FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: A German court has ruled that file-transfer and cloud-storage company Uploaded.net can be held liable for the copyright infringement of its users because it failed to implement enough measures to stop piracy occurring on its networks. The role of cloud-storage services in facilitating the illegal distribution of music and movies has been on the entertainment industry's radar for years... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: It's somehow XOYO in Shoreditch's fourth birthday and they are celebrating with a series of special shows next week. Kicking things off are the mighty 2ManyDJs. Remember them? Steven and David Dewael off of Soulwax dishing out some "eclectic, off-kilter party vibes", as the blurb correctly states. Support is from Kiwi and Lemmy Ashton. I don't know if there'll be cake, but it'll be one... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: As if having his new film universally panned by critics isn't enough, 'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer now has to contend with the wrath of Die Antwoord. Which might smart a bit more because he is – according to the rap duo – a big fan. I guess he'll just have to console himself with the knowledge that the movie has already made back $120 million over its budget... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES German court says file-transfer firm needs to operate 'takedown and stay down' for safe harbour protection from copyright infringement claims
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LIVE BUSINESS Fabric cancels this weekend's events following recent drug-related deaths
WeGotTickets launches Indie 50 power list
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING ATC hires new brand partnerships chief
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MEDIA NME circulation at all time high as new magazine ABCs unveiled
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Robbie Williams leads tributes for David Enthoven
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ARTIST NEWS Rihanna to star in Ocean's Eleven spin-off
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RELEASES Keane's Tom Chaplin to release solo album
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ONE LINERS Off The Record, Green Day, more...
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #318: Die Antwoord v Suicide Squad
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German court says file-transfer firm needs to operate 'takedown and stay down' for safe harbour protection from copyright infringement claims
A German court has ruled that file-transfer and cloud-storage company Uploaded.net can be held liable for the copyright infringement of its users because it failed to implement enough measures to stop piracy occurring on its networks.

The role of cloud-storage services in facilitating the illegal distribution of music and movies has been on the entertainment industry's radar for years, of course. The MegaUpload case probably remains the most high profile legal assault on such a service, though in Europe it was companies like RapidShare that were on the receiving end of the litigation.

Cloud-storage companies usually claim safe harbour protection. They argue that they remove infringing content when made aware of it by a copyright owner, and therefore they qualify for protection from liability for infringement under the safe harbours of US or European law. Courts in different jurisdictions, and sometimes within the same jurisdiction, haven't been especially consistent on quite how good a takedown system such platforms must operate in order to benefit from safe harbour.

Though interestingly in the latest legal battle with Uploaded.net, pursued by German collecting society GEMA, the courts said that simply responding to individual takedown notices from rights owners wasn't enough. In particular, the digital firm should put in place measures to stop previously removed infringing files from being re-uploaded. The rights owners call that 'takedown and stay down', and it's one of the key obligations music and movie companies would like to see be extended to all web companies.

Which makes the ruling in the Regional Court Of Munich a good one for both GEMA and the wider entertainment industry. Though Uploaded.net owner Cyando AG is likely to appeal, and a separate hearing will be required to ascertain what damages GEMA is due from the cloud-storage firm for its past failings in policing piracy on its networks.

But GEMA boss Dr Harald Heker is nevertheless happy with this week's ruling, telling reporters that "file-hosting services earn a lot of money though the exploitation of creative content. Copyright infringements are willingly accepted. This imbalance hurts our members and is something we can't accept".

He went on: "We therefore demand a legal framework where platform operators are held accountable and authors finally get their fair share in the respective proceeds. This decision is a clear signal for creatives".

Fabric cancels this weekend's events following recent drug-related deaths
London club Fabric has cancelled this weekend's programme following the drug-related deaths of two teenagers at the venue in recent weeks.

In a statement of its website, the club said: "For the past two years Fabric has operated without incident, but tragically in the past nine weeks two eighteen-year-old boys have died as a consequence of drug overdoses. In order to understand how this has happened we have agreed with the police and other agencies to suspend our operation while we investigate. The club will therefore be closed this weekend".

The first of the two incidents took place on 25 Jun when a clubber fell ill at the venue and later died. The second occurred last weekend when an eighteen year old male collapsed outside Fabric's London base and was pronounced dead shortly after.

As previously reported, Fabric faced the prospect of losing its licence after its local authority launched a review of its operations in 2014 following complaints from police regarding drug-related incidents. In order to avoid that, the club agreed to a number of strict new security measures including sniffer dogs and ID scans. Though at the same time it appealed the council's ruling on its licence. That appeal was successful meaning the new measures were never fully implemented.

At the time of the club's fallout with Islington Council, police admitted that - despite making a complaint about Fabric - they actually had a good relationship with the venue. Meanwhile management there said that: "Fabric has always operated a zero tolerance drugs policy and we're proud to continue to be open and honest in assisting the police with any incident investigations".

Yesterday, the club said that it would make a further statement on the recent incidents and upcoming events next week, while adding "in the meantime for anyone who has purchased a ticket for the club this weekend, we have instructed Resident Advisor to refund all ticket purchases".

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WeGotTickets launches Indie 50 power list
Ticketing firm WeGotTickets has unveiled its first Indie 50 list – a rundown of the 50 people a panel of judges deemed to be the most influential in grassroots music in the UK.

Among those anointed are SBTV founder Jamal Edwards, GRM Daily editor Caroline Simionescu-Marin, NTS founder Femi Adeymi, Eat Your Own Ears chief Tom Baker, Sebright Arms booker Loretta DeFéo, radio presenter Jon Hillcock, The Local's Howard Monk, and Ramsgate Music Hall owner Jules Bigg.

"We started out in 2000 as a small ticketing company working on local gigs in Oxford", says WeGotTickets co-founder Dave Newton. "We now work with thousands of venues and promoters across the UK, and we've seen first hand, time and time again, the effect that certain individuals can have on a local scene. Indie 50 is all about celebrating those people and giving them some recognition on a national level".

Next month, the people featured on the inaugural list will be featured in a photography exhibition at the 71A Gallery in Shoreditch. Photographer Dan Wilton snapped each of them in their natural environment. The exhibition will run from 1-8 Sep.

The full list is as follows:

Alex Murray - Promoter, One Inch Badge
Alice Passey - Owner, Servant Jazz
Amanda Stanley & Stacey Walton - Co-Founders, TYCI
Camille Rearden - Independent Promoter
Caroline Simionescu-Marin - Editor, GRM Daily / A&R Manager, XL Recordings
Chris Bye - Music Manager, The Arts Council
Chris Horkan - Promoter, Hey Manchester / Editor, Manchester Wire
Chris Tipton - Promoter, Upset The Rhythm
Craig Johnston - Booker, King Tuts
Daniel Monsell - Promoter, Rockfeedback
Dominique Frazer - Booker, The Boileroom
Dylan Clarke - Booker, The Brook
Ed Lilo - Event Booker, Vice
Emma Daman Thomas - Independent Promoter
Femi Adeymi - Founder, NTS
Grainne Braithwaite - Promoter, Synergy Concerts
Howard Monk - Promoter, The Local
Immy Doman & Risa Tabatznik - Managers, The Green Note
Jamal Edwards - Founder, SBTV
Jeff Horton - Owner, The 100 Club
Jeffrey Johns - Individual
Jess Partridge - Editor, London in Stereo
Jodie Layton - Co-owner, Space Station and Brixton Beach Boulevard
Joe Caithness - Co-Founder, JT Soar, Subsequent Mastering & Second Stage Audio
Joe Grant - Founder, Be Nothing Concerts
Joel Thompson - Booker, The Cluny
John Rostron - Co-Founder, Swn Festival & The Welsh Music Prize
Jon Hillcock - Presenter, BBC 6 Music / Podcaster
Jon Wickstead & Wesley Jones - Founders, Now Wave
Jules Bigg - Owner, Ramsgate Music Hall
Julian Deane - Founder, Raygun Management
Kate Hewett - Booker, The Harley & Tramlines Festival
Kathianne Hingwan - General Manager, Vortex Jazz Club
Liam Jolly - Promoter, SW1 Productions
Loretta DeFéo - Booker, The Sebright Arms
Nathan Clark - Owner, The Brudenell Social Club
Rachel Aggs - Band Leader / Independent Promoter
Ronan Munro - Founder/Editor, Nightshift Magazine
Rupert Morrison - Owner, The Drift
Sarah Cole - Promoter, Supercharged
Simon Baker - Booker, The Portland Arms
Simon Catling - Booker, Soup Kitchen
Simon Williams - Founder, Fierce Panda Records
Steve 'Revo' Miller - Promoter, EVOL
Tallah Brash - Marketing Manager/Booker, Electric Circus
Thristian Richards - Co-Founder, Boiler Room
Tom Baker - Founder, Eat Your Own Ears & Field Day

Find out more at www.indie50.com

ATC hires new brand partnerships chief
Management firm ATC has announced the appointed of Gary Cohen to the role of Director Of Brand Partnerships & Corporate/Private Hires. In the newly created role, Cohen will seek to grow the brand partnership and corporate bookings side of both the ATC management business and also its booking agency ATC Live.

Cohen was previously Managing Partner at marketing agency Brand Aid where he worked on campaigns in the US and UK for the likes of Guinness, Corona, T-Mobile, Topman, The Daily Mail and Heineken.

Confirming the new hire ATC General manger Phil Middleton said: "We are delighted to welcome Gary to ATC and believe that his appointment will not only enable us to continue to provide the very highest levels of service to all our clients on a day to day basis, but that it will also deliver a number of exciting opportunities that will help our artists continue to flourish and grow for years to come".

Meanwhile Cohen himself added: "It's a real pleasure to get the opportunity to work with such a diverse and talented roster of artists. We're looking to develop creative and authentic partnerships with brands across live, content, digital, experiential and other channels. I'm THRILLED to join ATC at a time when there are so many new and compelling opportunities for brands to collaborate with artists".

NME circulation at all time high as new magazine ABCs unveiled
The latest ABC circulation figures for magazines were announced yesterday, with plenty of doom and gloom across the market if you're looking for such a thing. According to the Press Gazette, across all the publications included in the latest set of stats, there was a 5.3% drop in sales year-on-year over the first six months of 2016, with the majority of titles seeing their circulations slip or slide.

Not all the music titles monitored by ABC were included in the latest stats pack, though of those that were, at least one was bucking the trend, with Top of The Pops magazine seeing its sales rise 2.2% to 43,944, possibly stealing readers from rival kids music mag We Love Pop, which saw its circulation slide 22% year-on-year, selling an average of 29,076 copies per edition. Uncut also saw a slight decline, down 2.6% to 48,305.

Though NME, of course, is scoring record circulation figures now that it's a freebie title, which is cheating slightly, though its average weekly distribution this time of 308,606 is up 0.5% on what it was shifting during its first period as a free magazine. Publisher Time Inc UK also brags that ad revenues were up 13% for the period too.

Says Paul Cheal, Group MD of Time Inc UK's Innovation Group: "NME has never been more influential and the brand is in a state of healthy growth. We've achieved big commercial wins across fashion, film and music this period including our first wholly native issue with Adidas, and advertising revenues have climbed by 13% on the period and 128% on the year. NME now reaches 2.4 million via social and NME.com has 5.8 million unique users each month".

And in case you wondered why Kerrang! and Q aren't featured here, it's because the two Bauer-owned titles are now reporting ABC figures just once a year. A spokesman for the publisher told CMU: 'With the Bauer magazine media portfolio now comprising of 94 titles, we have decided to move the music titles in line with the majority of our specialist titles which audit annually in order to provide a more stable view of sales. The next release will be in February 2017.'

Robbie Williams leads tributes for David Enthoven
Robbie Williams has led the tributes being made to artist manager David Enthoven, who has died after a short illness.

Enthoven enjoyed a long career in the music industry, launching his first business EG Records in 1969. In 1992 he co-founded ie:music with business partner Tim Clark, creating one of the UK's key artist management companies, which is probably best known for managing Williams's hugely successful solo career.

The singer broke the news of Enthoven's passing on Twitter yesterday, saying: "My friend, mentor and hero passed away today. David Enthoven I love you RIP x".

Meanwhile Clark told the Mirror: "David Enthoven represented great artists so successfully because he always put their interests first. His tenacity in fighting for artists' rights is the stuff of legend. He pricked the pompous, had a nickname for everyone but was so generous and kind too. No wonder his artists and so many in the music business loved him".

Earlier in his career, Enthoven spent a decade battling drink and drug addiction. In his later life he used those experiences to provide invaluable support to a number of artists facing similar challenges, something Clark also noted while paying tribute to his business partner.

Clark: "His legacy to the music industry is not in doubt. Just look at the stellar list of artists he represented over the years. What is much less well known is the unstinting help he gave to those who had taken a self-destructive path, for whatever reason - just as he had done all those years ago. He has been utterly selfless in that respect. He was my partner, my ally and my dearest friend".

Both Enthoven and Clark have been active supporters of the Music Managers Forum over the years too, and the trade group also paid tribute last night, saying: "We are very sad that long time manager and MMF supporter David Enthoven has passed away today after a short illness. David will be remembered as a true friend, an exemplary colleague, a helpful mentor and a truly exceptional human being. Our thoughts are with all the artists and team he worked with at ie:music and of course his family. Big Hugs David. We will miss you".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: XOYO 4th Birthday – 2ManyDJs
It's somehow XOYO in Shoreditch's fourth birthday and they are celebrating with a series of special shows next week. Kicking things off are the mighty 2ManyDJs.

Remember them? Steven and David Dewael off of Soulwax dishing out some "eclectic, off-kilter party vibes", as the blurb correctly states. Support is from Kiwi and Lemmy Ashton. I don't know if there'll be cake, but it'll be one hell of night whatever.

Wednesday 18 Aug, XOYO, Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP, 9pm-3am, tickets £15 in advance. Info here.
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Rihanna to star in Ocean's Eleven spin-off
You might have thought, given the reception the recent 'Ghostbusters' remake had, Hollywood might have decided against making any more films with female lead characters. Thankfully not, which is how Rihanna came to sign on to an all-female reboot of 'Ocean's Eleven', titled 'Ocean's Ocho'.

That's 'ocho' meaning eight, because who could think of a whole eleven women? According to The Hollywood Reporter, as well as Rihanna, producers have so far managed to hire Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and rapper Awkwafina. So they just need to wrack their brains for one more.

'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross is set to oversee the filming, while 'Ocean's Eleven' director Steven Soderbergh will producer. The screenplay has been written by Olivia Milch.

As soon as all films have been remade with women in the lead roles, it's thought that someone might consider going to the effort of coming up with original stories for major movies with female casts.

Keane's Tom Chaplin to release solo album
Keane frontman Tom Chaplin is to release his debut solo album, 'The Wave', on 14 Oct via Universal's Island Records.

"If there is a narrative of going from dark to light through the course of my record, then 'Still Waiting' is firmly rooted in the darkest place", he says of one track on the album. Of first single, 'Quicksand', he adds: "Musically we wanted 'Quicksand' to tread that fine line between joy and despair while making the chorus heartfelt and uplifting".

You can hear an entirely different track not mentioned there, 'Hardened Heart', right here.

Off The Record, Green Day, more...

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The teams behind the Kendal Calling, Bluedot and Liverpool Sound City festivals are launching a new music event in Manchester in November called Off The Record. Working with music website Louder Than War, there'll be a daytime conference and then showcases featuring 30 emerging acts. More at otrmcr.com

• Green Day have announced that their new album will be called 'Radio Revolution', and it will be released on 7 Oct. Here's first single 'Bang Bang'.

• That band you like, Slaves, have released a new track, 'Spit It Out'.

• Frances has released the video for 'Say It Again'. Frances has released the video for 'Say It Again'. Frances has re... oh never mind.

• Following on from the brilliant 'New Manhattan', Joy Crookes has released a new single, 'Sinatra'. "'Sinatra' is about a fatal attraction", she says of the song. "Most of us can relate to misguided love - being with, or staying with someone who isn't right for you. You can almost become addicted to a person; the Sinatra Charm - as referenced in the song". 

• Pheeyownah has released a video for 'Vivid, Feartless', taken from her debut EP, 'zero9zero9'. Watch here.

• Kamakaze Twins have released a video for new single 'Ladyfuzz', which aims to highlight mental health awareness. Their debut EP, 'Sad', is out on 2 Sep.

• Skepta has announced that he will headline a show at Alexandra Palace in London on 2 Dec. Tickets went on sale this morning.

CMU Beef Of The Week #318: Die Antwoord v Suicide Squad
As if having his new film universally panned by critics isn't enough, 'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer now has to contend with the wrath of Die Antwoord. Which might smart a bit more because he is – according to the rap duo – a big fan. I guess he'll just have to console himself with the knowledge that the movie has already made back $120 million over its budget. I'm sure it'll be tough for him.

This week, Die Antwoord's Yolandi Visser posted a video on Instagram, comparing her own look against the 'Suicide Squad' character of Harley Quinn and her partner Ninja against that of The Joker. Writing below the video she said that these similarities were too stark to be coincidence. What's more, she claims, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto, who played the characters, said that Ayer had been talking up his love of Die Antwoord on set, and also phoned Ninja before the movie came out "pretending to be down".

As well as of the more obvious similarities, she adds that Ayer "nibbled" various other "tiny details ... that other people won't see but we notice". And if anything is to come out of all this, I would like it to be that people use "nibbled" to mean they've been ripped off more often.

The duo were also invited to the film's premiere, which Visser decided to boycott. Ninja did make the trip though, assuming that there had just been a 'misunderstanding'. Seemingly the worst part of that, aside from realising that there had been no misunderstanding, was that the rapper then had to watch the whole "bullshit movie". Something I'm sure many of us can sympathise with.

"You should start a crew called 'I'm a fake fuck'", she suggests. "Ask Kanye if he wants to join you".

Yeah, that was the other falling out Die Antwoord had recently. In a video posted on YouTube in May, Ninja describes being invited to West's house to work on ideas for music.

"I had this idea for a track and, as I'm about to say the shit about the track, Kanye just like turns away and switches on a fucking, like, an ass sex video", says the rapper. "And then Kanye says, 'Why is this guy putting his whole hand in her ass with his dick?' And then he turned back to me and said, 'Yo, sorry, what were you saying?' And as I'm about to start talking about the track again, Kanye says, 'Do you like banana pudding?'"

This was, says Ninja, actual banana pudding and not a weird euphemism. He also admits that it was actually "quite nice", but afterwards he felt weird and blocked Kanye's number. Clearly it had a deep effect on both of them, whether it actually happened or not. It's hard to tell what's real in a story that features both Die Antwoord and Kanye West, isn't it?

You know who's solid and dependable though? Paul McCartney. You know where you are with Macca, don't you? In a new interview with Rolling Stone he likens West's creative process to that of Andy Warhol, with various people working on bits of music that he picks and chooses from. A riff that McCartney whistled as part of a story he was telling "went into the pool of ingredients" and ended up being worked into 'All Day'.

While Die Antwoord used some fairly negative adjectives in their video discussing West, Rolling Stone came straight out and asked McCartney if Kanye is a genius. "I don't throw that word around", the former Beatle laughed. "I think he's a great artist".

Is that a clear enough answer? I'm not sure. Anyway, I think the point of all this, before I got sidetracked, was that 'Suicide Squad' is shit.

 
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