THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Stargrove Entertainment, a company that has been releasing public domain Beatles recordings in Canada, has taken the Sony and Universal record and publishing companies to the country's Competition Tribunal, claiming that the majors exploited their market dominance in order to stop its legitimate business. This dispute has everything to do with copyright terms... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Jeffrey Lewis has announced that he will release a new album, titled 'Manhattan', on 30 Oct through Rough Trade Records. Backed by his band Los Bolts, the LP's eleven songs were inspired, as perhaps the title suggests, by his hometown of New York and all that goes on within it. The album contains songs with titles like 'Scowling Crackhead Ian' and 'Sad Screaming Old Man'... [READ MORE]
 
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TOP STORIES Canadian company accuses majors of anti-competitive behaviour over public domain Beatles tracks
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Official Charts Company launches new prog countdown
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Technics to launch new vinyl turntable
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LIVE BUSINESS SFX dips into cash reserves after credit rating downgraded
LA County sets up task force to review safety at EDM events
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BRANDS & MERCH Nando's allies with Roundhouse for music education programme
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MEDIA New editor at The Sun as Rebekah Brooks returns to News UK
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ARTIST NEWS Slipknot to open haunted houses
Lemmy has to cut short Texas gig because of ill-health
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Bloc Party announce UK warm up shows
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ONE LINERS Vevo, Pandora, Billy Bragg, more
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AND FINALLY... Kanye's presidential bid gets the Trump trumpet
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Canadian company accuses majors of anti-competitive behaviour over public domain Beatles tracks
Stargrove Entertainment, a company that has been releasing public domain Beatles recordings in Canada, has taken the Sony and Universal record and publishing companies to the country's Competition Tribunal, claiming that the majors exploited their market dominance in order to stop its legitimate business.

This dispute has everything to do with copyright terms. As much previously reported, the copyright term for sound recordings was increased from 50 to 70 years in Europe at the start of 2013, after years of lobbying by the record business. The extension was secured just in time for the UK industry, because the first Beatles album 'Please Please Me' was released in 1963 and was therefore about to come out of copyright under the old system.

That said, the Fab Four's debut single, 'Love Me Do', came out in 1962 so was already out of copyright in Europe by the time the extension kicked in. And because the extension was not applied retrospectively, that track and its B-side 'PS I Love You' are still public domain in Europe.

Meanwhile in Canada, the copyright term for sound recordings stayed put at 50 years, until the government there suddenly announced in April a plan to follow Europe's lead and shift things up to 70 years. That extension then duly occurred in June, but again it was not applied retrospectively.

And, by my maths, by that point at least three Beatles albums had fallen out of copyright in Canada. Meaning anyone could now exploit those recordings in the country without a licence from Universal Music, which has controlled The Beatles catalogue since its big EMI acquisition in 2012.

And so enter Stargrove Entertainment, which packaged together some of the Beatles records now out of copyright in the country, and then did a deal with Walmart to sell those packages in its Canadian stores. Resulting in some low-price Beatles releases appearing on the supermarket giant's shelves. Hurrah for the public domain and all that.

But, while the copyright in the sound recordings may have expired, the copyright in the songs featured in those recordings has not. What with song copyrights being linked to songwriters' lives and Paul McCartney still walking the Earth. No probs, thought Stargrove Entertainment, we'll get a licence for the song copyrights through the Canadian collective licensing system at industry standard rates. All will be fine.

And so enter Sony/ATV, which still controls the Lennon/McCartney oeuvre, and some smaller publishers with interests in some of the songs that featured on these low-price Beatles albums. Despite the Canadian publishing sector's mechanical rights collecting society having initially issued a licence for Stargrove's Beatles records, said licence was subsequently revoked at the request of the publishers.

Now, there is no compulsory licence covering the reproduction of songs in Canada, so publishers have every right to refuse permission to labels wishing to release recordings of their songs, even though such 'mechanical licences' are usually dished out without question by the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency.

But, says Stargrove, in its recent lengthy filing to the Canadian Competition Tribunal (published in full by The Hollywood Reporter here): "In practice, the market for the issuance of mechanical licenses operates as though it were a compulsory system. The process is so automatic that record labels press and sell CDs before obtaining mechanical licenses".

Which means, the company goes on, that the publishers "are withholding mechanical licenses in order to artificially extend copyright over recordings that should be in the public domain. They are doing so in direct response to the legitimate competition that Stargrove's low pricing policy was bringing to the market".

Now, the Sony publishing company controls most of the Lennon/McCartney songs, while Universal controls most of The Beatles sound recordings, so there isn't a direct corporate connection between the two sets of rights.

Though there is generally a gentleman's agreement between the majors to not exploit recordings originally released by a competitor that are now public domain, which is why it's generally specialist indies that exploit recordings that are no longer in copyright. And, of course, Sony/ATV's sister record company Sony Music has its own early 1960s recordings it would rather not see exploited in Canada by a rival.

That said, Stargrove's complaint doesn't seem to present any specific evidence of collusion between the majors, or even of collusion between the record companies and publishing divisions of each major music rights firm. Rather, its complaint seems to be more about general industry practices regarding public domain music, which may or may not be designed to prevent third parties from exploiting public domain works, especially in a way that lowers the retail price of those recordings.

There are some more specific allegations in Stargrove's legal filing against Universal beyond the mechanical licensing issue though, to the effect that the major put pressure on distributors not to distribute the low-price Beatles releases, and that an employee at Universal posted "false reviews" online claiming that the Stargrove CDs were of a poor quality.

Of course, Stargrove will have to wait another 20 years to exploit any Beatles recordings released after 1965, and possibly longer, given the Canadian and European record industries will almost certainly push for parity with the US, which has a 95 year sound recording term, once 1960s catalogue is close to public domain once again.

But there are plenty more early 60s recordings to be packaged into low-price releases by companies like Stargrove, and this Competition Tribunal hearing will be an interesting test as to whether the mainstream music industry can interfere with such activity by refusing song licences. Under Canadian copyright law they can, but what does competition law reckon?

Official Charts Company launches new prog countdown
Coinciding with tonight's Progressive Music Awards in London, the Official Charts Company has announced the launch of a new monthly Official Progressive Albums Chart. And because it's not entirely clear what that even means these days, Prog Magazine will partner on the endeavour to point out what should be included.

Prog Mag editor Jerry Ewing explains: "Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn't stop in the 1970s, there are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don't seem to know it!"

Didn't stop in the 1970s, you say? Prove it.

"You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala", Ewing says, slightly shirtily. "What they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognised. We're delighted to be working with the Official Charts Company and that the voice of the UK's best-selling music have given prog the platform it so deserves".

Speaking of Tame Impala, it is they who have topped the very first OPAC. Here's the full top ten:

1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Muse - Drones
3. Roger Waters - Amused To Death
4. Joe Satriani - Shockwave Supernova
5. Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space
6. Faith No More - Sol Invictus
7. Symphony X - Underworld
8. Pink Floyd - The Endless River
9. Tim Bowness - Stupid Things That Mean The World
10. Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Technics to launch new vinyl turntable
The vinyl revival continues unabated, with slightly over 0% of UK households now regularly purchasing new twelve-inches. And with Tesco getting in on the act by stocking the new Iron Maiden album in a number of its stores, Panasonic has decided to get back in the turntable game with its recently relaunched Technics brand.

Technics SL-1200s are, of course, considered by all people in the world to be the best turntables ever created. So much so that just as the vinyl revival was kicking off in 2010, Panasonic decided to stop manufacturing them, lest people new to vinyl be overwhelmed by their awesome quality. Don't worry, the company isn't about to start making them again, you are safe. But Panasonic has this week unveiled a new prototype turntable set to bear the Technics brand.

Speaking to Wired, Technics director Michiko Ogawa said: "Turntables are a very iconic product for the Technics brand. It is important to show our sincere dedication [to that]. The turntable market is very small but it is a very important brand product. With this product we can show how seriously we can address the high-end market. For analogue customers we have to bring our concept of music to them".

Details of exactly when the new turntable might go into production are yet to be announced.

SFX dips into cash reserves after credit rating downgraded
So, if you're one of the gossipers busy trying to gossip EDM powerhouse SFX out of business, here's some new fuel to keep your gossiping going.

As previously reported, there has been much speculation of late about the health of Robert Sillerman's most recent music business venture after the entertainment industry veteran's failed bid to take the firm back into private ownership.

Investor unrest over that plan, coupled with some odd extra-curricular share transactions, contributed to a slump in the company's share price. Shares were going for as low as 52 cents at one point yesterday, compared to a share price of $3.70 at the start of the year, and the $5.25 per share rate Sillerman was, at one point, proposing to pay in order to regain control of his company.

Contributing to the latest slip in share price was the recent decision by ratings agencies Moodys and Standard & Poor to downgrade the music firm's corporate credit rating. And on Tuesday, the company told some of its moneylenders that it was having to dip into its cash reserves to a greater extent than planned, mainly because it was having to make more upfront payments in relation to its current programme of festivals.

The company also reported that its special committee of independent directors had received indications of interest in buying components of the EDM business. As also previously reported, after Sillerman confirmed he wasn't able to go ahead with the $5.25 per share buy-back plan, SFX said it would accept new offers from third parties to buy some or all of the company.

When similar offers were encouraged earlier in the summer, there was some interest in some SFX assets, but not to buy the company outright. It sounds like that is probably still the case, though directors may be more willing to consider offloading individual festivals or divisions this time round. Sillerman, of course, is also expected to make another bid to win back control of the entire SFX business by the 2 Oct deadline the firm's board has now set.

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LA County sets up task force to review safety at EDM events
The Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors has formed an Electronic Music Task Force to "provide recommendations on ways to make electronic music festivals safer for attendees". Though, it has to be said that many of the measures usually proposed by groups like this were already in place at the event that has motivated the task force.

As previously reported, two teenagers died at the Live Nation promoted HARD Summer festival last month, and both deaths were seemingly drugs related. Dozens more festival-goers reportedly required hospital treatment.

Similar incidents have happened at music festivals before, of course, though this has garnered more attention, partly because drugs-related incidents at dance music events have been headline news in the US since the EDM boom there, but more so because Hard Summer was being hosted at a site owned by the LA County - Fairplex - the long-term home of the LA County Fair.

As also previously reported, with the LA County considering a ban on EDM events at any venue it owns, Live Nation decided to cancel one dance music night it was due to stage at Fairplex this month, and to cut back the capacity of another scheduled for Halloween.

The motion put forward to propose the new task force states that a ban on EDM events at LA Country owned facilities is still "a possibility", though First Amendment issues around such a ban will be considered first, as well as what health and safety measures could counter concerns.

One of the people behind the new task force set to review dance music events in the region is LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who said in a statement: "I want to emphasise that our efforts around this motion, above all, are about the health and safety of those attending these events".

Nando's allies with Roundhouse for music education programme
Nando's announced a new partnership with the Roundhouse in London earlier this week as part of the restaurant chain's "long-term vision to nurture the hottest up and coming talent". You knew about that vision, right? Or were you too busy chomping down on the chicken to notice? Well, stop chomping and listen for a minute.

The new alliance kicks off with a masterclass for aspiring singers, songwriters and producers next week, where Example and Muzi will provide "a mix of sounds from their home countries" (Muzi, like Nando's, harks from South Africa) which those participating in the session will get to fuse together into original tracks.

Says the Head Of Music at Nando's, Keri-Keri Perkins: "Music has always been at the heart of what we do, from our very own Afro-Luso inspired in-restaurant sounds, to giving artists such as Rizzle Kicks and Example a platform to perform, or feeding backstage for the likes of Years And Years, Rudimental and Snoop Dogg. Our aim is to continue to fuel the music industry by supporting emerging and established musicians, with this partnership being a natural step in taking this further".

So there you go. Now you can all return to your chicken chomping.

New editor at The Sun as Rebekah Brooks returns to News UK
Daily Mail Deputy Editor Tony Gallagher has been appointed as Editor-In-Chief over at The Sun, replacing David Dinsmore, who becomes Chief Operating Officer at the tabloid. Meanwhile Rebekah Brooks is back as CEO of Sun and Times publisher News UK. Because that worked out so well last time. What could possibly go wrong?

Said the overall boss of Rupert Murdoch's publishing business News Corp, Robert Thomson: "Rebekah will lead a great team at News UK into the digital future, while maximising the influence and reach of our newspapers, which remain the most informative and successful in Britain and beyond".

  Approved: Jeffrey Lewis - Outta Town
Jeffrey Lewis has announced that he will release a new album, titled 'Manhattan', on 30 Oct through Rough Trade Records. Backed by his band Los Bolts, the LP's eleven songs were inspired, as perhaps the title suggests, by his hometown of New York and all that goes on within it.

The album contains songs with titles like 'Scowling Crackhead Ian' and 'Sad Screaming Old Man', but for the first track to be released he's gone with something a bit more immediately accessible. 'Outta Town' shows off Lewis's brilliant lyrical ability to take a simple thought and elevate it to a grand observation on life.

It's about, he says, "how empty life feels when you are in a relationship and that person's not there, because you don't remember how to have a relationship with yourself, you broke up with yourself when you started dating the other person. You have to learn how to start dating yourself all over again".

Listen to 'Outta Town' here.
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Slipknot to open haunted houses
Noted enemies of gimmicks Slipknot have announced the launch of their own theme park. For a full month this autumn, the band will take over Sacramento's Scream Park with their own set of three haunted houses. They are, says the band's Shaun Crahan, "absolutely sickening".

Yes, people, that's three opportunities to delve inside the minds of the members of Slipknot. See behind the masks, perhaps. Or in front of the masks. In front, I guess. If you were behind the masks then technically you'd be one of the people doing the scaring. Basically, there are some buildings, and if you go into them, then it will be dark and some actors will shake about in your face and stuff.

Here are some photos, and here's a trailer video thing.

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Lemmy has to cut short Texas gig because of ill-health
Lemmy was forced to cut short a performance in Texas on Tuesday because of his ongoing health problems. The Motorhead frontman stopped midway through his band's third song, saying, "'I can't do it".

He returned to the stage shortly afterwards to apologise, telling the audience: "You are one of the best gigs in America, and I would love to play for you, but I can't... So please accept my apologies. Next time, alright?"

Lemmy recently discussed his health problems in an interview with The Guardian, admitting that he now often walks with a stick because his "legs are fucked". But he said he was committed to continue performing with his band "as long as I can walk the few yards from the back to the front of the stage without a stick".

Bloc Party announce UK warm up shows
Bloc Party have announced a handful of shows to warm themselves up for the release of their fifth, still to be named, album.

The dates will be the band's first UK shows with their new line-up, which sees drummer Louise Bartle and bassist Justin Harris replace bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale at 9am sharp on Friday, unless you're signed up for the pre-sale, in which case they're available right now. And look, these are the two UK dates.

3 Dec: Manchester, Albert Hall
4 Dec: London, St John At Hackney

Vevo, Pandora, Billy Bragg, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Vevo has appointed Jon Carvill as its new VP Communications. He joins from Qualcomm. "All-premium", says Vevo CEO Erik Huggers.

• Pandora is ten years young next week and will celebrate by going ad-free for the day, a lovely gesture for its loyal listeners and/or a big fat sampling exercise for the sometimes controversial streaming service's $5 a month ad-free package.

• Billy Bragg will publish a book of selected lyrics titled 'A Lover Sings' through Faber & Faber on 4 Nov. Among the songs included are 'Sexuality', 'A New England', and 'Levi Stubbs' Tears'.

• Kode9 has announced that he will release his first solo album, 'Nothing', on 6 Nov through Hyperdub.

• Grandaddy are recording their first album for eleven years.

• Avicii has postponed all his scheduled live performances this year. His reps say he needs a break after an "overloaded summer schedule", and would now take time out to plan a "larger tour initiative" next year.

• The Wildhearts have announced a UK tour to mark the 20th anniversary of their 1995 album, 'PHUQ'. To jog your memory, they've also posted the video for 'I Wanna Go Where The People Go'.

• One Direction went to Philadelphia, so obviously they rapped the 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' theme tune.

Kanye's presidential bid gets the Trump trumpet
With the White House already interested in his hat, the United States Of America's next leader, dog nemesis Donald Trump, has endorsed Kanye West's (possible) plan to run for president of the USA in 2020.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Trump managed to impart these bits of information in less than a minute:

1) He has noticed that comparisons are made between him and West "quite often".
2) He doesn't "quite get it".
3) West has said "very nice things" about him in the past.
4) Some "extremely positive things".
5) West knows his daughter Ivanka "a little bit".
6) He was watching the MTV VMAs when West announced his plans to run for president.
7) He reckons West got the idea to do so from him.
8) He thinks West has stolen a vote for him from Miley Cyrus.
9) West is "a different kind of person than people think".
10) Trump hopes "to run against him some day".

Trump v West in 2020 then? Welcome to your cartoon life, America.

 
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