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TOP STORIES UK and international music industry trade bodies try to put a positive spin on Brexit
LEGAL Wolfe Estate lawyer responds to ruling in Led Zep song-theft trial
Court to consider claims of potential heirs to Prince estate
Rights owners and ISPs can't agree on specifics of Aussie web-blocking
50 Cent arrested for swearing at Caribbean music festival
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MEDIA TeamRock's John Meyers retires, replaced by Michael Tobin
Tony Blackburn joins new London digital station
ARTIST NEWS Coldplay cover Viola Beach as they close "muddiest ever" Glastonbury
AND FINALLY... Kanye West gets naked with other celebs in Famous video
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UK and international music industry trade bodies try to put a positive spin on Brexit
With no one in Planet Politics seemingly that keen to write the book 'What The Fuck Does Brexit Look Like?' just yet, some of the trade bodies representing the music industry have said that they hope any negative impact on the UK and wider European music business can be minimised.

In doing so they echo the previously reported comments made by the boss of UK record industry trade group BPI, Geoff Taylor, who called on the British government to "swiftly negotiate trade deals that will ensure unimpeded access to EU markets for our music and our touring artists". Taylor also wondered if a future UK government possibly having more control over its copyright regime might aide the industry's campaign against safe harbours.

Elsewhere, the chair of cross-industry lobbying group UK Music, Andy Heath, told reporters on Friday: "Politics aside, a decision has now been made and it is important to minimise divisions amongst us. We are in a new world and we must move forward positively. British music is strong and successful and will remain an essential part of a rich and diverse European culture".

"We should not be scared by change, we should see it as a positive opportunity", he continued. "We are an export-led business and consumers around the world want our music, artists and products and this will not change after yesterday's decision. UK Music will continue to protect and promote our members, creators and businesses to ensure they are best represented to continue achieving this global success".

The organisation's CEO Jo Dipple added: "Clearly there are lots of very important decisions that will be made over the next few weeks. We will have a new Prime Minister in the autumn, there will be a new government and UK Music will work very hard with the new administration to ensure the music industry continues to be well served by the British government. We need a united business voice to ensure that when renegotiations take place, markets continue to serve the music industry".

Presumably hoping that Culture Secretary and pro-Brexiter John Whittingdale will still be part of that new administration, Dipple added: "In John Whittingdale we have a politician who understands the creative and music sectors and will have our best interests at heart".

Giving things a global spin, Frances Moore of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry expressed more concern than most about the immediate future, saying: "As an international recording industry, with businesses across all 28 EU member states, the interest of our sector was for the UK to remain in the European Union. The decision of the UK to leave the EU creates a great deal of uncertainty which could last for a considerable time. In this difficult period, IFPI will continue to work hard to ensure that our members' interests are best represented on all the issues we deal with".

Representing the independent label community, AIM's outgoing CEO Alison Wenham said: "AIM will liaise closely with our members, other trade bodies and colleagues across the music industry to ensure that the strength and standing of the independent music community in the international marketplace is not diminished by these events".

Meanwhile, pan-European indie label group IMPALA chipped in: "Change is on the way that's for sure, but one thing is clear: the UK music sector will remain a fundamental player in Europe, which of course goes beyond the EU and we will continue to work hard to ensure that Brexit doesn't interfere with the ability of European citizens to continue to enjoy UK music and vice versa. Breaking borders is what our labels do with their artists on a daily basis and that will continue".

"We are all Europeans and AIM's role within IMPALA will remain key - we have so much to achieve together", the organisation continued. "We are the European Music Union and we will work hard to make it flourish".

So there you go. I hope that makes you feel better.

Wolfe Estate lawyer responds to ruling in Led Zep song-theft trial
The lawyer representing the Wolfe Estate in the Led Zeppelin song-theft trial has said his side lost because of the decision by the judge to limit the case to the core compositions of the two songs in question, rather than allowing jurors to compare the recordings.

As much previously reported, the Zeppelin were accused of ripping off Spirit song 'Taurus' for their hit 'Stairway To Heaven'. The Spirit track was written by the late Randy California - aka Randy Craig Wolfe - who was always ambivalent about the similarities between the two songs during his lifetime, but the lawsuit was pursued by the trust which now benefits from his estate and the royalties it earns.

As in the 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism case last year, because the infringement claims related to the copyright in the song not the recording, the judge overseeing the case said only the core compositions as filed with the US Copyright Offices could be considered by the jury, not the actual tracks as released, where the similarities are arguably more pronounced.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, the Wolfe Estate's lawyer, Francis Malofiy, said: "For Led Zeppelin, they won on a technicality - they should be proud of that. For plaintiff, the jury's verdict is disappointing, but largely determined by one ruling of the court: plaintiff was not permitted to play the album recording of 'Taurus', which Jimmy Page had in his record collection. This ruling, which limited plaintiff to using the sheet music deposited in the Copyright Office, effectively tied our hands behind our back. Needless to say, we do not believe it is legally correct or logically sound".

There were two key elements to the plagiarism case, first whether or not the two songs were sufficiently similar to constitute copyright infringement, and second whether or not Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had been exposed to 'Taurus' before writing 'Stairway'. On the latter point the jury sided with the Wolfe Estate, but Led Zep nevertheless prevailed because the jury sided with them on the first point.

Malofiy noted this in his statement, continuing: "The jury agreed very clearly with plaintiff that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had access to 'Taurus', and discounted their denials that they had never heard 'Taurus' before". He then concluded: "For Led Zeppelin, the case was about their legacy and reputation; for Randy California it was about credit. In this regard, neither party won. Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant. Here, there was injustice". So that's fun.

Considering what precedents this latest song-theft ruling might set, US lawyer J Michael Keyes noted last week that potential plaintiffs in plagiarism lawsuits must consider whether the case will centre on the core composition of their song, and whether that will impact on the jury's opinion with regards similarities.

"It may have been too much of a stretch for the jury", he said of the Led Zep case, "to appreciate any similarities between a rather sedate piano composition [of 'Taurus] and the soaring, electric sound recording of one of the rock genre's greatest hits of all time".


Court to consider claims of potential heirs to Prince estate
A Colorado prison inmate who claimed to be Prince's son has already been ruled out as a possible heir of the late musician through a DNA test, according to a source speaking to the Associated Press. The man was one of number of people who have made a claim to be an heir to Prince, who died in April without leaving a will.

A court hearing is due later today to consider the claims by various people to have a family connection to Prince. Local media report that other people have come forward to also claim that the popstar was their father, while there are also claims from siblings, half-siblings and more distant relatives. The judge overseeing Prince's estate is seeking to establish legitimate heirs before deciding who should benefit from the musician's fortune and future royalties.

As previously reported, cameras and recording devices have been banned from the proceedings, and judge Kevin Eide has declined to allow a legal rep for various media organisations to make a case about overturning that decision as part of today's proceedings. Eide has also added that some elements of the case may have to be conducted entirely in private, because they are potentially discussing matters of paternity.


Rights owners and ISPs can't agree on specifics of Aussie web-blocking
As web-blocking gets underway in Australia, there was some bickering in court last week over what to do about proxies.

As previously reported, new laws in Australia allow rights owners to seek court injunctions forcing internet service providers to block access to sites deemed liable for copyright infringement. Australia follows a number of other countries in allowing web-blocking as an anti-piracy tactic.

One of the issues with web-blocking is that as soon as a blockade is in place, individuals set up proxies which enable people to still access the blocked site via an alternative URL, which can usually be found pretty quickly with a Google search. Rights owners have tried to tackle this weakness to an extent by logging known proxies and demanding they too are blocked by the ISPs.

The question is, do the proxy web-blocks require a whole new injunction, or can the extra URLs just be added to the injunction that blocked whatever site the proxies are linking too? In the UK, where web-blocking has become a preferred anti-piracy tactic of the music and movie industries, generally the simpler latter approach has been possible.

That's what the Australian entertainment industry now wants, arguing that that's what the new copyright law allowing web-blocking allows for. But, according to ITNews, the net firms do not concur. Nevertheless, legal reps for the rights owners want a precedent set that the Aussie web-blocking system will work like that in the UK.

On the proliferation of proxies, lawyer Richard Lancaster said: "This is a known problem in the real world. It will be a problem that arises in the implementation of your honour's orders. And we're concerned - given this is the first [blocking] case - that a procedure be adopted that will not create a real administrative burden for the future in having to do something unnecessary and elaborate such as the [ISPs] suggest".

Lancaster argued that updating web-blocks to include proxies didn't put a great burden onto the net companies, which - the rights owners argue - should cover any costs of the web-blocking process. "In England the rights holders don't have to pay for implementation because it's regarded as being part of the business of carrying out the business of an ISP," the legal man added.

We now await a court ruling on quite how Aussie web-blocking will work.


50 Cent arrested for swearing at Caribbean music festival
50 Cent has been arrested in the small Caribbean nation of St Kitts And Nevis for swearing during his closing performance at the St Kitts Music Festival.

According to local police, the rapper and a member of his entourage, named as Bajar Walter, were detained following the performance. They were released on bail, pending a court appearance today. They are expected to be ordered to pay a fine.

According to reports, the rapper was warned before going on stage about local rules and the risk, therefore, of using profanities in his performance. His arrest may have arisen from him not censoring the word 'motherfucking' in the song 'PIMP'. A spokesperson said that he had actually been booked to host the festival, but that organisers had insisted he also perform. Which you would, wouldn't you?

DMX was arrested for breaking St Kitts And Nevis's laws against public profanity at the same festival in 2003. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj fell foul of a similar law in Jamaica in 2011.

Guvera puts two subsidiaries into administration following IPO block
Following the news last week that Guvera's plans to IPO had been blocked by the stock exchange on which it wished to float, the Australian streaming music firm has now put two of its subsidiary companies into administration.

According to ABC, the two companies now in administration - Guvera Australia and Guv Services - are involved in the firm's international business. A spokesperson for the company has confirmed that the streaming service has now bailed on ten of the markets in which it operated, but insisted that 90% of its users were in the ten countries where it is still live. It's not clear which suppliers will be affected by the closure of the two subsidiary businesses.

Insisting that the company would continue to operate beyond its home market of Australia, Guvera's Commercial Director Asia-Pacific, Yemee Fernandes, told reporters: "As we look to focus primarily in key emerging markets, we take with us a highly scalable platform that caters to brands as much as it does for music lovers, artists and rights holders. We offer our product in markets where smartphone adoption is growing rapidly alongside digital mobile advertising spends".

As previously reported, many in the Australian investor community were critical of the prospectus Guvera issued when it announced it was floating on the Australian Securities Exchange, saying that the company's high debts and low revenues made it a very unattractive proposition. The digital music business amended its proposals, but the ASX still took the pretty much unprecedented step of blocking the flotation.

Given the figures in its prospectus, and the setback of the blocked IPO, there has been much speculation as to whether or not Guvera can now survive as a going concern. The streaming firm will be hoping that by shutting down certain subsidiaries the parent company can continue operating.

TeamRock's John Meyers retires, replaced by Michael Tobin
Rock media firm TeamRock has announced Michael Tobin as its new Chairman. He replaces John Myers, who co-founded the company in 2013 and who is now retiring from the role. Tobin has been a non-executive member of the company's board for almost a year and a half, and was previously CEO of datacentre company Telecity Group.

TeamRock Chief Exec Billy Anderson said in a statement: "We'd like to place on record our thanks to John for his strong leadership, guidance and friendship since the birth of this company and for his continued support through his shareholding".

Prior to launching TeamRock, Myers and Anderson were both execs at the Guardian Media Group's now defunct radio company. The new business had both broadcasting and magazine publishing ambitions, the latter centring on the acquisition of the Classic Rock and Metal Hammer brands from Future Publishing. It has since added Prog and Blues Magazine to its roster.


Tony Blackburn joins new London digital station
The previously reported new DAB radio station for London looking to recreate the Capital Radio listening experience of old - because someone would like that, right? - has announced that Tony Blackburn is joining Neil Fox and Pat Sharp on its line-up of presenters.

Blackburn will host his 'Soul Party' show on Thames Radio, similar to his former gig on Capital Gold, each Saturday evening. Blackburn hosts shows on other stations too but, as previously reported, lost his BBC programmes in a dispute over the evidence he gave to an internal investigation following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

On his new show, Blackburn says, according to Radio Today: "I'm THRILLED to be a part of the brand new Thames Radio, particularly as I will be playing the music I love - soul and Motown. I've missed playing the music I've championed over the years but now, every Saturday from 6-9pm, I'll be enjoying myself playing the music I love and hope all my fellow soul fans will enjoy 'The Tony Blackburn Soul Party'".

  Approved: MJ Hibbett & The Validators - 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
I needed some cheering up on Friday. And thankfully MJ Hibbett was on hand with some new music.

This Friday, MJ Hibbett & The Validators return with their first album since 2010, 'Still Valid'. First single '20 Things To Do Before You're 30' offers an alternative bucket list to the usual nonsense, presenting a to-do top twenty that I did a pretty good job of completing before I was 30. So that's good news.

"Smoke bananas, fall asleep on a train, get so drunk that you hallucinate, go out with someone awful, be friends with gits, die your hair, shave your head, go for lunch and come back pissed". It's a solid and achievable list. "Pretend that you are weird" is another good one.

All of these will be useful in later life, Hibbett explains. And there are also some key tips for what to expect once you've passed that big 3-0 milestone. Listen here.

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Coldplay cover Viola Beach as they close "muddiest ever" Glastonbury
Coldplay covered Viola Beach's 'Boys That Sing' during their Glastonbury headline set last night, offering the band who, along with their manager, were killed in a car accident earlier this year an "alternative future" as Glastonbury headliners.

Noting that they had reached the point in their set where they would normally play a cover of 'Heroes' by David Bowie, Chris Martin told the crowd that their first appearance at the festival had been in the New Bands tent (now the John Peel Stage) in the late 90s. Saying that he hoped people had gone to see "the next Adeles or the next Radioheads" on that stage over the weekend, he then told the audience that the up and coming Viola Beach had "reminded us of ourselves in our early days".

"We're going to create Viola Beach's alternate future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for one song", he said. "So Kris and Jack and River and Tomas and their manager Craig, this is what would have maybe been you in 20 years or so and I hope we do this song justice".

As previously reported, Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry all died when their car failed to stop at a barrier and fell in to a canal in Sweden in February. A posthumous album is due to be released next month, and 'Boys That Sing' was recently re-released as a single.

Elsewhere in Coldplay's headline set, an out of tune piano meant that Martin had to perform 'Everglow' solo. Bringing the band together for an intimate performance of the song at the front of the stage, he halted them just after beginning, noting that his piano was out of tune with the rest of the band. Saying that this was a "terrible problem", he suggested skipping straight to the next song, to boos from the crowd, so instead performed it alone.

"OK, so having introduced the best band of my lifetime, now they're going to leave me on my own", he said. "But we can muster through".

And muster through he did. Though more mustering through was not necessary for the band's encore, after reports that plans to perform with Barry Gibb had fallen through turned out to be incorrect. The Bee Gees' frontman performed an acoustic version of 'You Don't Know What It's Like' with Martin before being joined by the rest of the band for 'Stayin Alive'. He can still hit all those high notes (ie every note in the song), which is quite something.

Coldplay closed their fourth Glastonbury headline set with a performance of 'My Way', sung by Michael Eavis. The festival's founder earlier gave a debrief on this year's event to The Guardian, proclaiming it to be the muddiest in its 46 year history. He blamed this on climate change, but said the event would not move to dates less likely to be affected by rain.

He also said that the festival would not be making any permanent move to a new site, saying that Worthy Farm "is the home of the festival as far as I'm concerned forever". Previously revealed plans to hold an event at Longleat Safari Park in the festival's next fallow year in 2019 may also be off. Eavis said that representatives of the park "came this weekend to look [at the festival] and they are not that impressed".

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Kanye West gets naked with other celebs in Famous video
Kanye West premiered his latest video - for 'Famous' - in LA on Friday. And guess what, it's sparked some controversy.

Intended to be "a comment on fame", according to West, it features the rapper and his wife Kim Kardashian naked in bed with lookalikes of George W Bush, Donald Trump, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby.

Swift, whose lookalike takes up position next to West, features in the lyrics too, the rapper proclaiming: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous". Lying by the side of his wife, Ray J is of course the man who stars opposite her in a sextape.

"[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say," he told Vanity Fair, when quizzed on getting his wife's approval for the video. "But my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn't let them put up. One of the keys to happiness in our marriage is we're allowed to be ourselves. Our life is walking performance art".

And to ensure it stayed dead arty, West added that he had worked hard to ensure that there was nothing sexual about the video. "We were very careful with shots that had [something] sexual to take them out", he said.

You can, or more likely can't, watch the video on Tidal.

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