TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Collecting societies representing the creators and owners of literary, artistic, journalistic and musical copyrights in Australia have launched a new social media led campaign called 'Changed My Life' which, in no small part, is pre-empting moves to expand the copyright exceptions system in the county to be more like that in the US. As previously reported... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having started her career in music providing backing vocals for the likes of Rudimental, John Newman, Years & Years and more, Anna Straker recently released her debut EP as an artist in her own right. Titled 'Serious', the four track collection definitely sets her on a strong path for 2017. Bringing together a series of singles released over the last half a year... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including the BBC's Sound Of 2017 list and whether it matters, the future of artificial intelligence and other new tech in music, and the distressing news that Kate Bush is (possibly) a massive Tory. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Australian creators launch campaign against proposed copyright reform
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LEGAL 50 Cent to receive $14.5 million in settlement with law firm
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LIVE BUSINESS Pulse nightclub now won't be sold to city of Orlando
Amazon is the exclusive ticket agent for intimate Robbie Williams show
Live Nation drops Jeremih from PartyNextDoor tour
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Guvera postpones AGM because it can't pay its auditors
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ARTIST NEWS Blue plaque to be placed on former Joe Strummer squat
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Austra announce UK tour dates
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ONE LINERS Liam Gallagher, Childish Gambino, Liz Morentin, more
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AND FINALLY... Bob Dylan sends speech and Patti Smith to cover Nobel Prize duties
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We are now looking for a Marketing Manager – Brands and Attractions, to join the Marketing team based at The O2. You will play a pivotal role in bringing to life the brand proposition across all veins of the business, driving footfall to the venue and driving ticket sales for Up at The O2.

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ATC LIVE - GENERAL MANAGER (LONDON)
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Maximum Boost Management and its associated group of companies are looking for an exceptional and motivated addition to their team. You will have involvement within logistics, social media, touring and events. As an intern to the artist managers you will be entrusted to support, assist planning and execution of a number of processes on behalf of the artist managers and their artists.

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Australian creators launch campaign against proposed copyright reform
Collecting societies representing the creators and owners of literary, artistic, journalistic and musical copyrights in Australia have launched a new social media led campaign called 'Changed My Life' which, in no small part, is pre-empting moves to expand the copyright exceptions system in the county to be more like that in the US.

As previously reported, earlier this year Australia's Productivity Commission made a number of pretty radical proposals for copyright reform, including a significant cut to copyright terms. The country's government quickly distanced itself from that idea, but it seems that rights owners now fear that other proposals to introduce a US-style fair use concept into the country's copyright law could be taken on by politicians next year.

Most copyright systems provide a list of scenarios where people can make use of copyright protected material without licence, and without paying any royalties. Quite how these exceptions work varies from country to country. The Australian system is quite like the UK system, often referred to as 'fair dealing', with a more precise list of scenarios in which copyright exceptions apply, rather than the more nebulous concept of 'fair use', which is found in American copyright law.

Earlier this year, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry responded to the Productivity Commission's report by saying: "Licensing, not exceptions to copyright, drives innovation. Innovation is best achieved through licensing agreements between content owners and users, including technological innovators ... It is no coincidence that those who champion the 'flexibility' of fair use exceptions/defences typically are those whose business models depend on unfettered access to copyright works".

Music industry collecting society APRA/AMCOS has now joined up with the Copyright Agency, which collects for the book, art and media industries, to launch the 'Changed My Life' campaign, which is based around famous faces - including actors, presenters, authors and, from the world of music, Reg Mombassa from Mental As Anything and Sam Margin from The Rubens - discussing the song or book that changed their life.

The consumer-facing message is to support creators by buying their work, crediting their work, and asking for permission before using their work. Though for the political audience the message is "don't mess with our fair dealing rules". Oh, that and something about safe harbours, obviously.

Launching the campaign yesterday, Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling told reporters: "Draft recommendations made by the Productivity Commission include the implementation of 'fair use' - an American legal principle that has enabled large enterprises in the US to use copyright material for free. This, along with the proposed expansion of the safe harbour provision, would see Australian artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers not receiving fair payment for their work and make it substantially harder to make a living".

Meanwhile APRA AMCOS boss Brett Cottle added: "At a time when copyright is working in practice as it should, and just when the culturally-rich and economically vital business of music is getting back on its feet, it's difficult to fathom why measures such as those relating to safe harbour expansion or so-called 'fair use' should be contemplated by government".

The campaign's website is here. Premium CMU subscribers can check out this article explaining more about fair use in the context on the infamous 'dancing baby' case. But don't go sharing it with non-premium users now will you? Fuck fair use, I say.

50 Cent to receive $14.5 million in settlement with law firm
50 Cent has secured a reported $14.5 million settlement by bringing to an end a legal dispute with his former law firm, according to Forbes. The rapper sued Garvey Schubert Barer last year, accusing the company of bungling a case brought against him by headphones maker Sleek Audio, in which he was ordered to hand over $16 million.

This all goes back to 50 Cent's attempts to break into the overpriced headphones market in 2010. He entered into a deal with Sleek to produce a range of headphones under the brand Sleek By 50. But when that deal fell apart, he set up a new company, SMS Audio, and pressed ahead.

He claimed that GSB had told him that he would be able to produce his own headphones without infringing on Sleek's intellectual property. But when Sleek sued, a judge did not agree, ruling in the tech company's favour.

Suing the law firm last year, 50 Cent said that GSB had made "numerous failures" during the case, including "its inexplicable decision not to call technical and damages experts to rebut expert testimony offered by Sleek".

GSB denied any wrongdoing, but has now seemingly agreed to hand over a multi-million dollar settlement to the rapper. In return, he absolves the company of any guilt, providing a statement through noted legal publication Instagram.

"I retract my earlier statements about the legal services provided to me by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer", he said via the social network yesterday. "The law firm and I have settled our dispute and I consider the issue closed".

The payment will still have to be approved by the bankruptcy court - 50 Cent having declared himself insolvent last year, after he was ordered to pay Lastonia Leviston damages of $5 million for leaking a sex tape featuring her and rival rapper Rick Ross. He was subsequently ordered to pay additional damages of $2 million - though under a deal approved by the bankruptcy court in July, he agreed to hand over $6 million in total.

Sleek Audio is among creditors still owed money by 50 Cent, in addition to Leviston. In his bankruptcy deal, he agreed to hand over $7.4 million to creditors right away, before setting aside $2 million per year for the next five years. The settlement from GSB may speed up that process.

Pulse nightclub now won't be sold to city of Orlando
The owner of the Orlando nightclub where 49 people were killed in a mass shooting earlier this year has said she now won't sell the property to the city.

As previously reported, Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer last month announced that the city would pay $2.25 million to take control of the Pulse nightclub. He said that the city intended to make what has already become an unofficial memorial safer, reducing the impact on neighbouring businesses, while considering plans for a more formal permanent memorial on the site.

But current owner Barbara Poma has now said she's changed her mind about selling the venue, which was part of the Florida city's LGBT scene. According to CNN, Poma said yesterday that she had been struggling with the decision to sell since before Thanksgiving and that "the struggle was with letting it go and it's something I couldn't come to grips with. You couldn't put a price on it for me".

Speaking at a press conference, she added that: "I intend to create a space for everyone, a sanctuary of hope, and a welcoming area to remember all those affected by the tragedy". The local community, city officials and victims of the shooting would all be consulted about what that might be, Poma added. "I think it's hard for us to say what the future is going to be. We've built businesses but we've never built a memorial".

Dyer said he respected Poma's decision, adding in a statement that: "We believe it is important for the community to have input into a memorial that honours the victims and pays tribute to the resiliency of Orlando. City staff will continue to research and understand how other communities have approached the memorial process. As we better understand that process, and after engaging with our commissioners and community partners, we'll update the community on the next steps".

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Amazon is the exclusive ticket agent for intimate Robbie Williams show
Good news for fans of Robbie Williams and disruption of "the entire live entertainment experience". Now you can combine your two hobbies and buy tickets for an intimate performance of tracks from Amazon's latest album via Robbie Williams' ticketing platform. Or it might be the other way round.

So, yes, ahead of next year's stadium shows, Williams will play a gig at St John At Hackney Church later this month, and the only way you can get tickets is to buy them off Amazon.

The web giant has been quietly ramping up its ticketing operations of late of course and, as previously reported, in recent job ads for new ticketing execs cited ambitions to totally disrupt an "industry that has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s". And who knew that would mean locking Robbie Williams in a church until he sang some songs?

Says the firm: "To celebrate the success of his number one hit album 'The Heavy Entertainment Show', Robbie Williams has confirmed he will perform a special one-off gig at St John At Hackney Church ahead of his forthcoming stadium tour, exclusively for Amazon Tickets customers".

Tickets went on sale at 9am this morning. By which I mean, tickets have sold out. Though given that Ticketmaster recently declared Robbie's upcoming shows as the most hotly anticipated gigs of the coming year, perhaps they'll have some for sale on one of their lovely secondary sites. Yeah, disrupt that Amazon why don't you?

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Live Nation drops Jeremih from PartyNextDoor tour
R&B type Jeremih has been thrown off rapper PartyNextDoor's current UK tour, on which he was acting as support act. In a statement, promoter Live Nation said that it had been left with "no choice" after "multiple incidents".

Those incidents include Jeremih allegedly sending a stand in for a recent performance in Houston, walking off stage after two songs in Chicago and dissing the headliner at show in Dallas. Oh, and the slightly bizarre claim that pepper spray had been "put in the atmosphere" during that latter performance.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Live Nation said: "Live Nation's top priority is helping artists and performers create great shows for their fans. With this in mind, we've decided it's best for the 'Summer's Over' tour to continue without Jeremih, effective immediately. After multiple incidents we are left with no other choice. We do not support these actions or take these actions lightly. Ticketholders may request a full refund at point of purchase, which will forfeit access to the entire show. No partial refunds will be issued".

Guvera postpones AGM because it can't pay its auditors
So, how's streaming service Guvera doing following its abandoned IPO and the resulting putting of two subsidiaries into administration and total shutdown in various markets including home country Australia? Shall we ask the firm's auditors?

Erm, no. Accountancy firm EY seemingly hasn't been paid, so is refusing to do any counting. "Ernst & Young will not perform the audit until outstanding invoices are paid and Guvera Limited currently does not have the funds to make the payment", the digital music company told the Australian Securities And Investments Commission last week.

According to The Courier-Mail, Guvera confirmed its auditors were awaiting payment while asking the ASIC for permission to postpone its annual general meeting for investors until next year, an AGM having been expected to take place last month.

It was Company Secretary Ken Hostland who requested the postponement, in what was seemingly his last act for the business before resigning from that post. The last time Guvera co-founder and CEO Claes Loberg commented on his company's cash flow woes he said the firm was still awaiting a multi-million refund from the Australian tax authority, which may or may not be still pending, and which may or may not get the accountants back on side.

Though, all things considered, I'm not sure we need any auditor's report to tell us how streaming service Guvera is doing following its abandoned IPO and the resulting putting of two subsidiaries into administration and total shutdown in various markets including home country Australia, do we?

  Approved: Anna Straker
Having started her career in music providing backing vocals for the likes of Rudimental, John Newman, Years & Years and more, Anna Straker recently released her debut EP as an artist in her own right. Titled 'Serious', the four track collection definitely sets her on a strong path for 2017.

Bringing together a series of singles released over the last half a year - 'How We Are', 'Late Night Swimming', 'Desert Floor' and 'Serious' - she shows an impressive range as both a vocalist and producer. The title track and its strikingly simple video really mark her out.

Watch the video for 'Serious' here.

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Blue plaque to be placed on former Joe Strummer squat
One of those blue plaques will be placed on a house in Camden tomorrow to acknowledge that Clash frontman Joe Strummer squatted there in the late 1970s.

Commenting on the news, Clash associate Don Letts says: "Strummer didn't need nor did he seek society's blessing - this comes live and direct from the people!"

London's new Night Czar Amy Lamé, who will attend tomorrow's ceremony, adds: "I was incredibly proud to be announced as London's first Night Czar at the historic 100 Club last month. It was one of my proudest moments for so many reasons, including being on the same stage made famous by The Clash and other legendary bands".

She continued: "I'm delighted to see one of my heroes honoured in this way and it's a reminder that Joe Strummer's influence is still shaping peoples' lives. I can see punk's do-it-yourself attitude in London's pop-up restaurants, clubs and of course in the music venues that stage new bands and artists every night".

Now separated into flats, Strummer lived at 33 Daventry Street in 1978 and 1979, writing songs that would appear on the band's 'London Calling' album.

Austra announce UK tour dates
Austra have announced UK tour dates for next year, which will follow the release of new album, 'Utopia'. As previously reported, that new LP is due out through Domino on 20 Jan.

In preparation for that, the video for new single 'Future Politics' has just been released, of which Austra's Katie Stelmanis says: "'Future Politics' is the breaking down of paradigms. In this video, we wanted to explore what a world might look like if our values were transformed: instead of glorifying labour, maybe we could learn to glorify the act of doing absolutely nothing".

Watch the video here.

The dates are:

21 Mar: Brighton, Patterns
22 Mar: London, Village Underground
23 Mar: Edinburgh, Summerhall
24 Mar: Manchester, Deaf Institute

Liam Gallagher, Childish Gambino, Liz Morentin, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Liam Gallagher signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell last week. Did we mention that? No, we did not. MD Mike Smith is "so pleased".

• Booking agency WME has taken on the musical adventures of Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, which already reps him for film and TV work. Or so says The Hollywood Reporter.

• If you thought Liz Morentin off of Dick Clark Productions would make a swell EVP of Communications And Media for Warner Bros Records in the US, you may just well be her new boss Peter Gray, EVP of Warner Bros Records in the US. Hi Pete!

• So, it was the rather tricky Nordoff Robbins Pop Quiz in London last night, with Warner Music being crowned winners. Though the media team saw CMU, Record Of The Day and Music Week collaborate which, in these politically divided times, is surely what really matters. Which is code for 'we came tenth'.

• Finders Keepers Records will release Graeme Miller and Steve Shill's 1983 UK-specific soundtrack for 'The Moomins' on 10 Feb. Listen to the whole release here. And for more though unrelated Moomins chat, check out this week's CMU Podcast. Yeah, really.

• Japanese boyband SMAP will air the final episode of their weekly TV show 'SMAP x SMAP' on 26 Dec, after nearly 21 years. This comes after the confirmation earlier this year that the group are to split.

• The Last Shadow Puppets have released the video for 'This Is Your Life'.

• Bossman Birdie has released new track 'My Yard', featuring JME.

• Hurray For The Riff Raff will release new album 'The Navigator' on 10 Mar. From it, this is 'Rican Beach'.

• The Feelies will mark their 40th anniversary next year with their first album for six years. 'In Between' will be out on 24 Feb. From it, this is 'Been Replaced'.

• The Maccabees have announced three farewell shows for next year. They'll be Manchester's Apollo on 28 Jun, followed by two nights at Alexandra Palace in London on 30 Jun and 1 Jul.

• Rag N Bone Man will head out on his biggest headline tour of the UK to date next April, including two nights at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on 19-20 Apr.

• The Music Producers Guild and BRITs won't present a joint Producer Of The Year award this year, seemingly as a result of the previously reported overhaul of the BRITs Voting Academy, or something like that. Shame.

Bob Dylan sends speech and Patti Smith to cover Nobel Prize duties
Who do you turn to when Bob Dylan lets you down? That's right: Patti Smith. She will perform at next week's Nobel Prize ceremony in Dylan's place.

As previously reported, this has been a bit of a saga. Dylan initially failed to respond to the news that he'd won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Then he eventually said that he was super pleased. Then he remembered he had something better to do on the day of the ceremony.

Although he won't be in attendance, Dylan has at least written a speech that will be read out at the official awards dinner. Smith will perform his song/literature 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' backed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

As well as not appearing at next week's dinner, Dylan will not give a lecture ahead of the event. Although he has six months from the ceremony on 10 Dec to give said lecture, which is the only condition of receiving his prize money, the talk is traditionally given on 7 Dec. The Swedish Academy has said that it is still hopeful that Dylan will deliver his lecture next year, when he is due to play a show in Stockholm.

 
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