ISPs to implement Copyright Alert System within weeks, may or may not come with deafening sirens

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The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) — it almost sounds like an official, non-partisan, harmless government agency, doesn’t it? I was immediately disabused of my naivety as soon as I checked out the organization’s Wikipedia page; on the very first line, it talks about how the CCI was started by Satan, with the apparently all-too-publicized goal of utilizing copyright laws to bring about social unrest, and ultimately, geological hellfire. I’m paraphrasing of course. What it actually says is: “The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) is an American organization created by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)… ” Really, what else do you need to know?

Well, now that I’ve effectively preconditioned you for outrage at the following news, let’s begin: in a blog post last Thursday, the CCI announced that, “over the course of the next two months,” participating ISPs (according to Billboard, this includes Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and Cablevision) will begin implementing what’s known as the Copyright Alert System (CAS).

The CAS is basically a series of alerts (six in total, which you can review here) designed to inform (some would say terrorize) supposed copyright infringers of their nefarious online, peer-to-peer activities. The alerts range in severity, from the first and second, which are a combination of online notifications and educational material about how to “avoid copyright infringement,” to the fifth and sixth, which include “Mitigation Measures” — euphemistically named, but you active web users out there will know this as throttling — the deliberate reduction of internet speed.

One thing that the blog post flatly denies is the possibility of an ISP outright terminating your connection, as a kind of Final Solution, shall we say, to a person’s refusal to comply. So that’s nice.

As to how the CAS goes about identifying infringed material with any degree of accuracy, MarkMonitor handles that. According to the CCI, the brand protection and anti-piracy company “uses both trained professionals and automated processes to identify illegal downloading of whole movies, TV shows and musical recordings, and the system is designed to eliminate false positives.” And if it turns out that MarkMonitor’s methodology isn’t as foolproof as the CCI would like you to believe, guess what? According to The Verge, if you believe that you were wrongfully targeted by the CAS, you only have to pay a $35 billing fee in order to request an independent review of your network behavior.

Already, those with superior technical knowledge are talking about using VPNs as a workaround, so it’s unclear what, if any, effect the CAS will have on persistent file-sharers. It does introduce a slew of new privacy concerns, however…

• CCI: http://www.copyrightinformation.org

John Cale, contemporary adult, announces West Coast tourdates with Cass McCombs in support of adult contemporary music

Ever wonder just what the hell you’d write pop songs about when you’re 70 years old if you’re not all Johnny Cash-religious (or Scott Walker-insane)? Not me. I’d write some lusty-ass songs about boning. Like John Cale just did. Heck, I’d probably even add in some “modern” and/or “experimental” touches to my old man sex songs, like synth squelches, Auto-tune, drum programming, all that jazz. You know, because I’d be 70, and to my mind, that crazy stuff would sell the sex. And who doesn’t want to buy some sex?

Also, I guess I’d probably go tour those songs a little bit. I’d take it pretty chill though, being 70. Maybe a quick Jools Holland appearance and a hard boiled egg. Then maybe a modest Rough Trade East instore Q&A and some prune juice. And some sunny West Coast shit this December and January, just to get out of the cold and to keep my joints feeling good and all that while I’m out there selling my sex and keeping it real. And yeah, maybe I’d visit the rest of the United States too, but shit, not until the spring, I can tell you that. What am I, one of those what-do-you-call-em, polar bears? Come on. Of course I’m not.

Dates:

12.04.12 - Portland, OR - Mission Theatre *
12.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox *
12.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom *
12.11.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
12.16.12 - Brooklyn, NY - BAM (Life Along The Borderline - tribute to NICO)
01.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - BAM (When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919)
01.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - BAM (When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919)

* Cass McCombs

• John Cale: http://john-cale.com
• Double Six: http://doublesixrecords.com

Stones Throw Records documentary launches Kickstarter campaign, on track to reach its goal in two shakes of a lamb’s tail

Take it for granted that there’s something quintessentially Los Angeles about Stones Throw Records. It was only a matter of time before the widely-respected, independent, and generally hip-hop label received the cinematic treatment, no? Though production reportedly began in 2010, director/producer Jeff Broadway just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the feature-length documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records).

Adding upon what you already know — that Stones Throw was the ambassador for critically-acclaimed releases by Madvillain, Quasimoto, J Dilla, and Dâm-Funk — the new documentary compiles “live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photograph, and in depth interviews” to offer you an entirely new (because nobody’s done this before, so it is entirely new) look at the visionary label’s history.

So what’s the campaign for, if French filmmakers Sébastien Bauer and Lucas Blaya of Media TV have already amassed hours upon hours of footage for the film? Broadway cites the need for “additional shoots and production trips” as the primary reasons. Never underestimate the cost of realizing one’s creative vision.

Here’s the Kickstarter page again. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised a little over $11,000 in less than a week. Yup, I’d say things are looking pretty positive.

Oh, and here’s the trailer for the actual documentary:

• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Megaupload following Pirate Bay to great big server in the sky

Megaupload has ascended to the heavens. The file-sharing giant is moving away from traditional, physical servers to The Cloud. Whether that means the FBI and RIAA will attempt some sort of foolhardy air raid is yet to be seen. The move itself comes on the heels of a similar announcement from The Pirate Bay.

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom — “lovable” rapscallion and thorn in the recording industry’s side — has given the new service the name “Mega” (I wonder how they thought of that one). Mega is described as a “unique tool that will solve the liability problems faced by cloud storage services,” according to Dotcom in an interview with Wired. The new service will “enhance privacy rights of internet users and provide themselves with a simple new business.”

Aside from the similar name, Mega will be similar to Megaupload in its general operation. The key difference, according to the Wired article, is “that now those files will first be one-clicked-encrypted right in a client’s browser.” So what that means is that the file is going to be encrypted on your end of things before you, the user, provide a security key of your own. According to Dotcom’s partner Mathias Ortmann, it will be “impossible for Mega to know, or be responsible, for its users’ uploaded content.” That’s twice the encryption and half the none of the liability on Mega’s part!

There’s no official word yet on how this will alter plans for Megabox or if Mega will take the place of Megabox. For anyone keeping Megascore at home, Dotcom is still in New Zealand, awaiting extradition to the US following January’s raid and arrest that led to Megaupload going offline.

Morrissey postpones US tourdates (Fans are hereby not advised to try to cheer up listening to Morrissey)

Okay, so, I know that fans of Morrissey are generally, by virtue of being fans of Morrissey, kind of into things being a bummer? But… this really is a bummer. And not just a pompadour-related bummer either.

According to Pitchfork, the crooner has been forced to postpone several of his US tourdates “in order to return to England to be with his mother, who has been hospitalized due to an illness.” Okay, type it with me, now: :(

Specifically, the shows scheduled beginning tomorrow for Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, Flint, MI, and Chicago, IL, are being rescheduled, with the tour due to resume October 29 in Minneapolis, MN. Fans who purchased tickets for postponed shows are “encouraged to hold on to their tickets,” though, as rescheduling details are promised “within the coming days.” As a matter of fact, Morrissey fansite True to You has posted the press release that I keep quoting from, which, in typical Morrissey fashion, says it all better and more evocatively than I ever could.

Events for this forthcoming week are postponed - but not cancelled - as Morrissey has returned to England where his mother has been hospitalized and is unwell.

Those who have already purchased tickets for the dates in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Flint and Chicago are encouraged to hold on to their tickets and look out for the rescheduled dates. The new dates will be announced within the coming days.

The remainder of the US tour will be unaffected, resuming in Minneapolis on Oct 29.

Morrissey US tour:

10.23.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
10.24.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Indoor Pavilion
10.26.12 - Flint, MI - James H Whiting Auditorium
10.27.12 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theater
10.29.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
10.30.12 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
11.01.12 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theater
11.03.12 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
11.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall at University of Utah
11.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
11.10.12 - Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theater
11.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11.14.12 - Davis, CA - Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
11.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
11.17.12 - Reno, NV - John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Rose Ballroom
11.21.12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
11.23.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at the Chelsea Ballroom
11.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
11.27.12 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11.28.12 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum
11.30.12 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Events Center
12.01.12 - Beamount, TX - Jefferson Theater
12.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
12.05.12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
12.07.12 - North Bethesda, MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
12.08.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City

• Morrissey: http://www.itsmorrisseysworld.com

Purity Ring head out on North American tour to play music, speak at high schools about abstinence

Finally, some good Christian values in electronic pop music. After the likes of The Knife (who I believe worship a forest spirit) and Matthew Dear (who worships a monster of grime and oil), I thought there would never be an electro-pop act for the lord. Thank God for Purity Ring, a band whose name speaks to the important act of making your body a temple. Even if you have to snap ribs and crawl inside another person to make that temple.

According to Christian teen label 4AD, the duo are spreading their message of abstinence across North America in January. They will be accompanied by Young Magic, a group of nice, clean-cut kids from Brooklyn.

Purity Ring also announced a sequel to their single “Belispeak.” The track, appropriately titled “Belispeak II,” features verses from Detroit MC Danny Brown. Now, Mr. Brown seems like a talented young man, but I just don’t know if he’s a Christian. Praying for him.

Purity Ring dates (all w/ Young Magic):

01.10.13 - Montreal, QC - Le National
01.11.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.14.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.15.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
01.17.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
01.18.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social
01.19.13 -Tampa, FL - Orpheum
01.21.13 - New Orleans, LA - Maison
01.22.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
01.23.13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
01.24.13 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
01.25.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
01.26.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
01.28.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
01.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01.30.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.01.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

• Purity Ring: http://purityringsongs.com
• Young Magic: http://youngmagicsounds.com

  

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