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TODAY'S TOP STORY: Merely linking to unlicensed sources of content online is not copyright infringement under European copyright law, or at least that is the opinion of Advocate General Melchior Wathelet in a submission to the European Courts Of Justice. The precise legalities of websites knowingly linking to other websites where unlicensed audio, video or photos are stored... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: This Saturday down at Bloc's Autumn Street warehouse in Hackney Wick, Benjamin Damage headlines a great looking night of techno. His unconventional approach to the genre was shown on his latest album, 'Obsidian', released by 50Weapons last year. And that's one of the things that will make this such a good night out. Another thing is the appearance of... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: A milestone like the 300th outing of the Beef Of The Week column feels like it should be marked with something big. And what bigger beef is there at the moment than the looming referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union? The campaign to leave the EU has made gains recently, helped in part by a series of crises in the Conservative Party distracting... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Sony Music’s lawsuit against former Rdio execs, Radiohead’s catalogue seemingly shifting over to XL, MCPS putting its operations up for tender, and Beyonce and Deadmau5’s latest trademark squabbles. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Piracy linking not copyright infringement according to AG in Playboy case
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LEGAL MP3 resale site ReDigi settles with Capitol on damages, but appeal continues
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DEALS Martin Garrix extends Universal publishing deal
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Dr Luke's Kemosabe Records announces redundancies
TuneCore launches in Germany
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LIVE BUSINESS SFX announces redundancies
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EDUCATION & EVENTS YouTubers, data pioneers and music licensing experts amongst the additions to CMU Insights @ The Great Escape programme
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Icelandic festival offers $1 million ticket
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ONE LINERS Sony/ATV, Maverick, 7digital, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #300: Pop v Brexit
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Piracy linking not copyright infringement according to AG in Playboy case
Merely linking to unlicensed sources of content online is not copyright infringement under European copyright law, or at least that is the opinion of Advocate General Melchior Wathelet in a submission to the European Courts Of Justice.

The precise legalities of websites knowingly linking to other websites where unlicensed audio, video or photos are stored has long been debated. Search engines like The Pirate Bay and forums like Dancing Jesus link to, rather than host, pirated content (or linked and hosted in the case of the defunct Dancing Jesus site), yet both sites were found liable for contributory or authorising copyright infringement.

But what about blogs or online media which occasionally, rather than prolifically, link to a bit of copyright infringing content elsewhere on the net? This issue reached Wathelet via a Dutch case. In 2011, website GeenStijl.nl published a post linking to leaked Playboy photos that were stored on file-hosting service FileFactory. When the media firm that owned the Playboy snaps, Sanoma, got the leaked photos removed from the FileFactory server, GeenStijl then linked to alternative sources online where the unlicensed photos were stored.

So Sanoma sued GeenStijl, arguing that, by publishing the links, the website was 'making available' the Playboy photos and, of course, making available is one of the exclusive rights provided to a copyright owner. At first instance Sanoma won, but the matter was appealed and eventually showed up at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, which decided to consult the ECJ, because it was rights stemming from the European copyright directive that were at the heart of this dispute.

The ECJ in turn asked Wathelet for his opinion on the matter, and he wrote this week: "The actual act of 'making available' is the action of the person who effected the initial communication. Consequently, hyperlinks which are placed on a website and which link to protected works that are freely accessible on another site cannot be classified as an 'act of communication' within the meaning of the directive".

If the European court now rules in line with Wathelet's viewpoint, it would set a firm precedent on the piracy links point, and one that arguably takes European law in a different direction than past rulings on related issues.

Though, it would presumably only protect those who link to pirated content to a point, in that websites specifically set up to provide such links would likely still find themselves liable for contributory infringement. But bloggers who occasionally post such a link - even knowingly and deliberately - would likely face no liabilities under Wathelet's interpretation of the law.

MP3 resale site ReDigi settles with Capitol on damages, but appeal continues
Ah, ReDigi, the MP3 resale website that got the US record industry into a fluster back in 2011. It all seems so quaint now.

Back then the people behind ReDigi argued that because copyright law allows people who buy CDs to resell them, the same rule should apply to downloads. But the record industry countered that, unlike with a CD, if someone transfers an MP3 to someone else, a new copy has to be made, even if the seller then deletes their copy (which the ReDigi system was meant to ensure). Therefore what is known as the 'first sale doctrine' under US law - which allows the resale of CDs - shouldn't apply to digital, the labels said.

Capitol Records, then part of the old EMI, sued on the issue in 2011, and two years later a judge concurred with the record company's interpretation of copyright law and the first sale doctrine. That ruling, though, didn't deal with damages, and that element of the case has been rumbling on ever since, with a hearing scheduled for next week.

But, earlier this week, both parties announced that they had reached a deal on damages, so no new hearing is required. Details of the deal are - as usual - not known, but what is known, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that while damages have been agreed in principle, ReDigi is still rejecting the judge's interpretation of the law, and therefore still plans to appeal.

We actually already knew that ReDigi was appealing, but it seems the appeals court put the case on hold pending the damages hearing. Therefore the settlement on that front enables the second stage of the case to now proceed.

Which is lovely. I wonder if anyone will remember MP3s and downloads by the time this case actually reaches its final conclusion?

Martin Garrix extends Universal publishing deal
Martin Garrix has extended his worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing, it was announced earlier this week.

"As a multi-talented and versatile songwriter, artist and producer, Martin Garrix is has become a phenomenon in music and he continues to amaze us with his creativity", said Mark Bremer, Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Benelux. "We are privileged to extend our successful publishing relationship with him".

Garrix himself added: "The Universal Music Publishing team around the world has been really supportive, and I'm very happy to continue working together for the coming years".

It's nice that things are so friendly on the publishing side of Garrix's business. As previously reported, the producer went legal with his former label Spinning Records last year, claiming that the boss of the label, Eelko Van Kooten, who was also his manager, had not acting in his best interests when setting up his record deal. The matter was settled in December, although Garrix hinted that there many be further legal action against Van Kooten's company in the future.

In other Martin Garrix news, MTV will air a documentary on the producer titled 'Martin Garrix: The Ride', at 10pm on 20 Apr.

Dr Luke's Kemosabe Records announces redundancies
Dr Luke's Kemosabe Records has confirmed that it is making some of its staff redundant, passing over some day-to-day operations to parent company Sony Music.

"Kemosabe Records and Sony elected to downsize certain departments", a Kemosabe spokesperson told Pitchfork. "Some of those functions will be handled by Sony as part of their joint venture relationship. Kemosabe continues to be fully operational and is excited about its current releases and the upcoming year".

The label - launched as a joint venture between Dr Luke and Sony Music in 2011 - has, of course, been in the news of late due to the producer's ongoing legal battle with one of its artists, Kesha.

In complicated, multi-state litigation, she accuses him of plying her with drugs and alcohol and raping her as a teenager. He denies all of those allegations, and has sued both the singer and her mother for defamation, saying that the accusations were invented in a bid to force his hand in a contractual dispute.

Kesha has suffered a number of setbacks in that legal battle lately. First when a request for an injunction to allow her to record for other labels was denied. Then this week a New York judge dismissed most elements of the singer's litigation as filed in that state, with jurisdiction, statutes of limitation and legal definitions at the heart of the ruling.

Last month it was rumoured that Sony Music was planning to cut ties with Kemosabe in order to distance itself from the bad PR around the court case. That was quickly denied, though the rumour may have been sparked by discussions to downsize the company.

In other Dr Luke-related news, there has been criticism of Jennifer Lopez after it emerged that her new female-empowerment-themed single, 'Ain't Your Mama' - which premiered on the final episode of 'American Idol' this week - was produced by him.

At a time when the producer's relationships with his female collaborators are under such scrutiny, and numerous popstars (including some who have worked with him) have come out in support of Kesha, some have seen this as Lopez siding with Dr Luke. This may not be the case, of course, but nonetheless the record release is possibly mistimed given the legal proceedings are such a big news story at the moment.

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TuneCore launches in Germany
Following launches in the UK and Australia last year, digital distribution platform TuneCore has launched in Germany.

"With the ever-changing nature of the music industry, we believe that transparency and durability are essential values for growing our company and enhancing our artist services", says the company's CEO Scott Ackerman.

"Our global expansion into Germany not only allows us to further our mission to bring more music to more people around the world, but also upholds our goal of supporting our artists 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".

As well as the US, UK, Australia and now Germany, TuneCore also has local operations in Japan and Canada.

SFX announces redundancies
SFX has announced that it will make 50 employees at its New York office redundant at the beginning of July. More job losses are expected over the summer, though this announcement has been made to comply with a 90-day notice period required under New York State law.

The former EDM powerhouse entered bankruptcy in February, of course, after two failed attempts by founder Robert Sillerman to take it back into private ownership, during which time the company's share price plummeted. Now going through a restructuring process that aims to make savings of $300 million, as well as making redundancies SFX is offloading some of its brands, including download and streaming service Beatport.

Last week, Sillerman stepped down as SFX's CEO, as expected. "The disappointment I know we all feel should not be the lasting impression that remains", he told employees. "We had a bold vision, a revolutionary one. That we stumbled along the way can never detract from the energy and hope that brought us all together".

I'm sure that will be of great comfort to those about to lose their jobs. On the plus side though, Sillerman has already found a new job. As Chairman of SFX.

YouTubers, data pioneers and music licensing experts amongst the additions to CMU Insights @ The Great Escape programme
YouTubers Hannah Trigwell and Noodlerella are among the latest speakers to be confirmed for this year's CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference, which sits at heart of the convention programme of Brighton's new music festival next month.

CMU Insights @ TGE is distinct from most other music industry conferences in that it puts the spotlight of four specific areas of the business, and then invests a whole day to delve deeper into each of those four topics. This year the spotlight falls on YouTube and video, data and transparency, CDs and merch, and the ways the music industry could better support its people, with a day of content for each theme, taking place in two rooms over two days.

Key speakers for the first two strands were announced in February, and today we add a whole load more. First the video strand. A brand new industry is building around YouTube talent, and we'll look at key developments in it through the eyes of those pioneering in this space, both on the business side, and the performers who use their YouTube channels as a primary fan engagement platform.

Singer-songwriter Hannah Trigwell will discuss her huge success on YouTube alongside her manager Bob James of Brighton-based Intune Addicts, while Noodlerella will talk us through her career on YouTube with her management team at Free Focus: James Hancock and Mark Walker. Meanwhile reps from Kilimanjaro, Instrumental and WME will dissect the emerging YouTuber industry, while lawyers Cliff Fluet and Tahir Basheer will consider the legal considerations of this new entertainment business.

Earlier in the day, CMU's Chris Cooke will lead a debate on the licensing issues around YouTube from a music industry perspective, explaining how the video sites' deals with labels, publishers and collecting societies work, before discussing safe harbours, ongoing challenges and possible opportunities with Sophie Goossens from law firm Avocat, Stacey Mitsopulos from the Box Plus network and Christina Vaughan from online licensing specialists CueSongs.

Meanwhile, more speakers have also been announced for the strand 'Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let's make buzzwords happen!', which - as previously reported - will include a keynote from PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers on his rapidly evolving blockchain project. And just so no one gets confused once the damn blockchain is on the agenda, Marcus O'Dair - who is convenor of the 'Blockchain For Creative Industries Research Cluster' at Middlesex University - will join CMU's Chris Cooke to provide a beginners guide.

Beyond the blockchain, we'll also look at a number of other music data initiatives, many of which are building - or have already built - valuable repositories of music rights information.

Joining the conversation will be Robert Kaye, Executive Director of the MetaBrainz Foundation and founder of MusicBrainz, plus Niclas Molinder from the much talked about data venture Auddly, Åsa Carild from the pan-European ICE initiative, and Phil Sant from Omnifone, fresh from his company's recent launch of a number of new music data products.

Earlier in the day, we'll consider all of the other data the music industry is now processing, including that which floods in from streaming services, social media and ticketing sites. Jessie Scoullar of Wicksteed Works will chair the proceedings, with Spotify's Head Of Artist Insights Jordan Gremli on hand to showcase the analytics the streaming firm is now providing artists and managers, while MUSO's Chief Commercial Officer Christopher Elkins will reveal how his company is now utilising piracy data as a marketing tool.

Both these strands take place on day one of TGE, Thursday 19 May, at Dukes @ Komedia. You will find more information about CMU Insights @ TGE here, with the full schedule for the YouTube strand here and the data and transparency strand here. Plus look out for news on the two Friday stands coming your way very soon.

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  Vigsy's Club Tip: Grey:Matter at Bloc
This Saturday down at Bloc's Autumn Street warehouse in Hackney Wick, Benjamin Damage headlines a great looking night of techno. His unconventional approach to the genre was shown on his latest album, 'Obsidian', released by 50Weapons last year. And that's one of the things that will make this such a good night out.

Another thing is the appearance of Ukrainian producer Etapp Kyle, who has released music on Ostgut Ton and Klockwork. Similarly creative within techno, his own music and his DJ sets are earning him quite a reputation.

Also on the bill are Casual Affair, Someone Outside and Pleiades.

Saturday 9 Apr, Bloc (Autumn Street), Unit 3, 39 Autumn Strett, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2TT, 11pm-6am, £7.50+. More info here.
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Icelandic festival offers $1 million ticket
Just as Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resigns over his involvement in the Panama Papers scandal, Reykjavík festival Secret Solstice has announced that it is offering the world's most expensive festival ticket.

Whether or not your financial arrangements are dubious, it'll cost you $1 million. And, let's face it, if you can afford to spend that on going to a festival, they almost certainly are. Just in case you can afford it, the ticket price will get you:

• Entry to the festival (obviously)
• A return flight on a private jet for you and five guests.
• 24/7 access to two private cars, plus driver and security.
• Two private performances by "prominent Icelandic musicians".
• A seat at the world's first concert inside the dormant magma chamber of a volcano (otherwise sold out).
• Access to a party inside a glacier.
• Private access to the Blue Lagoon for you and your guests.

It's a bit of a step up from the festival's top ticket last year, which was charged at $200,000. You might be thinking that all this is just a publicity stunt to raise awareness for the festival. However, you could also see it as a warning to stay the fuck away from it too.

CMU's One Liners: Sony/ATV, Maverick, 7digital, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Sony/ATV has promoted Jorge Mejia to the position of President Of Latin America & US Latin. "Latin music is everywhere nowadays", says Mejia. "It truly has become part of the soundtrack to a whole new generation. What a fantastic responsibility and privilege to be a part of this soundtrack".

• Capitol Music Group's Greg Thompson is leaving the Universal division to take up a new role as President of management firm Maverick Music. The Maverick company was originally set up as a label by Madonna in 1992, of course, closing in 2007. You may remember it was then revived in its current form by her manager Guy Oseary as a joint venture with Live Nation in 2014. "I'm excited", says Thompson.

• 7digital has completed its acquisition of French white-label streaming service provider Snowite, announced in January. The company will now be rebranded under its new parent's name, and its purchase is expected to boost 7digital's annual turnover by £1.2 million per year.

• Former Strapping Young Lad frontman and occasional puppeteer Devin Townshend is publishing his autobiography, 'Only Half There', in August. More info here.

• Ghost Culture is releasing new double A-side single 'Safe/Multiply' next week. Here's 'Safe'. And you can catch him supporting Andrew Weatherall at Village Underground in Shoreditch on Saturday.

• Becoming Real has released a new mini-album, 'Low Pearl'. From it, this is 'Deep Breath Style'.

• September Girls' new album 'Age Of Indignation' is out today. Here's the video for 'Love No One'. They're on tour in the UK this month too.

• Hurray For The Riff Raff will be touring the UK in June and July. Here's all the info and that.

• Quincy Jones is to receive the Lifetime Achievement prize at this year's Jazz FM Awards in London. The ceremony will take place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London on 26 Apr. "To be so young and receive an award like this - it's astounding", said Jones. "I'm only 83, man!"

• If you thought One Direction conspiracy theories would die with the band, you were wrong. They've only got more amazing.

CMU Beef Of The Week #300: Pop v Brexit
A milestone like the 300th outing of the Beef Of The Week column feels like it should be marked with something big. And what bigger beef is there at the moment than the looming referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union?

The campaign to leave the EU has made gains recently, helped in part by a series of crises in the Conservative Party distracting David Cameron et al from properly making the case to stay within the union.

But there is still a hurdle for the big names pushing for a 'Brexit' (because in these post-'Day Today' times everything has to have a brand), and that's that they are, in the main, an assembly of all the faces in politics you would cross the street to avoid if you saw just one of them. When seen altogether it's so overwhelming that even their supporters can't handle it. It's a shitbag overload.

Team Leave might not put it quite in those terms, but they do recognise that to win a majority come voting time they need to present themselves as the friendly face of telling foreigners to fuck off. And, to their credit, they realised early on that young people would be the demographic to bring on board in order to do that.

What do The Kids like though? Music, that's what. Bloody love it they do. Anyone who's been near the back of a bus since speakers were built into mobile phones knows that. Which is why, back in February, pro-Brexit group Grassroots Out announced plans for an "EU referendum music festival", branded Bpoplive, at Birmingham's Genting Arena.

"The festival, featuring some of Britain's hottest artists as well as speeches from leading personalities and politicians who support leaving the EU, will be the first of its kind in the UK", said a press release.

I know, it sounds like something "Britain's hottest artists" would be falling over themselves to support, right? Or not. Gary Barlow might do it. I bet he's anti-EU. Although his status as a known tax avoider makes him a risky person to align yourself with politically. Even if you're Nigel Farage.

Gaining the sort of acts you'd need to fill a 15,000 capacity arena did seem like a bit of an uphill struggle, then. I'm not sure anyone really expected them to manage it. But then the initial line-up was announced, tickets went on sale, and it kind of looked like they might pull it off. OK, some of the acts were a bit ropey - Phats & Small and DJ Luck & MC Neat are probably not on many young people's radars - but a headline DJ set from Sigma isn't nothing. Some listings also had Ella Eyre down to perform, and Pixie Lott was on the rumour list.

Unfortunately, it turned out that the bookings had been secured without fully explaining to the artists or their agents the nature of the event. Which turned out to be an issue.

"We're sorry to any fans that paid for tickets to see us play at Bpoplive", tweeted Sigma this week. "We weren't told Bpoplive was a political event when we were booked and have now cancelled our performance. We're not available for hire by politicians trying to use us to speak to you, our fans".

Ah well, but Ella Eyre though. If Ella Eyre's on board then it's still safe. Except that her publicist told Buzzfeed that she "isn't playing and never confirmed". So that's a problem too.

Of the other artists on the bill, Tom Hyland of the Electric Swing Circus told Buzzfeed that his band "are not pro-Brexit" and "as a group we are generally pro EU". A rep for DJ Luck & MC Neat said they "didn't even know it was about [Brexit]" and would now discuss this with the duo. And a spokesperson for Pixie Lott said that she wasn't going to be involved either. Only Phats & Small didn't respond, so the world does not yet know their views on the EU, which is possibly the most upsetting part of all this.

Either way, it's not a good start for the event. And all the more so, says Leave.EU, the other anti-Europe group involved, because the show has been entirely misrepresented by the bloody left-wing media. The organisation claimed that acts were pulling out because they had been "hounded by the press". And that's bad, because it's not a pro-Brexit event at all. Why would you even think that a concert organised by two organisations campaigning for the UK to leave the EU was pro-Brexit?

Oh sure, there was that press release saying that that's exactly what this event was about, but that was "a miscommunication", according to a Leave.EU spokesperson. Actually, Bpoplive was supposed to be a politically neutral event staged to encourage young people to vote. "The idea came from a thing in the states organised by MTV called Rock The Vote, with the message in between the acts, in the same way the BBC does Children In Need", the spokesperson told Buzzfeed, somewhat confusingly.

For one thing, surely a prerequisite of politically neutral events and campaigns is that they aren't put on by organisations with very specific alignments. Also, Children In Need is a bad example, because the 'message' bit is generally a welcome break from the 'entertainment'.

This may all turn out alright for the Brexiters though. Since all this kicked off, tickets have been withdrawn from sale and the event is no longer listed on the Genting Arena's website. And given that it's now thought that if young people can be convinced to vote, they could swing it for the Remain campaign (it being their future elderly xenophobes are so keen to mess with), it's possibly not really in the Leave camp's interests to court them anyway, neutrally or not.

Rubbing further salt into the Leave campaign's hopes of engaging musicians of interest to any demographic this week was the announcement yesterday that the Musicians' Union is in favour of the UK remaining an EU member.

"For musicians, the benefits of Britain staying in the EU are numerous", said the union. "Open borders make touring both easier and less expensive, EU health and safety legislation has meant that the job of being a musician has become safer and workers' rights legislation in general has improved the working life of musicians in the UK".

"Perhaps most importantly", it added, "at least three European Copyright Directives have been responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of our members and ensuring that they receive remuneration for the use of their work. Whilst the copyright regime in this country is far from perfect, and further adjustments are urgently needed, the MU is confident that the situation for musicians would be far worse were it not for the EU Directives".

While the effect of leaving on musicians "is not entirely clear", the MU said that it expected touring to become more difficult if performers had to start applying for visas to travel to Europe, noting the difficulties UK musicians already have getting into the US.

"It is also likely that European legislation which has protected musicians in the areas of copyright, health and safety and workers' rights would be watered down or removed entirely if Britain were to leave the EU", it concluded.

On the plus side though, there's still a chance that if you were to vote out, you might find yourself aligned with Phats & Small. We just don't know. And that's exciting, isn't it?

 
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