Caught at last

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2012/07/05/record-industry-finally-catches-up-with-man-who-made-mixtape-in-the-90s/ The Poke reported this week that it has caught up with a man who made a tape for his girlfriend. About time but it ought to act as a warning to all you rascals out there in music land. “This guy thinks he’s so clever, trying to show off facets of his personality through…

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Music P2P on the increase

While P2P file sharing is on the increase, Google has reported that legitimate and lawful music services are doing very well in the UK.  Google has  found itself under pressure due to its linking to copyright infringing material however this report compiled last Monday with the PRS confirmed Google’s stance that blocking access rather than censoring was…

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Copyright Infringement Case For Jessie J

American singer Will Loomis is seeking damages of at least $150,000 in a case of alleged copyright infringement against singer Jessie J and her record label.  According to the Guardian, he claims Jessie J and her co-writers used “substantially similar compositional elements” in the verse of her hit song ‘Domino’.  Loomis even posted a YouTube…

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Morrissey To Get His Day In Court

A court date has now been set for the libel case of Morrissey against NME magazine, over an interview published November 2007.  According to webzine Pitchfork, the singer claimed NME magazine’s interview was defamatory and portrayed him as racist.  It is also claimed that the magazine “doctored his words significantly and fabricated material”.  Morrissey fanzine ‘True To…

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WOWfest in trouble?

This Friday was the last date for the organisers of WOWfest to pay £140,000 upfront for the policing, fire service and the council. An Isle of Wight Council spokesman told the press  “they would be considering the implications of the non-payment.” Meanwhile Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary has submitted an application for the event’s licence…

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Digital Revenues Overtake Physical Music Sales

During the first quarter of 2012, Digital music revenues have accounted for 55.5% of UK record music trade revenue according to figures released by BPI.  Significantly, this is the first time Digital sales have overtaken physical music revenue sales.  The growth of digital sales has helped to offset a decline in physical sales, and boosted…

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Kitsch Contest Becoming Force For Change?

Tonight, as many ultimate kitsch Eurovision Song Contest parties are planned in the UK, there could be other more serious activities being planned by campaigners in eastern Europe as opposition supporters in Azerbaijan try to use the massive media spotlight that is Euro-Vision, to highlight the country’s poor record on human rights and the plight…

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Gaga denied event licence

Lady Gaga has become the first foreign musician to be denied an event licence by Indonesian authorities.  The concert, which was scheduled to be held  in central Jakarta on June 3, would have been part of a string of dates on the singer’s “The Born This Way Ball” world tour, running from April to October.…

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Village People. Young man……..

“Young man, there’s no need to feel down I said young man, pick yourself off the ground I said young man, ’cause your in a new town There’s no need to be unhappy Young man, there’s a place you can go I said young man, when you’re short on your dough” and on it goes…

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