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MINISTER TO PRESSURE GOOGLE TO DO MORE TO BLOCK INFRINGING WEBSITES
According to The Guardian, Hunt will tell the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge: "We intend to take measures to make it more and more difficult to access sites that deliberately facilitate infringement, misleading consumers and depriving creators of a fair reward for their creativity".
Quite what those measures are remain to be seen, ie whether the Department Of Culture, Media And Sport hopes that by putting pressure on search engines it can achieve results, or whether there are actually plans to legislate in anyway. Though we do know that Hunt advocates the idea of forming an independent body which would decide which websites exist primarily to infringe, and which should, therefore, be de-listed by search engines.
According to the paper, Hunt will conclude: "We do not allow certain products to be sold in the shops on the high street, nor do we allow shops to be set up purely to sell counterfeited products. Neither should we tolerate it online".
Google, of course, has already instigated some measures for cutting infringing websites from its search results and ad sales network. Responding to Hunt's planned speech, the web giant told The Guardian: "Google has industry-leading measures to fight online piracy. We work hand in hand with copyright owners to remove infringing material from search results. Without a court order, any copyright owner can already use our removals process to inform us of copyright infringing content and have it removed from Google search. We recently announced a series of measures that make this process even easier, bringing our removal time down to an average of four hours".
JACKSON ESTATE WILL PAY $30 MILLION TO HIS MOTHER AND CHILDREN
The estate has filed papers with the courts asking for approval of the pay out. The papers also reveal that the estate has generated $310 million since Jackson's death in 2009, enabling it to pay off dozens of the singer's creditors and to refinance other loans on more favourable terms.
The papers also note that Katherine Jackson is planning on selling the Jackson clan's famous residence in Encino, California and will look for a new home for her and her late son's three children.
DJ MEDHI DIES
Desprez told 20Minutes.fr: "We don't have many details. We know that he was at home on a balcony with others. The balcony collapsed. Three others have been hospitalised".
According to DJMag.com, Medhi had been celebrating the birthday of fellow producer, and Carte Blanche bandmate, Riton. The website reports that the group had actually been on the roof of Medhi's house, which had then collapsed. Riton, real name Henry Smithson, is thought to have been the only person not to have fallen, and he therefore escaped uninjured.
Born in 1977, Favéris-Essadi began his career in music as a DJ in various acts in the late 90s, before moving into production with hip hop outfit 113. However, his big break came when he signed to Ed Banger Records to release his third solo album, 'Lucky Boy', in 2006. Last year he formed the duo Carte Blanche with Riton, and the pair had just returned to France after playing Bestival at the weekend.
He is survived by his wife, artist and music video director Fabienne Fafi.
ARTIST AND MANAGER AWARDS PRESENTED
Hosted by Sandie Shaw and with guest appearances from various MMF and FAC members, eight awards were presented in total. Some winners had already been revealed, while others were announced on the night.
The winners list in full:
IMAGEM SIGNS APONTE
Confirming the deal, Imagem USA's Amanda Schupf told CMU: "Angel is a talented and dedicated producer who is just starting to see the fruits of his hard work with his contribution to 'Tha Carter IV. I know he will grow to be a major force in the industry and we at Imagem are excited to partner with him on this journey!"
MARIAH CAREY SEEKS UNKNOWN PRODUCERS
A rep for music company World Live Music has posted a call for producers to submit tracks via musicxray.com to be considered for inclusion on the follow-up to 2009's advert-heavy 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel'. Apparently "her label is looking for songwriters and producers that have impeccable talent to collaborate with". Not like those charlatans she usually uses. And, hey, it'll only cost you $10 to send in a track, so that's good.
If you can shake the feeling that this all seems a bit dodgy for long enough to actually go through with it, knock yourself out here: www.musicxray.com/interactions/2502/submissions/new
THE BIG PINK UNVEIL NEW TRACK
THE FALL TO RELEASE "MARDY" NEW LP
JULIAN LENNON DISCUSSES NEW ALBUM
NAS TO PUBLISH AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Touré tweeted earlier this week: "I've been talking to Nas about writing his autobiography for fifteen years. This is hip hop history. We'll tell his life and deconstruct some songs ... Nas's book will be a book every hip hop fan will have to read".
ADELE FEELS BETTER, RESUMES TOUR
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RYAN ADAMS TO TOUR, A BIT
And here's Ryan, sounding in fine alt-country fettle as he performs an acoustic rendition of the album's promising title track: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4VGlkcBtfw
ANDY C ANNOUNCES TOUR
Exact details of what the shows will entail is being kept under wraps, but Andy C told Fabric's website: "I can't really spill the beans just yet but I will still be using three turntables amongst some new gadgetry, which will be housed, along with myself, in a purpose built stage set. I'll be interacting with the crowd via the visual element of the show. We're just trying to enhance my set and take the whole experience to the next level ... We're using brand new technology within the show which is quite difficult to explain but will hopefully look amazing when you see it... or at least I hope it does!"
The dates are as follows:
24 Sep: Sheffield, Octagon
J LO FORMS ALLIANCE WITH FIAT CONVERTIBLE
MINISTRY AND ROLAND LAUNCH SCHOOLS PROGRAMME IN SOUTH LONDON
Ministry says that the programme, due to launch on 31 Oct, will offer "a fresh approach to the traditional music curriculum combining the latest music technology with innovative performance-based learning, all structured around popular contemporary music". The club owner and music company will also organise artist-led workshops at the school.
Commenting on the initiative, Karen Willis, headmistress at St James' School, told CMU: "St James' School is delighted to be working on this exciting project with the Ministry Of Sound and Roland. The project will undoubtedly benefit all of our pupils and their families. We are very excited about this partnership and thank the Ministry Of Sound for all their support in planning and executing this project".
Ministry boss Lohan Presencer added: "It's great to be a part of something unique. The partnership with an outstanding company like Roland combined with the enthusiasm of everyone at the school is sure to make this project a huge success. Working closely with the community around us is a very important part of what we do and to be involved in a pioneering and innovative music project such as this is incredibly exciting. We look forward to the program developing and who knows, we might even be in the presence of some future stars!"
RECORD STORE DAY CO-FOUNDER SHUTS UP SHOP
The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes Eric Leven, who runs Criminal Records in the city and was one of the American independent retailers who helped set up Record Store Day, as saying: "We've been underwater since the economy became distressed. We've been on a rescue mission for three years. I'm done paying for it by myself. I gave myself until the 20th anniversary and if I was still drowning by August 2011, I'd pull the plug".
Founded in 2007 and taking place each April, Record Store Day takes place in various countries around the world, and aims to promote and generate direct custom for independent record shops.
IS TURNTABLE.FM LOOKING TO COURT THE MAJORS?
The tech website says that its sources have suggested that those music industry execs work for the big labels, and they therefore wonder if this means Turntable.fm is now approaching the majors about them licensing its service. This is interesting because Turntable.fm has previously indicated that it believed its website would qualify for a more cost effective blanket statutory licence via digital rights agency SoundExchange (indicated to the extent, in fact, that we previously inferred and incorrectly reported that the website had such a licence in place).
Others doubted whether such a blanket licence - which is what Pandora operates under - would apply to Turntable.fm (ultimately it's the US Copyright Royalty Board which sets the criteria), and AllThingsD seems to think that bosses at the digital company may have now reached the same conclusion and is therefore now courting the majors about doing more conventional licensing deals.
The digital news site notes that there does seem to be quite a lot of support for Turntable.fm in the US music industry, and that since Spotify managed to license its freemium offer (albeit the newer streamlined version) it's assumed that labels may consider licensing more interactive free-to-use services, though everyone seems to agree scoring those licensing deals won't be cheap.
Read AllThingsD's original piece in full here: allthingsd.com/20110913/turntable-comes-clean-about-funding-next-up-label-deals-and-more-users/
BECK FORCES BAND TO CHANGE NAME
Anyway, the duo published a statement yesterday announcing that they will now go by the name, Sons Of Fathers. They explained: "To our surprise, we got a letter last week from representatives of Beck, who asked us to change [our name]. We don't want to create confusion with Beck, or for that matter Jeff Beck, Glenn Beck, Beck's beer, or any other Beck".
Given that Beck is Beck's first name, not his surname, you'd think that confusion with Jeff Beck would be more likely. But, hey, it's fine, because Beck & Cauthen aren't even a duo any more, so this means the rest of the band now feel less marginalised. The statement continued: "It was a sign for us to change the name to something that included the whole band, not just a duo. We are all in this together and we all play a role. We used the phrase 'sons of fathers' long before we wrote the [title track of our forthcoming debut album] and changed the band name. It is our expression about the past, our families, our roots and who we are, good or bad, right or wrong".
So, well done to them for rolling over without a fight, and for having a very basic grasp of human biology.