WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Legal reps for MegaUpload have argued that the American government should buy the shed load of servers that contain files once uploaded to the defunct file-transfer platform, so that the data stored on them can be kept as evidence, and be ultimately returned to the people who uploaded the content in the first place. As much previously reported, when the US authorities... [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 today 'Soweto Afro-Pop Opera' at the C venue, which may sound like a mish-mash of genres, but really it's anything but. Says our reviewer: "This trio delight with their obvious joy for performance... [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 Lawyers say the US government should buy servers holding lost MegaUpload data
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DEALS Sony's catalogue unit secures bulk of Van Morrison catalogue, reissues aplenty incoming
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LIVE BUSINESS Eventbrite ticketing app comes to wearables
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MEDIA Radio app TuneIn launches premium service
BBC radio allowed to premiere programmes online, but not with music shows
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EDUCATION & EVENTS Una to stage monthly Twitter chats on live music issues
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ARTIST NEWS Video director says The Weeknd promo rips off his work
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Bruce Dickinson to upgrade his plane for next Iron Maiden tour
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ONE LINERS Universal Canada, Ole, Velvet Underground and two more
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AND FINALLY... New Daft Punk action figures incoming
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Lawyers say the US government should buy servers holding lost MegaUpload data
Legal reps for MegaUpload have argued that the American government should buy the shed load of servers that contain files once uploaded to the defunct file-transfer platform, so that the data stored on them can be kept as evidence, and be ultimately returned to the people who uploaded the content in the first place.

As much previously reported, when the US authorities took controversial file-transfer set-up MegaUpload offline in 2012, at the same time charging its management with various crimes, users of the service lost access to files they were storing on the company's servers without warning. A lot of it was copyright infringing music and movies, but not all of it, and some people lost access to content they themselves had created.

MegaUpload actually rented server space from other companies, which were left with disconnected hard-disks full of content after the shutdown, and nobody paying them to continue storing the files those servers contained.

A debate then ensued as to what should happen to those servers, and whether those who had used MegaUpload for legit purposes should and could get their files back. Although the courts were sympathetic with customers caught in the crossfire, the US government, music and movie industries weren't very helpful when it came to finding a way to reconnect users with their non-infringing content.

One server company in Europe then deleted the MegaUpload data it had stored, but the biggest server firm used by the defunct business, US-based Carpathia, is still storing its former MegaUpload files, not least because the American authorities said they might need access to them as part of the criminal investigation into the former file-transfer service and its management.

But, as previously reported, Carpathia was recently acquired by another company called QTS, and it is not so keen to carry on covering the costs of storing a shed full of servers it can't actually use, and therefore went to court earlier this month seeking permission to wipe those hard-disks clean once and for all.

The former MegaUpload management – and especially founder Kim Dotcom – are against this proposal, as is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been assisting some of those who lost their files during the 2012 shutdown. The former reckon that they might need access to the servers to gather evidence if the criminal or civil cases against them ever reach court, while both remain hopeful former MegaUpload customers might one day get their content back.

According to Torrentfreak, in a new court filing, reps for the former MegaUpload managers write: "The database servers can show safe harbour compliance. The web servers can show the copyright neutral nature of the interface design. The content servers in combination with other data can show fair use and substantial non-infringing uses and users".

The filing goes on to allege that the US authorities' blasé attitude to the lost MegaUpload data might not just be indifference or arrogance towards affected customers, but a deliberate attempt to beef up their case in court, should America ever successfully extradite Dotcom et al.

Because, say Team Mega, the feds have taken a copy of a small sample of data from the Carpathia servers which will show MegaUpload being used to infringe copyright, though that might not show the full picture of the defunct operation. But if the rest of the Carpathia data is now deleted, it would be impossible for anyone to demonstrate that.

The legal men write: "The government cannot criminally and civilly indict all the revenues arising out of all the global users of the MegaUpload cloud storage site in the largest copyright case in history, while at the same time cherry picking a sliver evidence to retain for trial and throwing away the rest to manifestly prevent the mounting of a fair defence".

The MegaUpload lawyers seem to concede that it is unfair that Carpathia should have to continue to cover the costs of storing the lost data. The solution, they therefore reckon, is that the US government should buy and store the servers until progress can be made on the legal case against Dotcom and his former colleagues. "The government should bear the cost of such purchase and preservation", they add.

It remains to be seen how the judge overseeing the case now rules regarding the lost MegaUpload data.

Sony's catalogue unit secures bulk of Van Morrison catalogue, reissues aplenty incoming
Sony Music's catalogue division Legacy Recordings has got itself control of every Van Morrison album ever, apart from those that pre-date 1971, apart from those he recorded with the band Them.

Which is to say, Legacy has acquired the rights to Morrison's post-1971 solo output, and recordings by his 1960s band Them, which – while missing a couple of big releases – is nevertheless the "most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint". So that's a thing.

But what does that mean for you, exactly? Well, a flurry of compilations, some deluxe Legacy Editions, and a load of Van Morrison tunes hitting the streaming services for the first time this Friday.

And now here's Legacy Recordings President Adam Block with a quote: "Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music".

True, true. But there's more. "He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs" adds Block. "Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalogue and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world".

Eventbrite ticketing app comes to wearables
"Self-service ticketing platform" - as it calls itself, and it kind of works - Eventbrite is bringing ticketing to your watch. So watch out for that. Ha. Can you tell I've been living in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe for twenty days? Such is the comedy. And such is the tiredness that will stop me from deleting that line in the edit.

Anyway, the Eventbrite ticketing app is now available for Apple Watch, Android Wear and Pebble Time, which are all things, meaning promoters selling tickets via the platform will now be able to check-in punters by scanning the code displayed on their wrist.

Punters will also be able to use to the app to discover events that are happening near their wrist and, should they be up for then shifting said wrist to the exact location of said event, they'll be able to buy tickets through their watch as well. If only they had some sort of device to help make sure they then showed up on time.

Says Eventbrite's Head Of Marketing in the UK, Marino Fresch: "At Eventbrite, we're constantly improving the ticket purchase and check-in experience. Bringing our ticketing technology to wearables is another step in our efforts to remove friction wherever possible, eliminating queues and waiting times for attendees and making vital data available to organisers whenever and wherever they need it".

Radio app TuneIn launches premium service
TuneIn, the radio app that gives you free access to radio stations and podcasts from across the world, has launched a new premium version of its service.

It puts the app into competition with Sirius in North America, and possibly any other radio firms with ambitions in the subscription service space. Though arguably - if it works - TuneIn Premium could be a way for radio programme makers to generate new indirect subscription revenues, in much the same way Netflix works with TV companies.

People who sign up to TuneIn Premium - which is available in the US, Canada and UK at launch - will get access to 600 commercial-free radio stations provided by a stack of broadcasting partners, and which together will offer a lot of music options.

Though the premium app is being mainly marketed at the moment with the sporting content that has been secured, with deals in place to provide coverage of Major League Baseball games in the US, and football from the UK Premier League and German Bundesliga.

Announcing the new premium level, TuneIn CEO John Donham said: "With the introduction of TuneIn Premium we are taking the world's best audio content and putting it all in one place. In today's crowded audio landscape, our focus on exclusive news, talk, sports, and music allows us to deliver an unparalleled listening experience to our users".

Of course, if apps like this, offering a plethora of music-based radio channels, were ever seen to be competing with streaming music services of the Spotify model, that might throw up some interesting licensing chatter within the music industry.

In that, should radio services operating under something akin to a traditional broadcast music license, usually provided by the music industry's collective licensing system, be then bundled up into a subscription-based app that competes with a Spotify, which is more directly licensed by the music rights sector at considerably higher rates? That could be a fun conversation to have someday, couldn't it?

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BBC radio allowed to premiere programmes online, but not with music shows
The BBC Trust has given permission to the Corporation's radio stations to make certain programmes available online ahead of actual broadcast by up to seven days, though only for speech-based shows, not music radio.

Previously BBC radio was not allowed to do any 'first listen online' type promotions via the radio version of the iPlayer, but following a BBC Trust review of Radio 4, 5live and their sister channels such a thing will now be possible.

Confirming this rule change, BBC Trustee Elan Closs Stephens told reporters: "The BBC was built on its radio services, and the continued success of Radio 4 and 5live are testament to the quality of what they continue to provide millions of listeners with every day. As more people go online for news and sport, the BBC must make sure it's continuing to provide what they want, so we've approved some changes to help with this and we'll expect the stations to continue to develop what they're offering online".

Una to stage monthly Twitter chats on live music issues
Previously reported on new ticketing service Una, a sort of Oyster card for ticketing, has announced a new initiative via which it will stage a monthly Twitter conversation about the live music and festival market, the first of which will be co-hosted by the Association Of Independent Festivals.

Says the innovative ticketing start-up: "The chat, labelled Una Asks, is designed to generate discussion, ask questions and give some insight into the workings of the events industry. It will take place on a monthly basis - taking place on the first Thursday of every month, starting at midday and running until 1pm, allowing those with busy schedules to have their say while eating some lunch".

The first Una Asks will take place on @UnaTickets on 3 Sep at midday looking at the issue of headliners, and how important the top billed acts are for ticket sales.

  From The Fringe: Soweto Afro Pop Opera
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 today 'Soweto Afro-Pop Opera' at the C venue, which may sound like a mish-mash of genres, but really it's anything but. Says our reviewer: "This trio delight with their obvious joy for performance, combining soulful vocals with infectious personalities to demonstrate the huge variety and versatility of South African music"

She goes on: "From the traditional 'pata-pata' to 'Ave Maria', they show the influences of the western world on the sounds of their own country. They're great characters, keeping the audience totally enthralled as they flit between slower and livelier pieces".

The show runs at C at the Edinburgh Fringe until 31 Aug.

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Video director says The Weeknd promo rips off his work
A video director called Mitch Moore reckons that the promo for The Weeknd's most recent single rips off a video he made for Canadian duo Majical Cloudz which was never actually released.

The video for The Weeknd track 'Can't Feel My Face' went online late last month, and in it the singer is performing to an unimpressed audience in a club venue, until someone sets him on fire and the everyone really starts to dig the show. Moore says that's all very similar to his Majical Cloudz promo.

The director wrote on the Instagrams yesterday: "So about a year ago, I directed a video for Majical Cloudz. Because of creative differences, it never came out. But the production was large, and many feedback emails were sent out with private uploads of the edit".

He goes on: "It's come to my attention that somebody at the helm of a certain mega popular video must have seen one or more of these unreleased edits. The resemblance is too uncanny. My mind is a mansion of creativity, so this petty theft is NBD to me. But I'm still calling the police!!"

And if you want to compare and contrast, Moore included a little clip too.

Bruce Dickinson to upgrade his plane for next Iron Maiden tour
Lots of bands will say that their next tour is going to be bigger and better than their last one, but few mean that their frontman is planning on piloting an even bigger plane next time they tour the world.

But Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for a licence to fly his band, crew and twelve tons of kit to six continents in a Boeing 747-400 next year. And while Iron Maiden frontman and keen pilot Dickinson has flown his band around the world before, please note that this plane is "almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours".

Although the aeroplane that will get them there has been confirmed, a full schedule for the band's The Book Of Souls World Tour is still TBC, though it will kick off in the US next February, and will cover most of the globe, including the Maiden's first ever shows in China.

Says Dickinson: "When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book Of Souls World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldn't? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD". Did you note it? Well, watch more carefully next time.

The tour will promote the band's sixteenth studio album, 'The Book Of Souls', which is out next week.

Universal Canada, Ole, Velvet Underground and two more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Universal Music has a new top man in Canada in the form of Jeffrey Remedios, who you'll know as co-founder of indie label and management firm Arts & Crafts. He replaces Randy Lennox as CEO of Universal Music Canada, who is heading to a job at Bell Media. "Represents" says Lennox. "Extraordinary" says Remedios. "Fortunate" says overall Universal boss Lucian Grainge. No one was thrilled.

• More Canadian shenanigans now, and Toronto-based independent music publisher Ole has appointed accountant and mergers expert Brian Holdcroft to the new role of VP Acquisitions. So he better start acquiring things. His appointment will help steer Ole's "aggressive expansion", says the music rights firm.

• Never able to wait for the big five-oh, it's become a thing that Velvet Underground celebrate the 45th anniversary of each of their albums will special box set reissues. So no surprise really that a six-disc box set version of their 1970 album 'Loaded' is coming out on 30 Oct, complete with the LP remastered in stereo and mono plus demos, mixes and live tracks.

Remember how Fuck Buttons guy Andrew Hung released a solo EP called 'Rave Cave' and performed on a Nintendo Game Boy back in March? Well, here comes 'Rave Cave 2' out on 13 Nov. And look, here is a track off it called 'Repetition vs Time'.

• Calvin Harris brought in a mega-tastic £40 million in the last year according to Forbes, with his heady mix of bleeps, Vegas sets and pants peddling. That puts him at the top of the magazine's DJ rich list, David Guetta being second with £23 million and Tiësto third with £22 million. Perhaps they could all bung SFX a few quid and keep the corporate EDM dream alive.

New Daft Punk action figures incoming
Desperately seeking a way to waste a hundred quid next spring?

Well, worry not, a solution is at hand. Daft Punk are releasing a new set of action figures, with the new doll versions of the duo wearing the all-white outfits that they wore at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. And they cost a mere £100 each. Per Daft Punker.

You can order the latest set of Daft Punk action figures (they did this in 2013 too) right now via this Japanese website. Good times.

 
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