legal affairs

After a footballer’s arrest, questions of culture in music too

Yesterday, a rather disturbing video emerged on social media. The roughly one minute long clip contained a picture of a woman who appeared to have been assaulted, and included audio of what I will simply term a disturbing conversation between a man and a woman. The video has since been removed by the account which uploaded it. A man - who is understood to be the 20-year old Manchester United…

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The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell you. I have never listened to a single podcast from Joe Rogan. Running this blog alongside everything else I do…

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One rule for us, another rule for them! As BBC radio DJ Maressa Innerarity is fined £1,000 for lending her speakers to a plague rave, when will Boris Johnson be receiving his demand for payment?

It must be quite expensive being Boris Johnson. For starters, there's the taste for the finer things in life he's had since pretty much the day he was born. For example, he once described his £250,000 salary for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph each Monday as "chicken feed". There's also the British Prime Minister's rather well-known dalliances with women who aren't his wife at that particular moment. In…

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Was this a smart move? Old Mr Fingers music was amongst Trax Records re-releases put out quietly over the New Year period – right in the middle of a court case brought by Larry Heard and Robert Owens against the label…

I speak frequently on this blog about how a fair few people in dance music are unable to see the wood for the trees. They're so deeply immersed in their own little worlds that they have almost no concept at all of how anyone from the outside looking in might perceive things. This is something true of several generations of producers. Those who are doing it now have to immerse…

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New year, same old tired tactics! The DJ who publicly posts anti-vaxxer propaganda yet had his booster jab last month – and he’s threatening to sue anyone who publishes his name…

It might be a brand new year and everyone might well now be packing away the dreary song that is Auld Lang Syne until the next New Year's Eve, but some old habits from 2021 continue to linger. This one involves people in the dance music world making legal threats when caught bang to rights. A pretty well-known house DJ known to post anti-vax on his social media channels occasionally…

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I’m just surprised it’s taken this long before it happened! Berlin’s ban on dancing in clubs is being challenged in court – and Paul Van Dyk is spearheading the case…

When the pandemic started, Germany was seen as something of a role model in Europe as to how to handle it. Whilst Britain was in a strict lockdown and seeing around 1000 deaths per day at the peak of the first wave, Germany was testing on a large scale and keeping case numbers down. But since then, things have started to go wrong. The latest move by the country is…

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Four Tet has been given permission to pursue breach of contract claim against Domino Recordings in their messy legal fallout – but could the case end up in the High Court as a result?

The falling out between Four Tet and Domino Recordings has been messy so far. The dispute is primarily about Four Tet disputing streaming royalties from three albums originally released in 2001 - when online streaming was still in its infancy and not taken seriously by record labels. A few weeks ago, Domino Recordings took the albums off streaming platforms. They've refused to explain why - Four Tet believes it was…

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The next big scam in the music industry? Criminals pretending they own the rights to records and coining it in – as two US men face charges of stealing $20million of royalties…

Criminality has never been a million miles away from the music world, as I outlined in an article recently about "dark forces" in the major labels working overtime to stop themselves having to give more money to artists. They're practising what's in their genes. However, anyone under the impression that things are now different is sorely mistaken. The criminals are still there, but the tactics being used have changed. Nowadays,…

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Is there something they’re not telling us here? They don’t want to pay Four Tet more in royalties – but Domino Recordings DO want to pay someone to assist the staff who pay out the royalties…

Over the past week, I have noticed that the long-running legal dispute between electronic musician Four Tet and Domino Recordings. The spat is over the way Domino appear to have interpreted how much to pay out from streaming royalties working off contracts written before the technology existed. Early last week, Domino made the decision to remove three of Four Tet's old albums from streaming services entirely. The decision by the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Plague rave agency which tried to shut me up has to pay out AGAIN as someone caught Covid and almost died after being at their event – and wait until you read their charming reply!

Quite a few months ago now, this blog published an account by a plague rave DJ of his activities during the pandemic. The deal was simple - I would allow him to publish his story totally unedited. In exchange, I would get to do a Q&A on him and he'd keep his anonymity. The agency weren't best pleased when they found out he'd spoken to me and tried to get…

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