Tuesday, 23 March 2010

ASCAP's Latest Claim: Embedding YouTube Videos Requires Public Performance License

A few years back, we idly wondered if it could possibly be copyright infringement to embed a YouTube video on your own site. It would be a very difficult argument, since an embed code is really no different than a link. The content itself is hosted by YouTube and was uploaded by some other party. Yet, we figured eventually someone would make a claim along those lines... and wouldn't you know it would be ASCAP?

ASCAP must be really hard up for cash these days, because it's going down the PRS route of trying to claim that just about anything now counts as a public performance. Just a few weeks ago, came the news that your mobile phone ringing in public is a public performance. It's also been telling composers/song writers to hold back on allowing their songs in video games like Rock Band/Guitar Hero on the assumption they should get more money for it (not realizing that getting songs in those games has been shown to raise the profile of the artists allowing them to make a lot more money).

So, the latest? Apparently ASCAP has started sending collection letters to various websites that have embedded YouTube videos that contain music, claiming they need to pay up for a performance license. This is definitely a huge stretch legally, but when has that stopped ASCAP? Meanwhile, you may recall that YouTube was just ordered to pay millions to ASCAP -- which you would think would cover this sort of thing -- but not according to ASCAP. If that's true, then ASCAP would be getting double/triple/quadrupled/etc. paid for embedded videos, which certainly doesn't seem right (or legal).

And, once again, we're left with a situation where ASCAP -- which always positions itself as having the best interests of songwriters/composers/publishers in mind -- is actually causing significant harm for artists. By adding to the cost of having people promote those artists on their own websites, they're greatly diminishing the ability of people to get the word out about these artists.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Film Star Corey Haim Dies From Overdose

Actor Corey Haim has died from an apparent accidental overdose at the age of 38, according to police.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the Lost Boys star died at 3.30am on Wednesday.

He was found unresponsive at an apartment in Oakwood, near Burbank, said the LAPD's North Hollywood Division.

His mother was at the home at the time.

The actor, who has struggled with drug addiction, was pronounced dead at Providence St Joseph's Medical Centre in Burbank, police said.

Canadian-born Haim broke into the Film industry in 1984 as a young child caught up in a family war in the hit movie Firstborn (1984). The following year he starred in the TV movie A Time to Live (1985) (TV), for which he received an award, and Silver Bullet (1985). Lucas (1986), in which he starred alongside Charlie Sheen showed his ability, but was not a big hit.

In 1987 he had a breakthrough when he played one of the major roles in Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys (1987), but his output during the nineties was disappointing. He hopes to turn his career around with two newly finished movies Without Malice (2000) (TV) and Universal Groove (2007) and there is a chance of a role in the much-rumored The Lost Boys (1987) sequel.


Favorite food: Pizza, Favorite actress: Cybill Shepherd. Favorite Actor: James Dean.

Shared the screen with Corey Feldman in 7 movies to date. (2002)

Father is French-Canadian.

Got into acting because his mom put him into acting lessons to help him deal with his shyness and it later became a career because his older sister Carol Haim was auditioning for roles.

His dad, Bernie, worked as a sales rep. His mom, Judy, worked as a computer operator.

Parents Bernie and Judy divorced when Corey was 11 years old. They were married for 18 years.

Filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 1997 in Los Angeles, California, listing debts that included nearly $104,000 to the I.R.S., $100,000 in California taxes and a variety of medical expenses. The document stated that he had few assets, including a 1987 BMW, $100 in cash, $750 worth of clothing and $7,500 in residuals and royalty rights. He also listed a $31,000 pension plan.

Has a half brother named Daniel Lee from his father's second marriage

In 2004, he became the subject of a single by the Irish band, The Thrills entitled "Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?".

Was engaged to Holly Fields (not the boxer) in 1996, but are no longer together.

Brooke McCarter managed him up to the mid 1990s until Corey's drug problem caused a fallout.

Mother Judy was born in Israel.

Was asked by best friend and frequent co-star Corey Feldman - while filming the first season of "The Surreal Life" (2003) - to be his best man at his wedding to Susie Feldman; but unfortunately, due to prior commitments he was not able to attend.

Was engaged to Nicole Eggert, whom he credits with helping save his life on a certain occasion: while they were filming one of several movies together, she noticed that Haim was suffering from a narcotic "rush." Eggert promptly drove him to the local hospital where Corey was detoxed. (The irony is that her "Baywatch" (1989) character, "Lifeguard Summer Quinn," was seldom allowed to do anything nearly as heroic.)

Sister by the name of Carol "Cari" Haim, who is 2 years older than Corey, accidentally got him interested in acting when he accompanied her when she auditioned for roles.

Bill Egert's character, "Sean Haim", in the movie Detour (2002) was named after him, as Egert's favorite actor.

Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.

Auditioned for the role of Dick Grayson/Robin in Batman Forever (1995).

He starred in eight movies with Corey Feldman: The Lost Boys (1987), License to Drive (1988), Dream a Little Dream (1989), Blown Away (1992), Last Resort (1994/II) (V), Dream a Little Dream 2 (1995) (V), Busted (1997) (V) and Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) (V).

He and Corey Feldman were known as "The Two Coreys" at the peak of their careers in the 1980s.

Formerly engaged to actress Tiffany Shepis. [Oct. 30, 2008].

Personal Quotes

"I was numb and I had lots of swollen lymph nodes, my heart was hurting and I had blood clots in my arm and leg." - on his drug-induced stroke.

"I was working on The Lost Boys (1987) when I smoked my first joint. But a year before that, I was starting to drink beer on the set of the film Lucas (1986). I lived in Los Angeles in the '80s, which was not the best place to be. I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack. I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck. But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day - the doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the valium - I'm not talking about the other pills I went through".

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

The Politics Of Music Blog Radio

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Monday, 1 March 2010

Uk Garage Classics

pure garage (just in case)
Scott & Leon Just For You
Rosie Gaines - Closer Than Close Speed garage
Niche - I Found Love
we did it again sound of bassline 2
pure garage (im sorry)
Sticky Ft Kele Le Roc - Things We Do
Zed Bias - Neighbourhood
UK Garage - Come Into My Room (Jaimeson UKG Remix) -
UK Garage - You Got Me (Dexplicit Remix) - Carmen Reece
Shola Ama - Run To Me
UK Garage - Westside - The Wideboys
Gerideau - Masquerade (MJ Cole Vocal Mix)
My Desire - Amira - UK Garage
Enough Is Enough By Y Tribe
Niche - I want to feel love
Kandi - Dont Think Im Not (Garage Remix)
Masterstepz & celetia - Sorry (You Lied To Me)
Classic UK Garage DEA Project I Need You So Bad Baby-THE
Wittyboy Ft. Lauren Mason - PS
Bass Boy - Can't Nobody Stop Me
Predz - I'm Falling
Industry Standard - What You Want (Somore I Refuse)
Wanna Be Your Only One
Lickrish Music - Over With You
Pure Garage - You're The Only One
Groove control - Beautiful (Classic Garage)
Gabrielle - Sunshine (UK Garage Remix)
Im Sorry Part 2 (garage)
Foot 2 Da Floor Oxide & Neutrino
Sweet Like Chocolate Shanks & Big Foot
Never Gonna Let You Go Tina Moore
Spend The Night Danny J Lewis
A Little Bit Of Luck DJ Luck & MC Neat
21 Seconds So Solid Crew
Mindless & Broken 3RD Core
old skool speed garage anthems
Uk Garage Mashup Old Skool mix
Old school garage
B15 project - Girls Like Us
FISKIN & NV : UK Garage Mix 2005
Loose Control - Dexplict & Nana, Sound Of Bassline
All I Do Bump & Flex Dancehall Dub
Artful Dodger - Please Don't Turn Me On
Leftfield - Open Up
Agnes Carlsson - Release Me (Dj Rebel Radio Remix 2009)
George Morel - Morel's Grooves Pt 4 Let's Groove
hard drive deep inside
I Refuse Somore ft Damon Trueitt
Love Bug Ramsey & Fen ft Lynsey Moore Wideboys Bassline Radio Edit
Diamond Rings DND
Wiley - Wearing My Rolex [Agent X]
Got Myself Together Bump & Flex Feat Kallaghan
Why Glamma Kid Feat Shola Ama
In The Morning (Let Your Love Come In) Egypt
Snowflake Garage Jams Feat Clare Evers
Got Myself Together Bump & Flex Feat Kallaghan
Cheque One Two Sunship Feat M.C.R.B

DJ Tiesto - Summer Jam (Remix)

The Jam - It's Too Bad

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