WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Should the US government take over responsibility for the servers that contain lost MegaUpload data? That is today's big question. And the answer? Oh no. Just no. Not at all. Never. Not ever. Not in any way. Not in the least. Not on your life. Fuck no. No no no no no no no. No. Or at least that's what the US government says. More or less. Quick recap, when the American... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: There's not a lot of context to go on with So Below. She's from New Zealand and has apparent links to other local acts like Taste Nasa, Space Above and The Naked & Famous. And there's this track, 'Drift', which has been getting a lot of blog-based attention while the Approved column was on its summer holiday. Of course, the risk of writing about a lone track... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including PRS suing Soundcloud, more recent developments in the dispute over the lost MegaUpload data, Tyler, The Creator being refused a visa by the UK government, and One Direction’s upcoming hiatus. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES US government says former MegaUpload servers ain't its problem
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LEGAL Courtney Love settles second defamation lawsuit from fashion designer
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS TuneCore formally launches in UK
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LIVE BUSINESS Live Nation and SFX both cancel Californian EDM events, though for different reasons
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Ian Rogers to leave the music industry
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ARTIST NEWS Tyler, The Creator accuses UK government of 'treating him like a terrorist'
David Bowie writes song for SpongeBob musical
Tool recycle old t-shirts into $200 blankets
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Mumford & Sons are going to tour, don't you dare say that they aren't
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ONE LINERS Sony/ATV, Animal Collective, The Libertines, Lupe Fiasco, more
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AND FINALLY... Kanye West's hat of great interest to the White House
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US government says former MegaUpload servers ain't its problem
Should the US government take over responsibility for the servers that contain lost MegaUpload data? That is today's big question. And the answer? Oh no. Just no. Not at all. Never. Not ever. Not in any way. Not in the least. Not on your life. Fuck no. No no no no no no no. No. Or at least that's what the US government says. More or less.

Quick recap, when the American authorities shutdown MegaUpload over allegations of rampant and deliberate copyright infringement in 2012, all the servers hosting the popular file and video transfer platform were taken offline. Some have since been wiped, while others - including those owned by Carpathia Hosting in the US - are still gathering dust in a shed.

While many MegaUpload users did use the controversial service to access and share copyright infringing music and movies, some used it as a cloud storage facility for their own non-infringing files, and they too lost access to their content and data during the 2012 shutdown.

Hollywood has long said those people can have their files back as long as any copyright infringing material is removed first. Though, given the scale of the former MegaUpload operation, that's hardly practical. The US government, meanwhile, has basically persisted with a big fat "fuck you" to the people who lost legitimate files during the MegaUpload raid.

This is all news again, of course, because the new owner of Carpathia Hosting wants to finally wipe the old MegaUpload machines, so it can repurpose the hardware and stop paying rent on a shed full of servers it can't use. Which seems fair enough. But what about all that lost legit data?

As previously reported, lawyers representing the former MegaUpload management suggested the US government should buy and store the servers, until pending criminal and civil action against the defunct company and its directors reaches court. Those lawyers argue not only that former MegaUpload customers should ultimately get their content back, but also that the Carpathia servers may contain evidence useful for their client's defence.

But in its latest court filing, the US government is having none of it. It's got all the evidence it needs off the old MegaUpload servers, it says, and it doesn't really care what now happens to those machines.

United States Attorney Dana Boente writes: "The government has already completed its acquisition of data from the Carpathia servers authorised by the warrant, which the defendants will be entitled to during discovery. As such, there is no basis for the court to order the government to assume possession of the Carpathia servers or reimburse Carpathia for 'allocated costs' related to their continued maintenance".

Concluding, Boente told the court, according to Torrentfreak: "The United States continues to request that the court deny any effort to impose unprecedented financial or supervisory obligations on the United States related to the Carpathia Servers".

For its part, Hollywood trade group the MPAA has again stressed that it has no opinion on any legit content stored on the disconnected servers, but that it wants to ensure that "MPAA members' content on the Mega servers in Carpathia's possession" does not fall back "into the hands of MegaUpload or otherwise enter the stream of commerce".

Which basically means that all parties - the feds, Hollywood, MegaUpload and the affected former users of the file-transfer service - all remain in their respective corners unwilling to change their position on any of this. Meanwhile, a judge will have to decide once again what to do with all those old servers, and whether forcing Carpathia to continue paying for their existence is the lesser of various evils.

As previously noted, however strong the infringement case may be against MegaUpload and its former management, and however 'mega' the damages may be that the music and movie industries ultimately secure from their respective civil actions against the former file-transfer business, this "fuck you" attitude towards the people who lost their content in 2012 is incredibly damaging for the very concept of copyright. When lawmakers and corporate rights owners show zero respect for the copyright material of the little guy, how can they ever expect any respect whatsoever in return for their big business copyrights? They can't. And they won't get it. Idiots.

Courtney Love settles second defamation lawsuit from fashion designer
Courtney Love has settled her second defamation battle with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir.

As previously reported, Simorangkir originally sued Love for defamation in relation to a tweet, in which the sometime Hole frontwoman called the designer an "asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief". Love ultimately settled that dispute, but then decided to discuss the case during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show, during which she made new comments that resulted in new allegations of defamation.

That second case has been going through the motions for nearly two years now, with Love's lawyers unsuccessfully attempting to get the matter dismissed on First Amendment grounds. So instead a deal has been done, and according to reports Love will now pay Simorangkir $350,000, in addition to the $430,000 handed over to settle the original lawsuit. Let's just hope there isn't another Howard Stern interview in the diary.

Though, of course, Love did win one Twitter-based defamation case against her back in 2014, after her former lawyer sued, also over an offensive tweet. In that case Love argued that the offending tweet had been intended as a direct message and not for public consumption, and that it had been deleted pretty quickly once that mistake had been realised.

TuneCore formally launches in UK
Digital distribution platform TuneCore is formally launching in the UK for the first time, which means that artists using the service to get their content onto download and streaming platforms will be able to pay fees and receive royalties in sterling rather than dollars.

UK fees will be £5.99 to upload a single, £19.99 for an album in year one and £33.99 thereafter, and £49.99 for publishing administration services. Artists then keep 100% of their revenues.

TuneCore was bought by Believe back in April, of course, and on the back of that artists using the former may have the option to be picked up by the latter down the line, in much the same way Believe has worked to date with its own service for self-releasing artists, Zimbalam.

Confirming his company's formal arrival in the UK, TuneCore boss Scott Ackerman said: "Expanding into the UK is a natural fit for TuneCore and part of our ongoing expansion plan to make it easier than ever for artists to get music out on the market and in fans' hands, while also making money through a variety of digital distribution and music publishing services".

He went on: "With so many customers around the world using our service, our goal is to support them at the local level, in the best way possible. We're confident that this expansion will further solidify TuneCore's position as a leader in international digital music distribution".

Live Nation and SFX both cancel Californian EDM events, though for different reasons
Live Nation has cancelled a dance music bash due to take place at a site owned by the County Of Los Angeles after two people died at a similar event staged there last month. Teenagers Tracy Nguyen and Katie Dix both died at the Hard Summer festival at the county-owned Fairplex on 1 Aug, seemingly in drug-related incidents. Dozens more festival-goers reportedly required hospital treatment.

With the LA County now considering a ban on EDM shows and festivals at all of its facilities, Live Nation agreed to cancel an event due to take place at Fairplex next week, while also cutting the capacity on another scheduled for Hallowe'en, and committing to add free water stations, increase security and medical services, and distribute drug education literature at that two-day show.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fair Association, which runs Fairplex, told reporters: "Fairplex will continue to work with Live Nation, the board of supervisors and all public agencies to ensure the continued safety of all guests. We will work together to do everything we can".

She didn't comment on the possibility of the organisation banning any future EDM events, though that option is still seemingly on the table.

Meanwhile, EDM powerhouse SFX has also cancelled an event in the region, the One Tribe festival which was due to take place near LA on 25 and 26 Sep. Though that's as a result of that more traditional problem of poor ticket sales.

Ian Rogers to leave the music industry
Ian Rogers has confirmed that he's not only leaving the Apple conclave, but also the entire digital music business. When news broke of his surprise departure from Apple last week, rumour had it he was going to a non-music company, and now we know he is set to become Chief Digital Officer at LVMH, a firm that owns a stack of luxury brands like Moët & Chandon, Christian Dior and TAG Heuer, as well as culture website Nowness.

Rogers, who enjoyed a high profile in the music industry while running direct-to-fan company TopSpin, joined Apple last year, of course, when it bought Beats, where he was CEO of the headphone maker's streaming set-up. He subsequently oversaw the launch of the Beats 1 radio station, arguably the most hyped portion of the Apple Music service.

Asked why he had chosen to leave the music industry, Rogers told the New York Times: "I asked my wife the night of the Apple Music announcement - was that the starting gun or the finish line for me in the digital music race? I decided I'm ready for a new challenge both professionally and personally. I have more to learn and contribute".

  Approved: So Below - Drift
There's not a lot of context to go on with So Below. She's from New Zealand and has apparent links to other local acts like Taste Nasa, Space Above and The Naked & Famous. And there's this track, 'Drift', which has been getting a lot of blog-based attention while the Approved column was on its summer holiday.

Of course, the risk of writing about a lone track posted by a new artist on SoundCloud, no matter how good it may be, is that everything that follows will be a disappointment. But this is one such case where I don't care. Even if nothing else ever appears on the So Below SoundCloud page, it'll have been a good run. 'Drift' is a dark, tightly produced pop song that creeps slowly into your consciousness.

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Tyler, The Creator accuses UK government of 'treating him like a terrorist'
Tyler, The Creator has accused the British government of treating him "like a terrorist" after barring him from entering the UK to perform a series of shows, including at last weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals.

Indeed, as The Guardian notes in its interview with the rapper on the subject, the rules under which he was blocked were originally designed to prevent suspected terrorists from entering the country. In this case, the "behaviours unacceptable in the UK" list was used to turn Tyler away because of lyrics on two of his albums, which he says he "never performs" anymore.

He was apparently told in a letter from the Home Office that the lyrics could "lead to intercommunity violence in the UK", explaining: "Your albums 'Bastard', in 2009, and 'Goblin', in 2011, are based on the premise of your adopting a mentally unstable alter ego who describes violent physical abuse, rape and murder in graphic terms which appears to glamourise this behaviour".

"I'm getting treated like a terrorist", said the rapper. "I'm bummed out because it's like, dude, I'm not homophobic. I've said this since the beginning. The 'hating women' thing - it's so nuts. It's based on things I made when I was super young, when no one was listening [to my music]. Like, I wrote 'Blow' when I was reading about different people in American history. One of the people happened to be [the serial killer] Ted Bundy, and I wrote a song from his point of view".

Aside from the fact that he had been allowed into the UK less than two months previously without issue - even though the supposedly offending lyrics came from albums released four and six years ago - he added that the thing that particularly "irks" him "is that the paper saying I am denied entry to the UK clearly states that these songs were written from [the perspective of] an alter ego"

"Which means they obviously did some research on these songs that they're detaining me for", he went on. "So the argument is right there! This song is written from an alter ego - I'm not like this! You could watch any interview and see my personality, see the guy I am. I wouldn't hurt a fly".

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David Bowie writes song for SpongeBob musical
A SpongeBob SquarePants musical is coming to Broadway featuring songs written by a number of well-known musicians, including that David Bowie bloke.

Created by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the show features original songs by Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, TI, The Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. It will open in Chicago next June, before moving to New York.

Director Tina Landau told BBC News that the show would take a different turn from the TV cartoon from which it originates: "We're taking our leads from the TV show but this is an original story, with an original design approach, and original songs written just for the occasion by an amazing array of songwriters. We will present the world of Bikini Bottom and its characters in a whole new way that can only be achieved in the live medium of the theatre".

This is not David Bowie's first SpongeBob link, the musician having voiced a character on the TV show in 2006. Liam Gallagher also once provided a voice for a character on the show, but apparently hasn't been asked to contribute to the musical. What an insult.

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Tool recycle old t-shirts into $200 blankets
As I'm sure you've noticed, summer is starting to fade. It's time to put those t-shirts away and wrap yourself up in a blanket. Maybe you could make a blanket out of those t-shirts. That's what Tool have done. And they're flogging those blankets made out of unsold band t-shirts on their website now for $200.

A spokesperson for the band said: "Remember, if you want one, don't procrastinate! Don't go to the nearest courtesy phone, or wait for a healing thighbone... Don't look for unreal blue butterfly eyes on a lark, or attempt to grasp the physics of an anti-quark. Don't go out to get a Thai noodle salad massage, or look for a doghouse with a two-car garage... TIME IS A WASTING... Why are you still reading this? I'm willing to bet you an undertaker's wart that these new Tool collectible blankets... go fast!"

Yeah, they're still available. Unlike the new Tool album, which remains non-existent.

Mumford & Sons are going to tour, don't you dare say that they aren't
Mumford & Sons said on stage at not only the Reading Festival, but also its counterpart in Leeds, that they would be touring the UK soon. And are you calling them liars? Because you're about to look very silly if you are.

Don't just take my word for it though, here's the band confirming that this is something that is going to happen.

And here are the dates:

28 Nov: Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
29 Nov: Sheffield Arena
30 Nov: Birmingham, Genting Arena
2 Dec: Dublin, 3Arena
5 Dec: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
6 Dec: Manchester Arena
7 Dec: Liverpool, Echo Arena
9 Dec: London, O2 Arena
10 Dec: London, O2 Arena
12 Dec: Leeds, First Direct Arena
13 Dec: Glasgow, SSE Hydro

Sony/ATV, Animal Collective, The Libertines, Lupe Fiasco, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Sony/ATV has announced a new joint venture with former Pitbull manager Charles Chavez and his company Latium Entertainment. Chavez is setting up a publishing venture with Sony/ATV after launching a label set-up with Sony Music earlier this year.

• Indie publisher Imagem Music has announced a new joint venture with talent management firm RebelOne Entertainment, which will support songwriters and producers managed by the latter.

• Google has a new logo and, possibly in a nod to the recent rebrand of the web giant's parent company as Alphabet Inc, the new Google logo uses letters and everything. Marvellous.

• Animal Collective will release a new live album, 'Live at 9:30', this Friday. From it, here's 'Did You See The Words'.

• Mykki Blanco has released a new track, 'Coke White, Starlight', taken from new album 'C-ORE'.

• The Libertines are going to be touring some of the clubs of England and Scotland later this month. They'll play Camden, obviously. Electric Ballroom on 10 Sep.

• Soon to be quite popular pop duo Ekkah will be touring the UK in October. Here's a video of them performing live, which you might like to watch.

• Lupe Fiasco wants anyone who bought a copy of his 2011 album 'Lasers' and hated it (let's just say the reviews were 'mixed' at the time) to send it back so he can destroy all the hated CDs with actual lasers. Though no refunds.

Kanye West's hat of great interest to the White House
The White House is ready for Kanye West. Or at least his hat. I guess the two go together. Seriously, when have you seen one without the other? Well, I suppose I've seen Kanye West without a hat quite a lot. But he's definitely going to get one now.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One earlier this week, reports USA Today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest broke his policy of not commenting on presidential candidates in order to say of West: "Let me just say I look forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat".

Well, I say he broke his policy, West obviously isn't currently a candidate to be President of America. All we have to go on at the moment is something he said about his future intent while a bit stoned at an awards ceremony. But I think that's probably how Ronald Reagan got started in politics, so who knows?

 
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