TUESDAY 28 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As the Canadian government sets about with its plans to extend the sound recording copyright term from 50 to 70 years, ministers in the country are being urged to overhaul a previous scheme designed to help the content industries, the so called 'notice and notice' system. The anti-piracy scheme went live earlier this year. It means that internet service providers are obliged... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Originally released on SoundCloud last month, and taken from Skepta's upcoming new album 'Konnichiwa', 'Shutdown' has already had over two million plays on the site. Rapidly following is the video for the track, released on Sunday. Highlighting the inroads Skepta has made taking grime out of the UK, the track is bookended by samples of a couple of Drake Vine videos... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Canadian ministers asked to reform anti-piracy 'notice and notice' scheme
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal rejigs US structure, phases out standalone distribution division
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING More Momentum money dished out
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Former Deezer MD joins 7digital board
BitTorrent Inc lays off a third of US workforce
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MEDIA You thought it was dead but Simon Cowell's DJ talent show is back, thanks to Yahoo!
The Osbournes' TV reunion cancelled
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RELEASES Conor Maynard announces new single
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ONE LINERS PJ Harvey signs to AGI, Billy Corgan joins TNA, Roisin Murphy to play ABC, and more fun with acronyms (actually none)
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AND FINALLY... Morrissey: Crowdfunding is "desperate and insulting"
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Canadian ministers asked to reform anti-piracy 'notice and notice' scheme
As the Canadian government sets about with its plans to extend the sound recording copyright term from 50 to 70 years, ministers in the country are being urged to overhaul a previous scheme designed to help the content industries, the so called 'notice and notice' system.

The anti-piracy scheme went live earlier this year. It means that internet service providers are obliged to forward warning letters from copyright owners to web-users suspected of accessing unlicensed sources of content. It is similar to the Copyright Alert System in the US, though that is a voluntary scheme set up by the ISP industry, whereas Canada's notice and notice initiative was instigated by government.

But ministers are now being encouraged to review the scheme because of concerns over the content of the letters some rights owners provide to ISPs. These letters often encourage suspected file-sharers to pay a fine (tens or hundreds of dollars) to avoid future legal action, though if a recipient does so, it provides the rights owner with the file-sharer's contact information, something they don't have a statutory right to get from the ISP.

As previously reported, Rightscorp - which helps some rights owners with this kind of anti-piracy activity - was criticised early on for sending letters to Canadian consumers that set out the potential damages they could face if they were sued for copyright infringement. This is pretty common, but the firm stated the highest possible American rather than Canadian damages. And possible damages for this kind of infringement are way higher under US copyright law.

Those and other concerns about the documents being sent via ISPs to suspected file-sharers have now been outlined in a letter to Canada's Minister Of Industry James Moore, signed by an assortment of consumer rights, copyright reform and academic groups, and referring to companies like Rightscorp by that always contentious term 'copyright trolls'.

According to Torrentfreak, the letter reads: "As we feared, copyright trolls have in fact taken advantage of the notice and notice system to ramp up their abusive practices in Canada. We have seen notices claiming infringement of foreign law, misrepresenting the scope of damages recipients potentially face, omitting mention of defences, and failing to identify the notice as a mere allegation of infringement".

Critics of the scheme say that the minister should introduce a number of new rules to the notice and notice initiative, including making clear in the letters that users face mere allegations of infringement (rather than implying infringement has already been proven), forcing rights owners to outline copyright exceptions, and banning the upfront settlement demands.

The signatories also propose - in the long term - new rules to discourage what the letter calls 'abuse of copyright'. It says: "Canada requires a legislative response to the abusive and deceitful tactics of a minority of copyright owners and their agents. The emergence of a cottage industry of copyright trolls and their migration to Canada is just one example of how copyright can be abused. The next round of copyright reform must include a copyright misuse provision to curb such wrong-doing".

Universal rejigs US structure, phases out standalone distribution division
No one likes the word "distribution" anymore, do they? It's all commercial services, label services, artist services, these days. How did 'services' become such a popular word?

Anyway, Universal Music in the US is having a little restructure, and as part of it the Universal Music Group Distribution brand will be phased out. The revamp follows the departure last year of Jim Urie, who had headed up the major's American distribution operations since 2000.

The distribution and other commercial activities previously undertaken by Universal Music Group Distribution will be moved into other units at the major, according to Billboard.

So, for example, Candance Berry, previously GM of the distribution division, will become Exec VP Of Sales at the major, while brand partnership operations previously under UMGD will be merged into a new team led by Mike Tunnicliffe, Exec VP of Business Development And Partnerships.

It's not clear whether the rejig will result in any redundancies, though there's at least one new hire as a result of the restructuring, with Peter Sinclair joining from ScoreBig.com as Senior VP Of Consumer Engagement, to expand the major's direct-to-fan operations.

More Momentum money dished out
I'm pretty sure there's a new batch of Momentum Music Fund grants announced every other week, but I'm assured it's a quarterly thing. No sense of the passing of time, me.

Anyway, here is the latest list of music making types receiving funding from Momentum, the much previously reported Arts Council-funded and PRS For Music Foundation-run grants scheme for artists looking to take their careers to the next level. Boom...

Chelou - to fund recording, touring and marketing
Cosmo Sheldrake - to fund debut album recording and marketing
Folly Rae - to fund EP recording, release and campaign
Gengahr - to fund touring
Hawk Eyes - to fund recording, tour and marketing
IV ROX - to fund recording, tour and marketing
Koreless - to fund album recording and tour
Mary Epworth - to fund album recording, tour and marketing
Oceaan - to fund touring and marketing
Oh Wonder - to fund album release and campaign
Phoria - to fund album recording and campaign
Sincere - to fund EP campaign and tour
The Square - to fund album recording, tour and marketing

And if you were expecting a quote from Arts Council England Chair Peter Bazalgette at the end of all this, then you are going to be disappointed. Though only if you don't like being right. Because yes, here he is. His great, great granddad made magnificent sewers don't you know.

Says the ACE top bloke: "Well done to all the successful artists in this latest round, another investment in the next generation of talent. The Momentum Music Fund provides much-needed funding for emerging talent ready to make the next step in their career, and makes a real difference to those involved. It's encouraging to see applications being made by such a wide range of artists".

Artist seeking funding for future projects have until 2 Jun to apply for the next batch of Momentum grants. Info here.

Former Deezer MD joins 7digital board
Mark Foster, last seen in these parts heading up Deezer in the UK and now leading Arts Alliance Ventures, has joined the board of 7digital in a non-executive role because, well, why the hell not I say.

He'll bring his knowledge from running Deezer's operations in the UK and Ireland - and previous digital and marketing consultancy projects - to 7digital as it further shifts its business from providing white-label download stores to powering various streaming and online radio platforms

Confirmation of Foster's appointment to the board followed last week's AGM for the now publicly listed 7digital where, we are told, all resolutions put to shareholders were duly passed.

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BitTorrent Inc lays off a third of US workforce
Tech firm BitTorrent Inc - best known for developing the technology that powers so much file-sharing but which also dabbles in direct-to-fan channels - made almost a third of its US workforce redundant on Thursday last week. Between 40 and 45 of the 150 employees at the company's US headquarters reportedly lost their jobs.

Confirming the news to Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for the company said: "We've recently realigned resources based on a regular evaluation of the business. Regrettably, this did include some employee departures. The business however, remains healthy, profitable and growing".

But an unnamed source told TorrentFreak: "The ads team has been gutted as have several other groups - more development work is being sent to the BitTorrent team in Minsk. Only one person from senior management was let go, as is often the case in these types of things".

Another claimed that the cuts were due to "very unrealistic revenue projections" in the past, which had led to the company expanding too quickly.

Last year, BitTorrent launched the ability for artists to charge for music released through its Bundle platform, with Thom Yorke the first to do so. Subsequently, artists such as Diplo and Ratking have used the system to release new content. However, although some releases report high download numbers in the millions, it's not clear how many people are then paying to unlock them (or simply taking the free tracks offered in bundles).

You thought it was dead but Simon Cowell's DJ talent show is back, thanks to Yahoo!
After several years in on-off production, it seems that Simon Cowell's DJ talent show is actually going to make it to the screen. Or, specifically, Yahoo! Screen.

At the NewFront marketing conference yesterday, Yahoo! announced plans for various new shows to add to its roster of original programming, amongst them 'Ultimate DJ', which is described as "the World Cup of EDM".

The show is being co-produced by Syco's Cowell and Kelly Belldegrun, and Ultra Records' Patrick Moxey - previous partnerships with Overbrook Entertainment and SFX Entertainment having fallen through - and will see 'EDM' DJs compete for a record deal with Ultra.

"I have always been excited to be involved in a show where you have the chance to discover a star", said Cowell in a statement. "And to do that, I know from experience you need great partners and the rest will follow. We're excited to be partnering with Patrick Moxey of Ultra Records and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted to bring this series to Yahoo".

Moxey added: "Ultra Records has broken many of the biggest electronic DJ artists of today and we're thrilled to be a part of this series for Yahoo! to bring the newest electronic music DJ artists to a massive audience".

All voting on the show will take place through Tumblr, the blogging platform Yahoo! acquired in 2013. "It's yet another example of the growing convergence and synergies we are finding between the two platforms", said Yahoo! Chief Marketing Officer Kathy Savitt of this 'innovation'.

Yahoo! also announced the renewal of its concert streaming deal with Live Nation, adding five festivals to its daily live music streams.

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The Osbournes' TV reunion cancelled
Plans for a new mini-series of 'The Osbournes' on VH1 have been scrapped, an exec for the TV channel has revealed.

As previously reported, Sharon Osbourne announced plans for a revival of the reality show last year. Speaking on her US chat show 'The Talk', she said: "[Ozzy] looked back on his life and he said 'I wish we could've done the show now when I'm clean and sober'. It's not as much coming back as a proper series, but as an update".

And now it's not as much coming back as... well, just not coming back.

VH1's Exec VP Original Programming And Production Susan Levison told The Hollywood Reporter: "We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that's not going to happen. We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn't come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We'd love to figure out a way to work with them at some point in the future".

  Approved: Skepta
Originally released on SoundCloud last month, and taken from Skepta's upcoming new album 'Konnichiwa', 'Shutdown' has already had over two million plays on the site. Rapidly following is the video for the track, released on Sunday.

Highlighting the inroads Skepta has made taking grime out of the UK, the track is bookended by samples of a couple of Drake Vine videos (following a nod to Skepta on the Canadian rapper's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' mixtape) and also features a sampled complaint about Kanye West's performance at the BRITs, at which Skepta and numerous members of the UK grime scene appeared. But these references aside, the track stays true to the rapper's roots making no concessions in sound to appeal to the wider audience he is nonetheless attracting.

Skepta and JME, who is also set to release a new album this year, will play the last of this year's Dome shows at The Great Escape on 16 May.

Check out the video for 'Shutdown' here.
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Conor Maynard announces new single
Conor Maynard will release a new Labrinth-produced single called 'Royalty' on 5 Jul.

Speaking about the creation of the track, Maynard says of Labrinth: "He knew exactly what he wanted to create, in such detail that it took us three hours to record the first verse. I had to sing in a swing/jazz style, which I never imagined I'd even attempt. 'Royalty' really does sound like nothing else out there, which is such a rare quality in pop".

Bold words. Though it reminds me a bit of our Eurovision entry. Watch the video here.

PJ Harvey signs to AGI, Billy Corgan joins TNA, Roisin Murphy to play ABC, and more fun with acronyms (actually none)

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• New York-based booking agency AGI has signed PJ Harvey for North America. The singer, currently working on a ninth studio album, was previously booked by CAA in the region.

• Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has taken a new job as Producer, Creative and Talent Development at TNA Wrestling. The role will see him develop characters and storylines for the company's 'Impact Wrestling' show. "As cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive", says Corgan.

• As if Refused getting back together wasn't bad enough, now they've further sullied their legacy by recording a new album. That's out on 30 Jun. You could listen to the first track from it, 'Elektra', but I wouldn't bother cos it is shit.

• Frankie And The Heartstrings have announced that they will return with their third album, 'Decency', on 10 Jul. Here's first track, 'Save It For Tonight'.

• Roisin Murphy has announced three UK shows in November, which will follow the release of her new album 'Hairless Toys' on 11 May. She'll play Glasgow's ABC on 14 Nov, Manchester's Albert Hall on 25 Nov, and the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 27 Nov. Here's the video for new single 'Exploitation'.

• Wolf Alice have announced tour dates for September, which will close with a show at the Brixton Academy on 26 Sep.

• Editors have announced UK tour dates for October, including a show at London's Hammersmith Apollo on 13 Sep. The band's fifth album will also be out this autumn. You can download the first track from it, 'No Harm', from their website.

• Unicorn's Alden Penner will be touring the UK in June. It might interest you to know that Michael Cera will be appearing as a member of his band. Or not, whatever.

Morrissey: Crowdfunding is "desperate and insulting"
Last year Morrissey put out a new album, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'. But then he fell out with Universal/Capitol's Harvest imprint and revoked the licensing deal through which it had been released. As a result, it was removed from sale.

At the time, Morrissey said he believed that there was "a label out there with my name on it, and one that will issue 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', and afford it the respect it deserves". No such label has yet been found though.

Confirming that the search has been fruitless, the singer told Spanish newspaper El Pais: "I recently contacted some labels and all have rejected me. Pop music lives in the era of marketing which just leads to people with very low levels of competition, it is much easier to get rid of them once six months of fame have evaporated".

But music also lives in an era of greater options for independent artists, leaving many to wonder why he hasn't just self-released the record, maybe crowdfunding to cover the initial costs. Well, here's your answer: "[Crowdfunding] is a desperate measure, and insulting to your audience".

As a result, Morrissey is now solely a touring artist, it seems. But he's fine with that: "It's the only option left for me but fortunately it's very good and exciting. The only unpleasant part of this is that, whenever a concert is cancelled the story captures attention, but if the concert takes place it will hardly be mentioned. Many people enjoy writing negative things about me. Which is fine with me. Let them, if it makes them happy".

OK, Moz. Thanks.

 
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