THURSDAY 24 AUGUST 2017 COMPLETEMUSICUPDATE.COM
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Two of the founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered to pay the major record companies 405,000 euros in damages for the copyright infringement the infamous piracy hub facilitates. This despite all three of the site's founders having insisted for years now that they no longer have any involvement in running the file-sharing service... [READ MORE]
THE RIGHTS OF ARTISTS AND SONGWRITERS POST-ASSIGNMENT - PERFORMER AND MORAL RIGHTS
Copyright provides creators with control over that which they create, but what happens when the creators themselves don't own the copyright in their work? Artists and songwriters who are no longer in control of their copyrights do still have some rights, sometimes by contract, and via performer and moral rights. With the latter in the news this week, CMU Trends considers what the law says about the rights of artists and songwriters after their copyrights have been assigned. [READ MORE]
   
THE VALUE OF MUSIC
Rarely a week goes by in the music business news these days without at least one catalogue acquisition. But who - other than labels and publishers - is buying music rights, and why? Are there opportunities for individual artists and songwriters to do deals with professional investors? And how do you even value music rights? CMU Trends reviews the music rights market - past, present and future. [READ MORE]
 
MAKING MONEY FROM MUSIC MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL AGE
While the challenges faced by the music industry since the mainstream adoption of the internet in the early 2000s have been widely documented, the music media has faced many of the same challenges too. CMU Trends reviews recent developments and trends in the music media business, and the ongoing challenges faced by media owners. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Pirate Bay founders ordered to pay 405,000 euros to the labels
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DEALS Just Isn't Music signs Ghostpoet
Warner/Chappell re-signs Xenomania's Miranda Cooper
East West signs Sheridan Smith, album due later this year
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BRANDS & MERCH Skepta's made a shoe
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MEDIA Box Plus announces app upgrade and Roku alliance
Showtime secures rights to Prince's 'Sign O The Times' film
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AND FINALLY... Corey Taylor not so excited about Kid Rock for US Senate
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KILIMANJARO LIVE - BOX OFFICE MANAGERS (MANCHESTER)
Kilimanjaro Live are looking for two experienced box office managers to work on a brand new family adventure in Manchester for a fixed term period, starting 25 Sep. There is the potential for the roles to be extended to include the London run following this period.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
SJM CONCERTS - VIP MANAGER/CO-ORDINATOR (MANCHESTER)
SJM offer exclusive VIP ticket packages across many of our major tours for artists such as Take That, One Direction, Little Mix and Coldplay which over the last year has amounted to over 60,000 packages. We are seeking a dynamic, self-motivated individual to successfully manage and develop our VIP department.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
THE ORCHARD - SENIOR LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
The Orchard needs a Senior Label Manager who will be the first point of contact for a number of labels, artists and managers. Working with internal and external teams, you will craft, create and coordinate effective and bespoke campaigns, over a number of different projects and across different musical genres.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
LEX RECORDS - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Lex Records are looking for a full-time Digital Marketing Manager to work from our North London office. You would be working as part of the team to present our music to the public and helping to join up promo with sales.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
THE DELTIC GROUP - SOCIAL MEDIA DEPARTMENT MANAGER (MILTON KEYNES)
The Deltic Group are looking for a Social Media Department Manager to develop and shape the company's social media and marketing activity, working across 58 bars and clubs including well-known brands such as PRYZM, ATIK and Bar & Beyond. This is a newly created role and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to build a social media team.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
THE DELTIC GROUP - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (MILTON KEYNES)
The Deltic Group are looking for Social Media Managers to manage, maintain and grow the company's social communities of circa 1.5 million 18-25-year olds. This is a new team of five that is being formed in order to deliver great content to inspire our social communities and deliver our social strategy.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
NAME PR - PRESS ASSISTANT/ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Name PR is looking to hire a Press Assistant/Account Executive. This is a fantastic opportunity for a bright individual with exceptional writing ability and a good grasp of the music business to work on some of the most interesting music issues and developments across the globe.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
SUNDAY BEST RECORDINGS - PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Sunday Best seeks a Product Manager with a minimum of one to two years record label experience. The role involves running a creative campaign from album delivery through to release. The candidate should have a passion for music and a good knowledge of digital marketing.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
MAXIMUM BOOST MANAGEMENT - MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Maximum Boost Management and its associated group of companies are looking for an exceptional and motivated addition to their team. As a direct assistant to a lead artist manager within the business you will be entrusted to support, plan and execute a number of processes on behalf of the manager and their artists.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
NINJA TUNE - BUSINESS AFFAIR ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune are hiring for a full-time business affairs position within the record label and publishing company, based in its London office. The role will include producing, negotiating and finalising various contracts.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
SECRETLY GROUP - LABEL ASSISTANT/OFFICE MANAGER (LONDON)
Secretly Group is seeking a Label Assistant/Office Manager for its London office, this is the perfect position for anyone with passion and talent to find their first job in the music industry.

For more information and to apply click here.
   
NINJA TUNE - COPYRIGHT ADMIN ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune are hiring for a full-time copyright administration position within the record label and publishing company, based in its London office. The role will include registering works with societies, maintaining internal databases, compiling credits and supporting the licensing team.

For more information and to apply click here.
 
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Digital Deals, Dollars And Trends - Explained!
MASTERCLASS | Monday 18 September 2017, London | INFO
This half day masterclass, presented by CMU MD and Business Editor Chris Cooke, will explain how digital music platforms are licensed and royalties distributed, as well as reviewing the digital market in 2017 and which services are leading in terms of users and revenue.
 
How The Music Business Works
SEMINARS | from Monday 25 September 2017, London | INFO
Our 'How The Music Business Works' programme consists of eight two-hour seminars which together cover: the various ways the music industry generates revenue, building and engaging a fanbase, the business partnerships artists form with music companies, and how the artist/label relationship is changing.
 
Enforcing Music Rights - Safe Harbours And Piracy
MASTERCLASS | Monday 20 November 2017, London | INFO
In this half day masterclass, CMU MD and Business Editor Chris Cooke will look at how the music industry enforces its copyrights, at the long-running battle with online music piracy, and at the controversy around the copyright safe harbour.

Pirate Bay founders ordered to pay 405,000 euros to the labels
Two of the founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered to pay the major record companies 405,000 euros in damages for the copyright infringement the infamous piracy hub facilitates. This despite all three of the site's founders having insisted for years now that they no longer have any involvement in running the file-sharing service.

The Pirate Bay has been sued numerous times in numerous countries over the years, of course, with the site often not defending itself and usually losing. Though the biggest legal action to date remains the combined criminal and civil action against founders Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Peter Sunde in the Swedish courts in 2009. They lost the case and were ordered to serve jail term and pay damages to the record industry. All three men did ultimately spend some time in prison, though no damages were ever paid.

The three men were also sued in Finland in 2011 in an action filed by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry and local anti-piracy agency CIAPC. That case has been slowly working its way through the system ever since. Sunde was found liable for copyright infringement last year, while similar rulings were made about Neij and Svartholm in the Helsinki District Court this week.

According to Torrentfreak, the Finnish court ordered the two men to stop the copyright infringing operations of The Pirate Bay, and to pay the majors 405,000 euros. Neither man defended himself, and it seems unlikely the labels will ever see their money.

When the court in Helsinki ruled against Sunde last year, he hit out at the judgement, insisting he wasn't aware of the action until he read media reports on the judgement and, anyway, he no longer has any involvement in The Pirate Bay so has no way of stopping its operations. Sunde also threatened to sue the record labels for defamation, on the basis they pursued legal action against him even when they knew he was no longer involved in the Bay.

Despite all the various lawsuits, The Pirate Bay continues to operate, of course, even though internet service providers have been ordered to try and block access to the site in some countries. After Neij, Svartholm and Sunde had been targeted personally with both criminal and civil actions in relation to the piracy site, the people who have subsequently taken over running the operation do so anonymously.

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Just Isn't Music signs Ghostpoet
Ninja Tune-allied music publisher Just Isn't Music has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Ghostpoet - aka Obaro Ejimiwe - whose fourth album 'Dark Days + Canapés' came out last week.

Confirming the deal, Just Isn't Music's Martin Dobson told reporters: "Ninja Tune and Just Isn't Music have been fans of Ghostpoet for years now and finally we get to officially work with him on the publishing side of things".

Dobson adds that: "Obaro's songwriting has always been so intensely original and uniquely British, yet 'Dark Day + Canapés' feels like his most inspired work to date. Even when some of those inspirations come from the darker territory the world is currently experiencing. We can't wait to introduce these songs to the wider world and have others enjoy them as much as we do."

Ejimiwe himself added: "After admiring them from afar for a while, it's nice to now be part of the JIM publishing family. I'm very much looking forward to the adventures ahead".

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Warner/Chappell re-signs Xenomania's Miranda Cooper
Warner/Chappell has renewed its worldwide deal with songwriter Miranda Cooper who has written numerous hits over the years for the likes of Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes and The Saturdays, usually as part of pop production outfit Xenomania.

Confirming that the publisher would continue to rep Cooper's song rights, Warner/Chappell UK MD Mike Smith told reporters: "It's an honour and a privilege to have Miranda re-sign with us here at Warner/Chappell. She is a legend who has worked with some of the greatest talents in the pop world, writing songs that have stood the test of time to become true classics. Everyone here is looking forward to continuing to support Miranda as she enters the next stage of her incredible career".

Cooper also confirmed the new deal and her interest in collaborating with up and coming writers, stating: "I'm so pleased to be able to continue working with Mike and the team at Warner/Chappell. They have some of the most talented emerging songwriters in the UK on their books, and the scope for collaborations is extremely exciting".

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East West signs Sheridan Smith, album due later this year
Warner Music label East West has signed actress Sheridan Smith to a record deal, with plans to bring out an album later this year. Although best known for her prolific TV career, Smith has performed in a number of musicals on stage, as well as portraying Cilla Black in the 2014 ITV mini-series about Black's early career as a singer.

Confirming the record deal, Smith said: "It has been an ambition since I was a child to record my own album so I'm incredibly excited to be recording some of my favourite songs and working alongside an amazing team at East West Records".

Speaking for the Warner label, East West President Dan Chalmers said "We're very excited to work with Sheridan. I've admired her for many years and she has an incredible voice. When I first saw her performing I knew that I was in the presence of real talent - she's up there alongside the all-time greats. I have no doubt that Sheridan will have a long and exciting career because she's genuine and knows how to connect with an audience, her fans love her and she's one of the country's finest all-round entertainers".

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Skepta's made a shoe
If you're one of those people who has always thought that, while it's fun consuming Skepta via your ears, it would be much more fun if you could consume Skepta on your feet, well good news!

Next month Nike will start selling a sneaker designed by the grime star. It's his second tie-up with the trainer maker, though last time the shoes he designed were one-offs not available for us all to buy. The new Skepta design for the Nike Air Max range will be available for all on 2 Sep. What a time to be alive!

Nike says the Skepta shoe is "inspired by his love of Nike Air and his home-away-from-London, Morocco. A trip to Essaouira, a coastal city frequented by rock stars during the 60s, provided further colours, sounds and stories that would shape the Air Max 97 Sk collaboration". So now you know. That the new shoe is called Air Max 97 Sk at least.

Writes Skepta himself on Nike's website: "I am blessed to have been able to travel the world doing what I do. After touring so much, I was looking for some peace. I found Morocco, and it was perfect. Everything I wanted to feel about peace, I found it there. I like the architecture, the pastel colours, the taxis, the way that you could just go into a small little souq, open a door and it brings you into a big, massive, beautiful new world that you never would have expected".

"How did that experience subsequently manifest itself as a shoe?" you might wonder. It's all about the colour palette, obviously! "When designing the Air Max 97 Sk, we took the colour palette of Morocco into consideration", muses Skepta. But Morocco wasn't the only thing that inspired the new Nike shoe. No, Sketpa was also inspired by Nike shoes.

"The palette of the 1999 Air Tuned Max" was also a consideration, he says, adding: "That was the first shoe I ever saved up money to buy, so I wanted to bring its magic to the 97 - the magic that made me first love Air Max when I saw it as a child".

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Box Plus announces app upgrade and Roku alliance
Music TV operator Box Plus has announced an imminent revamp of its app across mobile devices, smart TV systems and gaming consoles. The new version of the app will launch first on smart-TV platform Roku, where the music TV network is appearing for the first time. The Box Plus app provides access to the company's live TV channels, plus on-demand access to programmes, charts and curated playlists.

Confirming the new alliance with Roku as part of the app upgrade, Box Plus Network's Digital Director Ben Williams said: "We're delighted to partner with Roku to enable our dedicated viewers to stream our Box Plus content directly onto their TVs".

He added: "Roku has an incredible roster of channels available and we are hugely excited to be included within this. Streaming is one of the most popular methods for our audience to enjoy our content. So to offer our brilliant programmes on the Roku streaming platform shows our dedication to ensuring the most enjoyable and user-friendly experience for our viewers".

Meanwhile the VP Of Content Acquisition at Roku, Ed Lee, added: "We are THRILLED to welcome The Box Plus Network to our streaming platform. Our audience has a strong passion for music so to be able to offer some of the greatest and most popular music television channels will be exciting news for our customers".

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Showtime secures rights to Prince's 'Sign O The Times' film
US TV network Showtime has announced it has acquired the rights to air the 1987 Prince concert film 'Sign O The Times', which was originally put out alongside the album of the same name.

The film, featuring footage from shows in the Netherlands and Belgium and performances at Prince's Paisley Park Studios, enjoyed most success via its video release. Although it has subsequently been released on DVD in some markets, in the US it hasn't been officially available since a 1991 reissue on VHS.

Showtime plans to start airing the film from 16 Sep. It's not known if there are plans to do similar deals with telly services elsewhere in the world.

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CMU's sister magazine ThreeWeeks Edinburgh is covering the Edinburgh Festival this month. Each day we'll pick a bit of ThreeWeeks content, championing great new theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance, music, musicals and spoken word.

QUICK QUIZ WITH GEIN'S FAMILY GIFTSHOP
This August the Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we have asked a plethora of performers about their personal Fringe experiences. Today sketch comedy stars Gein's Family Giftshop.

CLICK HERE to read Gein's Family Giftshop's answers to the Quick Quiz

Check out all of ThreeWeeks Edinburgh Festival cover here and sign up to the TW Daily email bulletin here

Corey Taylor not so excited about Kid Rock for US Senate
Corey Taylor off of Slipknot isn't planning on backing Kid Rock's bid to become a US senator. But not because he has anything against Kid Rock per se, but because he reckons the Donald Trump presidency is proving that - as much as we like to disparage politicians - replacing them with people who know nothing about politics or government isn't an especially good route to take.

As previously reported, Trump supporting Kid Rock is considering standing to represent Michigan in the US Senate, with the next round of elections taking place next year. He would seek to represent the Republican Party, and one organisation that provides funding to Republican candidates recently said "he's done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he's a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy, and he's a shrewd businessman - if you're watching, Kid, we hope you run".

Taylor was asked what he thought about his fellow musician's political ambitions by Larry King. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman mused thus: "I've never met him. I've heard he's really, really cool, but I think the worst thing that people can do is assume that you can fill a role that you have no experience in. I mean, we're kinda seeing that with the President right now. So there you go".

There you go indeed.

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