Jimi Hendrix's stupid pre-fame recordings, and other stupid stuff
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AND FINALLY... Some eggs were thrown at Justin Bieber for a thing
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Library music firm accuses MCNs of abusing its user-generated content service
A US-based library music company, which was one of the first to capitalise on the rise of bedroom filmmakers seeking music to sync to their videos, has filed litigation against four 'multi-channel networks'. Freeplay accuses the YouTube-channel-operating firms of abusing licences designed for user-generated videos to circumvent having to pay for the music used in their commercial content.

The companies being sued include some of the big guns in the burgeoning MCN sector: Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. Two more - Machinima and Collective Digital Studio - which got in first with litigation against Freeplay last week, are set to receive countersuits from the music rights owner in due course.

Operating in the library music business since 2001, Freeplay Music entered into an agreement with YouTube in 2013 and began offering a service specifically aimed at the makers of user-generated content on the video platform.

Amateur video makers are offered a licence that allows them to use music from the Freeplay library free of charge, on the condition Freeplay is able to subsequently monetise that content on YouTube using Google's Content-ID system. In copyright terms, it means that the 'sync' bit of the deal is free, because Freeplay can earn from the 'public performance' element of the copyright whenever a video is streamed.

But, argues Freeplay, that licence has clearly outlined limitations, and is not designed for commercial content producers, who can buy a $250 a year licence. And, crucially, it does not apply to videos posted on MCN-managed rather than personal YouTube channels, not least because advertising on those channels isn't controlled by Google or linked to Content-ID.

Freeplay says that by using an audio fingerprint technology called TuneSat it has found music from its libraries being used on numerous MCN-operated channels without the right licence. Insisting that litigation is no one's preferred option, Freeplay CEO Scott Schreer told CMU that the company had been trying to rectify this situation with the targeted MCNs for over a year, but without resolution.

For their part, Machinima and Collective Digital Studio, in their pre-emptive litigation, basically accuse Freeplay of deliberately confusing online video makers so that they sync music from the company's libraries thinking they can do so for free, only to be subsequently invoiced, or threatened with action, when it that transpires usage is classified as commercial. The MCNs go as far as to label Freeplay's approach as 'copyright trolling'.

But Schreer resolutely rejects those allegations, insisting the terms of his company's licences are clearly explained with the non-specialist user in mind. For Freeplay, this is about MCNs with massive valuations trying to get the benefits of the bedroom video-maker, while concurrently boasting about turning those amateur productions into profit-making commercial enterprises.

With the low-cost small-time-user sync market in growth, and MCNs continuing to grab the headlines, these could prove to be interesting cases with wider ramifications.

Sony Corp announces new priorities, music amongst them
In a bid to convince investors that the company is now in slow (or maybe not so slow) recovery mode, Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai yesterday announced another raft of changes which will see the focus put on the group's more profitable businesses, and further restructuring, starting with the spinning off of 'audio and video' into a separate wholly-owned subsidiary.

Sony Corp has been surrounded by doom and gloom for years now of course, having lost the lead in numerous strands of the consumer electronics business, traditionally the company's cash cow. And Hirai has been busy trying to turn around the firm's fortunes, and get it back into profit, ever since he became CEO in 2012.

Amongst previous decisions well received by investors were selling off the company's flagging PC unit and then spinning off its struggling television set making division into a separate business. There are some similarities in the new plans, in that Harai seems keen to protect those areas of the business that are doing well from those that are faltering.

Noted as good performers by the Sony CEO are music, gaming and the firm's imaging technologies, with Harai seemingly keen to invest in further growing these areas of the corporation. Meanwhile Sony's smartphone and TV manufacturing businesses are not a priority, with Reuters quoting Harai as admitting he could not "rule out considering an exit strategy" in these areas.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the spinning off of the Sony units that make cameras and music players, amongst other things, into a standalone but wholly owned subsidiary will take place later this year. Further spin-offs could then follow, which might ultimately include making the firm's entertainment business even more autonomous than it already is, something that was previously proposed, of course, by the firm's vocal (and now former) investor Daniel Loeb.

Though his plan was to spin-off the Sony music and movie business so to float part of it in order to generate new investment. Hirai's proposals so far seem to suggest Sony will keep complete control of its spun-off entities.

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Ginny Cooper joins Proper Music Distribution
Proper Music Distribution has announced the appointment of Ginny Cooper as its new Classical Label Manager.

What did she say about it? "This is an exciting opportunity for me to build on the solid foundations and influence that Proper has established in the music industry, and to be part of its great sales and marketing team who are dedicated and passionate about the music they represent".

And what did PMD MD Drew Hill add? "We're delighted to have someone as well respected as Ginny joining us at this exciting time of growth. Her experience within the genre puts us firmly at the forefront of classical music distribution in the UK".

Cooper joins from Dutch company New Arts International, where she was UK Sales & Marketing Manager. She is also Vice Chair of the BPI's Classical Committee and sits on the selection board for the Music Export Growth Scheme.

ERA to launch manifesto talking up role of retailers and digital services in entertainment industries
The Entertainment Retailers Association has announced that it will unveil its first manifesto at an event in central London next week, outlining a five point plan to stimulate growth in the music, video and games industries.

The report will highlight the role retailers and digital services have had on these sectors in the last decade, from bringing streaming to the mainstream to the resurgence of vinyl, and the benefits increased investment could have for further growth and innovation.

ERA Chief Exec Kim Bayley says: "Retailers and digital services have transformed the entertainment industry over the past decade to the benefit of both consumers and the music, video and games industries, but their job is not yet complete. We see the launch of the Manifesto as a vital next step in the growth of the entertainment market".

Representatives of Amazon, Spotify, Tesco, HMV and indie record store Banquet Records will speak at the event, as will Brian Message and Martin Mills.

ERA Chairman Raoul Chatterjee comments: "We are particularly delighted that two of the most progressive voices in the entertainment industry should be joining us for the launch of the ERA Manifesto. It is vital that amid the structural change taking place in the entertainment business, forward-looking companies come together and drive a progressive agenda".

But the main draw, I'm sure he meant to say, will be CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, who will moderate a panel as part of the event, which takes place on 24 Feb, aka next Tuesday.

Murray Chalmers hires new publicists
Murray Chalmers PR has announced the hiring of two new members of staff, following the departure of Frazer Lawton last week. Michael Cleary joins from Sony Music as Senior Publicist, and Lottie Lander comes in as Publicist.

Says Murray Chalmers himself: "We're really happy to welcome Michael and Lottie to the company. Theirs were the names that so many people recommended and I can already see why they are so highly regarded within the industry. Working with me, Sarah Henderson and the rest of the team, both will help drive our expansion and diversification".

Time Inc is considering a free distribution future for NME
So, we know that everyone was jumping the gun somewhat by declaring that the NME would go free as soon as next month, however certain Vice's newsagent might have been about such matters, but what about in the longer term? Might we see, later this year say, the NME weekly magazine go free, you know, Time Out-style (yeah, I'm bored of that too).

Well, following all the online chatter earlier this week about the NME becoming a free read, it's emerged that publisher Time Inc UK has indeed been considering its options regarding the music magazine's future, floating the idea of relaunching it as a free title.

According to The Guardian, NME staff were told this week that some key partners have been sounded out about the proposal, including retailers whose stores might form part of a distribution network, which might include Topshop and Urban Outfitters. What isn't clear is, if they did go that route, how quickly the switch to free could occur.

NME's print circulation has, of course, slumped in recent years, and continues to do so, making each batch of ABC circulation figures a depressing read. Though online, NME is arguably a leader, certainly when it comes to traditional music media brands, and a freely distributed version of the magazine might provide better promotion for the online assets, while unlocking some ad revenue not currently available with print sales of 13,995.

Not that it's especially easy to make freebie music magazines profitable, though with existing online advertising and sponsorship revenues, a free NME might be a way of spinning some good news around the print element, which in commercial terms is now just a one slice of the pie, but which to the outside world is still seen as the flagship.

NME isn't the only Time Inc magazine under review. With the US-based Time publishing company spun off from former parent company Time Warner last year (resulting in it's UK division rebranding from IPC to Time), the future of many of the firm's brands are now being considered. And while there could be some big changes ahead, insiders seem to think NME is one of the more secure brands at the company.

  Approved: Blanck Mass
A couple of years ago, I wrote about a new Blanck Mass track that I assumed, at the time, was the first to appear from what would be the second album under that name from Benjamin Power of Fuck Buttons. But it seems now that 'Hellion Earth' was just a track he put up on SoundCloud once, never to have any proper home, because I've looked through the tracklist of his just-announced new album several times and it's definitely not there.

But if 'Hellion Earth' is the sort of track that Power can just leave hanging in the ether/internet, then that's got to be a good sign, right? Totally. Because, as I said, there is a new album coming this year. It's called 'Dumb Flesh' and will be released on 12 May through Sacred Bones.

If the first track released from the album, 'Dead Format', is anything go by, it's apparent why he decided to start with a clean slate. The track sees Blanck Mass take a darker, heavier turn, set in motion by 'Hellion Earth' but already some way further down the road it laid for itself. More Mondkopf than Brian Eno. It's powerful, arresting, and I can't wait to hear how it fits into the wider album.

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Sia readying next solo album
Sia has decided that she's going to release another album as a popstar in her own right. Even if that means doing the whole performing with her face hidden thing for a bit longer.

In a new interview with the NME, she says that her sixth solo album, '1000 Forms Of Fear', released last year, was a contractual obligation to EMI Music Publishing. She had been, she says, quite happy with her new career writing songs for other artists, which had really taken off in the six years since her previous album. It was partly due to her reluctance to release another record that she decided to hide her face while promoting it, in a bid to avoid becoming famous. Or at least having a famous face.

"Basically, I put this out to get out of my publishing deal", she said. "I was planning to be a pop song writer for other artists. But my publishing deal was as an artist so I had to put one more album out. I didn't want to get famous so I kept all the songs I wanted and had a lot of fun making it".

But having remembered that making albums is actually quite fun, she's now going to have another crack at it. And she's already got another album in the bag, which she says will be "much more pop" compared to '1000 Forms Of Fear'.

"I'm calling it 'This Is Acting' because they are songs I was writing for other people", she explained. "So I didn't go in thinking 'this is something I would say'. It's more like play-acting. It's fun".

Rolo Tomassi use tenth anniversary to announce new album
Rolo Tomassi marked the tenth anniversary of their first gig yesterday by announcing details of their fourth album. Titled 'Grievances', it will be released through Holy Roar on 1 Jun.

Vocalist Eva Spence says: "At ten years in I feel more enthused than ever with where we're at as a band. With 'Grievances', we followed on from the sound we developed on 'Astraea' and pushed that even more so to make an album we're all really proud of and which I consider to be our best material to date".

Her brother (and bandmate, obviously) James adds: "Creatively we wanted to do something ambitious and took our time in making sure the material was right. We tried new ways of writing including collaborating with other musicians for the first time to make sure we could capture the feel we wanted on this record".

There's no music to listen to or anything, but you could read this interview they did with The Independent.

NME presents some awards, Time Out-style
If you were thinking that the NME would just rock up at the Brixton Academy last night and dish out a load of awards to music types, one after the other, while enjoying some booze at the expense of the American city of Austin, then you have a pretty good handle on how these things work.

And if you were expecting us to just publish a list of who those winners were alongside a quote from NME Editor Mike Williams, well, you've done it again! Are you Mystic Meg?

Quote: "It's been an astounding year of comebacks and triumphs for Kasabian and Jamie T and their awards tonight prove it. The fans have spoken and, along with newcomers Royal Blood, they have been undoubtedly anointed as the biggest acts in the country right now. Most excitingly, none of the trio look set on slowing down any time soon!"

Winners...

Best Solo Artist: Jake Bugg
Best British Band: Kasabian
Best International Band: Foo Fighters
Best New Band: Royal Blood
Best Live Band: Royal Blood

Best Album: Kasabian - 48:13
Reissue Of The Year: Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
Best Track: Jamie T - Zombie
Dancefloor Filler: Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX - Fancy
Best Video: Jamie T - Zombie

Godlike Genius Award: Suede
Rock N Roll Soul Award: Jimmy Page
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Teenage Cancer Trust
Philip Hall Radar Award: Dean Blunt

Best Festival: Glastonbury
Small Festival Of The Year: Liverpool Psych Fest
Music Moment Of The Year: Jamie T's comeback

Best TV Show: Game Of Thrones
Best Film: Northern Soul
Best Music Film: Pulp - A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets
Book Of The Year: Viv Albertine - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

Best Fan Community: Muse
Best Band Social Media: Liam Gallagher's Twitter

Worst Band: 5 Seconds Of Summer
Villain Of The Year: Nigel Farage
Hero Of The Year: Alex Turner

Best Lyric: Happyness for "I'm wearing Win Butler's hair/There's a scalpless singer in a Montreal rock band somewhere"

Best Quote: Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno about his band's Glastonbury headline slot "Five records, ten years. We've earned our shot"

Jack White's stupid video, Taylor Swift's stupid bonus tracks, Jimi Hendrix's stupid pre-fame recordings, and other stupid stuff

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Literally no one in the history of the internet has every enjoyed the experience of watching an interactive music video. Whether they interact with it or not. Except maybe one of the Arcade Fire ones. Anyway, Jack White's had a go now. Get back to being a luddite, White!

• Taylor Swift has released a 'deluxe' edition of her '1989' album on iTunes. Some people are complaining that, having already bought the long player in its original form, they don't need the full package, but will have to pay the higher per-track price to access the new songs. But what those people are forgetting is that all bonus tracks are bullshit rubbish not worth having.

• Jimi Hendrix has been dead for 46 years, but he still keeps churning out the hits, doesn't he? His latest release is the first in a series of pre-fame recordings, featuring tracks he made with Curtis Knight & The Squires. It'll be out on 23 Mar. "Existence", said Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix.

• "I wonder when will Everything Everything release a new album", thinks out intrepid hero. "15 Jun. It is called 'Get To Heaven'", comes a distant call. "I didn't ask what it was called", shouts our hero. The voice replies, "Fuck you then, I won't show you this video for the first single, 'Distant Past'".

• Squarepusher, I have been informed, will release a new album called 'Damogen Furies' on 20 Apr. You can download a track from his website.

• The CMU approved Surf City will return with a new album of fuzzy guitar pop on 23 Mar through Fire Records.

• The Stones are releasing a new compilation on 2 Mar called 'Three Blind Mice'. The Stones who were signed to New Zealand indie label Flying Nun in the 80s that is. Who did you think I meant?

• Jamie XX will headline Mixmag Live at The Rainbow Venues on 20 Mar.

• Foo Fighters will headline the Friday night of this year's Glastonbury Festival. "Sorry", said Dave Grohl in a video to accept the award for Best International Band at last night's NME Awards.

• The BRITs will be live-streamed for non-Brits on YouTube next week. It's not the only digital tie-up to return at the awards bash, of course, because that Twitter vote thing is back again too. "Broke", said Sunil Singhvi, Head of Entertainment Partnerships at Twitter UK.

Some eggs were thrown at Justin Bieber for a thing
Justin Bieber has been pelted with eggs. As if he was his neighbour's house or something. Though don't worry, his neighbours house hasn't gone all vigilante. It's a promo for Comedy Central's incoming 'Bieber Roast'. Which, in case you wondered, is the thing.

It's possible the video is in slow motion too, but my computer is playing up so I can't be sure. I mean, it's playing in slow motion for me, but the counter is also going up very slowly. Which suggests that it's just my computer being weird. But then, it also sort of looks like it's supposed to be in slow motion. Oh wait, it's completely frozen now.

Please do watch the video and then send me a postcard explaining what happens after the first twelve seconds. And if it's supposed to be in slow motion.

 
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