MONDAY 24 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So people got a bit nippy after reading Spotify's new terms and conditions last week, didn't they? Just because the Spotify player wanted access to your address book, to see who you've been addressing of late. And just because it wanted access to your location information, to see where you've been located of late. And just because it wanted access to your sensor data, to... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks. And more drumming today. Says our reviewer of these guys: "The description 'traditional instruments of Japan' doesn't quite convey the explosion of raw power and noise that is 'Japan Marvelous Drummers'... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the long-awaited launch of Baboom, the longer awaited deletion of MegaUpload, the further protracted buy-back of SFX, and unexpected departure of Tom Jones from ‘The Voice’. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Spotify apologises for confusion over new privacy terms
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LEGAL PIPCU has now requested that domain registrars disable 317 piracy sites
EFF responds to server firm seeking to delete lost MegaUpload files
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DEALS PRS announces a new deal with Spotify
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Neil Young wants a business leader to take Pono further forward
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ARTIST NEWS One Direction hiatus in the diary, apparently
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Basement Jaxx announce special show for World Peace Day
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AND FINALLY... Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church
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AIR MEDIA - PR MANAGER (LONDON)
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PARAMOUNT ARTISTS - BOOKING AGENT (BRIGHTON)
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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERS, ARTS CLUB, LIVERPOOL; HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN AND THE BORDERLINE, LONDON (TEMPORARY CONTRACT)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation to work at Arts Club, Liverpool and at our London venues. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of London’s most established venues.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT BAR MANAGERS, LONDON VENUES
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MAMA & COMPANY - PROMOTIONAL MANAGER - ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
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OUTPOST - GRADUATE TRAINEE OPPORTUNITY (PUBLISHING & DISTRIBUTION) (LONDON)
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MUSIC CONCIERGE - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER (HERTFORD)
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THE ORCHARD - ACCOUNT CO-ORDINATOR, VIDEO SERVICES (LONDON)
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AIR ARTIST AGENCY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Air Artist Agency is an innovative live music agency. The agency represents the cream of today's jazz musicians, cutting edge innovators and mainstream established artists. With an extensive worldwide network of contacts, we book for emerging talents as well as established artists. We are looking for a personal assistant to one of our directors.

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AUDIO NETWORK - PRODUCT AND A&R MANAGER (LONDON)
Working in our London office, we are looking for a music industry professional with passion and experience to join the Audio Network Music Team, primarily as cross discipline (B2B and B2C) Product Manager but also in support of all A&R functions.

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Spotify apologises for confusion over new privacy terms
So people got a bit nippy after reading Spotify's new terms and conditions last week, didn't they?

Just because the Spotify player wanted access to your address book, to see who you've been addressing of late. And just because it wanted access to your location information, to see where you've been located of late. And just because it wanted access to your sensor data, to see what you've been sensing of late.

And just because it wanted access to your media files, to see what you've been mediating of late. And just because it wanted access to your photos, to see what you've been photographing of late. And just because it wanted access to your home every third weekend, to browse through your CD collection, magazine box and underwear drawer, to see what you've been playing, reading and wearing of late.

What's creepy about any of that? And without all this privileged access to your private life, how is Spotify ever meant to know that that Voice Of The Beehive track has very special memories for you, and should be put onto your personal playlist every seven weeks?

But some people thought these new terms (most of which I didn't make up) were far from acceptable. Though worry not - angry tweeters and subscription cancellers - because this wasn't the Spotify massive staging a full-on assault against your article eight rights under the European Convention. No. This was just one of those communication cock-ups that are so fashionable these days

"We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they've caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it", declared Spotify overlord Daniel Ek. "We apologise for that. We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used".

He understands people's concerns, Ek went on, but Spotify would never nab your photos, or your location information, or your microphone, or your contacts, without asking for your explicit permission first, and they'd never force you to share such things either. Not only that, but "we have heard your concerns loud and clear and we will further update the new privacy policy in the coming weeks to better reflect what we have explained above".

Phew. And I have to say, I for one am both convinced and relieved. Though Ek writing all this in note he left on my pillow in the middle of the night was a little bit creepy.

PIPCU has now requested that domain registrars disable 317 piracy sites
The City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit – or PIPCU to its closest allies – has to date requested that domain name registrars suspend 317 pirate sites, according to Torrentfreak, which accessed the stat via a Freedom On Information request.

We knew PIPCU had written to a number of domain registrars explaining how one or another of their customers was running piracy operations using domains that the recipient registrar manages.

Obviously, as a policing unit rather than a court, PIPCU has no actual authority to order those registrars to disable the domains of the offending websites, though the letter sent usually pointed out that – by infringing copyright via their domain – said customers were in breach of the registrar's own terms and conditions. The implication being that the registrar might like to do something about that.

And some registrars did just that, though some others ignored the letters, stressing that they would – and possibly could – only disable a domain in their control if ordered to do so by a court of law, where the operators of the offending website would, in theory at least, have an opportunity to defend themselves if they so wished. Canadian domain registrar easyDNS was particularly vocal on all this.

Interested to know how prolific PIPCU had been with this letter sending campaign ever since the specialist IP crime unit was established just under two years ago, Torrentfreak posted an FoI request. And the website reports that: "In total, PIPCU has sent out suspension requests for 317 domain names, up from 75 around the same time last year".

In addition to targeting domain registrars, PIPCU also told Torrentfreak that it had sent warning letters directly to the operators of 377 piracy websites, all of which had been referred to the policing unit by entertainment industry trade groups.

What PIPCU wasn't able to tell Torrentfreak is how successful these letter sending initiatives have been, in terms of how many websites have voluntarily shut down their copyright infringing operations, and how many registrars have disabled offending domains.

Given the police unit recently had a good brag about the success of its work to deter big brands from advertising on piracy sites, the fact it was less willing to share about the success of its letter sending initiatives may mean they haven't been as effective, though not necessarily.

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EFF responds to server firm seeking to delete lost MegaUpload files
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has re-entered the debate over the lost MegaUpload files after the new owners of hosting company Carpathia requested permission to delete the data it is still storing from the long defunct file-transfer platform.

As much previously reported, Carpathia was one of the key providers of server space to MegaUpload before it was shutdown by the US authorities in 2012, amidst allegations of rampant copyright infringement. Ever since then, the server firm has been holding on to all the data MegaUpload customers had uploaded to its platform before the shutdown. But earlier this month the company's new owner said it now wanted to wipe all that data, because of the cost of storing servers it is not actually able to use.

However, on those servers, in amongst all the copyright infringing music and movie files that definitely were distributed via MegaUpload, is plenty of content legitimately uploaded by users, some of whom lost access to their files – without back-ups – and without warning, all the way back in 2012.

The EFF has been representing one of those people, sports journalist Kyle Goodwin, ever since, as he desperately tries to get his content back. The judge overseeing all this has been sympathetic to Goodwin in the past, though the US authorities who instigated the MegaUpload shutdown have generally just pointed out that, under the defunct company's terms, customers were advised to keep local back ups of files.

Meanwhile the feds – and the music and movie industries – didn't just want MegaUpload turned back on to allow the likes of Goodwin to reclaim their files, because other users could have used that time to download all the unlicensed content stored on the servers. But no other solution for reconnecting users with legit files has ever been forthcoming from the authorities or the entertainment industry's trade groups.

Responding to the news that Carpathia was now looking to delete all the files on the old MegaUpload servers, the EFF said on Friday: "When the government seized Megaupload's assets and servers in January 2012, Mr Goodwin lost access to video files containing months of his professional work. Today, EFF filed a brief on behalf of Mr Goodwin asking, once again, for the return of the files".

It went on: "Recently a new company took control of Carpathia. This new company, QTS Realty Trust, took the opportunity to remind the court that it's still paying to store and preserve the servers that it can't dispose of. So EFF and the firm of Williams Mullen, on behalf of Mr Goodwin, took this opportunity to remind the court that Mr Goodwin, and those like him, still need to get their files back".

Concluding, the EFF said: "Kyle Goodwin, and others like him, did nothing but legitimately use a cloud storage service to house legal files. In Kyle's case, it was business files, but many others lost access to personal and private information as well. We believe the time has come for those folks to get their data back. We hope the court agrees".

PRS announces a new deal with Spotify
So, I agreed to the new terms and conditions on Spotify the other day, and when I opened up my CMU Daily template this morning this announcement had just been plonked here. Thanks Dan!

No, not really. Though if there's one thing that can drown out the moaning of privacy geeks obsessing about the new Spotify t+cs, it's the moaning of any songwriters you've just managed to bamboozle into a conversation about streaming royalties. "Unsustainable! Unworkable! Unfair!", they'll almost certainly declare. With a nice little rhyme thrown in for good measure. Like what I did there, just for your pleasure.

But none of that is stopping the UK publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music from signing up to a new two-year multi-territory deal with the Spotifys. The new arrangement covers a wide-ranging repertoire, with a big slice of the works controlled by PRS in the UK and IMRO in Ireland licensed on a pan-European basis. And in the UK and Ireland itself, songs from 100+ other affiliated societies around the globe are included too.

What about the hub, you ask? What about the SPVs, you ask? I don't know. Let's just accept a new deal has been done giving Spotify access to a significant catalogue of songs, and we'll get into the specifics another day. Agreed? Good. Now you can get on with reading these quality quotes. Or moaning about Spotify's new privacy terms. Or worrying about the impact of streaming income on the songwriting community. Whichever you prefer really.

PRS For Music's Head Of Online Ben McEwen: "We are excited to continue working with Spotify, a relationship that allows millions of users across the globe to enjoy our members' repertoire. The prodigious growth of Spotify is helping to shape a strong future for dynamic, legitimate streaming services, and we support this thriving online market that recognises and remunerates the works of the creator".

Spotify's Global Head Of Publisher Relations James Duffett-Smith: "We are very happy to be able to announce the continuation of our successful relationship with PRS For Music. We very much appreciate the ongoing support of PRS For Music and the fantastic publishers and songwriters they represent, and look forward to continuing to build a sustainable future for the creators at the heart of the music industry".

Neil Young wants a business leader to take Pono further forward
Whilst making that previously reported Pono Promise last week, Neil Young also posted a long update on this super high quality download store to Facebook, in which he reviewed the progress his digital music venture has made to date, bigged up his business partners and financial backers, and then declared the search is still on for someone to lead this business on his behalf.

Young wrote: "We are a little company doing what only one giant corporation has been able to do before. And we are doing some things they have not done. We are serving hi res master files of your favourite music. We have an engaged and thriving online community. With no advertising we have put tens of thousands of players and hundreds of thousands of tracks in the ears of music lovers. We do this by working with many companies who help us to provide the quality we serve".

On his backers, he wrote: "Investors who support Pono with resources come partly from the music industry. Some are musicians, others are entrepreneurs who love music, and some are just good folk who love music and have the resources to support us. We have a few friends with resources from their successful businesses. These music-loving friends have graciously supported us, and helped us to avoid some costly mistakes with their sage advice. We have only one venture capitalist behind us. We greatly appreciate all of these supporters, as well as our original Kickstarter supporters".

On the need for someone to lead the venture moving forward, Young mused on: "We have no proven business leader at the head of our company, but the search continues for one who could do it to our liking and understand what our goal is and how big it is. We are
still looking. We have a big goal". One of Pono's backers did take on the job of CEO for a time, though there hasn't been anyone in that role for a year now.

You can read Neil Young's full update here if you so wish. And yes, CMU Editor Andy Malt is still away. So let's all declare: "PONO IS FUCKING AMAZING". Even if it isn't.

  From The Fringe: Japan Marvelous Drummers
Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks.

And more drumming today. Says our reviewer of these guys: "The description 'traditional instruments of Japan' doesn't quite convey the explosion of raw power and noise that is 'Japan Marvelous Drummers'. So be prepared: this show is big, loud, and utterly wonderful".

He goes on: "With astounding skill and stamina, eight musicians work their way through not only drums of all kinds but also Koto harps, flutes and clarinets, presenting everything with charming good humour. The feats of strength are staggering – watching a man struggle to hold up a drum the size of a tumble dryer while two musclebound drummers beat it mercilessly is an image that will stay with you. The drummers deserve to pack out the George Square Theatre before the end of their run, and I sincerely hope they do"

Japan Marvelous Drummers is on at Assembly George Square Theatre in Edinburgh until 30 Aug.

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One Direction hiatus in the diary, apparently
You know One Direction right? You know... they have that song that goes "na, na, na, naaaaah". You know the one I mean? I love that song. So much, in fact, I refuse to name it. Because for me, it's the pop music equivalent of 'Macbeth'.

Then it goes "boobi-doobi-do. I mean there's actual words in the actual song. But those words have come to mean so much to me, that just typing them here on this page would kickstart an emotional breakdown that, frankly, none of us could contend with, not on a day like this. I think it was Harry who conceived the essence of this song. In fact I know it was. Because this song has got that very kind of essence. The Harry Styles kind of essence.

"Ya-ya-ya-ya-da". That's how it goes next. Which some would say is a little obvious. But going that obvious, really isn't that obvious, is it? No, it isn't. That's what you're forgetting. And I'd be feeling really rather embarrassed around about now if I was you. Because that "Ya-ya-ya-ya-da", while obvious, is also inspired. I can hear Louis' involvement there. It's a typically inspiring Louis Tomlinson moment.

And then there's the guitar bit. "Nya, nya, nya, nya, nya" it seems to go. I mean it doesn't actually go "Nya, nya, nya, nya, nya". It's a guitar. It's making guitar sounds. But those guitar sounds, boy, they're real guitar sounds. Not pointless rock guitar sounds. Pop guitar sounds, like God intended. I'm pretty sure we have Niall to thank for this bit. And I do thank him for this bit. Every day of every week of every month. Even Wednesdays. And even in the third week of April. Thank you Niall Horan. "Nya, nya, nya, nya, nya". Love it.

But then, wow, just when you're least expecting it, there's that slow down at the end. "Mnar, Mnar, Mnar, Mnar" it seems to go. And I'll admit it. I didn't see it coming. Not first time out. Totally took me by surprise. And I can remember how elated that made me feel. I reckon we have Liam to thank for the slowdown at the end. And therefore, also for the elation I felt the first time I heard it. Which is just like Liam Payne. He is the undeniable king of elation.

And the chorus. Oh, what a chorus. Round and round it goes. And then there's the middle eight. Ah, the middle eight. I bet that was Zayn. Because I've listened to all the new 1D songs, and they're magnificent, obviously, but I've not heard a middle eight like this one, not since Zayn left. And while things will never be quite the same now that Zayn Malik has left One Direction, I still get to enjoy that glorious middle eight. And for that I will always be thankful.

"So different" it goes, "so easy" it adds, "and now I'm caught...". Oh hang on. I'm thinking of 'Caught In The Middle' by A1. Great song. Anyway, The Sun reckons One Direction are going on hiatus next March and won't tour their fifth album.

Basement Jaxx announce special show for World Peace Day
Basement Jaxx have announced a special live show in Koko in London on 21 Sep to mark World Peace Day, which is an actual thing. Joining the duo will be a varied cast of special guests including the LCV Choir and The London Ballet Company. The whole shebang will raise money for initiatives instituted by Peace One Day.

Confirming all this, Felix Buxton of the Jaxx said: "My aim is to inform as many people as possible about this important and inspiring day. It is not only about peace and ceasefire in war zones, it is about peace in our homes, our relationships, our schools, our work and finding peace in our hearts. Just think. We start with one day, then two... and we move towards global peace. NOW is the perfect time to start transforming our world and our minds. We welcome all cynics, those seeking to embrace positivity and those who just want to have a great night out! "

Hey, that's me, thrice over. Good times. Tickets went on sale this morning here.

Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church
That crazy Westboro Baptist Church bunch set themselves up outside a Foo Fighters gig on Friday to do one of their crazy protests. But I think the band got the last laugh. Again.

On hearing that the Westboro lot were in town, the band found themselves a pick-up truck and drove past the protestors with Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' blaring out the speakers, and carrying signs declaring 'Keep It Clean' and 'You got Rickroll'd (again)'.

It's not the first time the band have responded to a Westboro protest outside one of their gigs by firing back with a tune, though it was still a fun little episode, which was captured on camera here.

 
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