Wednesday, May 22, 2019

SET TV IPTV Reseller A-Box TV Ordered to Pay Dish $2 Million in Damages | TorrentFreak

Antony Bebawi, Tom Gray, Crispin Hunt and Philip Pope appointed to PRS for Music Board | Music Business Worldwide

Tom Gray, Crispin Hunt and Philip Pope have been newly appointed as Writer Directors of the Performing Right Society (PRS), alongside Barry Blue, Michelle Escoffery and Steve Levine, who have been reappointed to the Board.

Antony Bebawi is appointed new Publisher Director and joins Jackie Alway, Simon Anderson, Chris Butler and Richard King, who are all reappointed.

The appointments were made by PRS members at the PRS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 21.

Antony Bebawi is Executive Vice President Digital and Society Relations International and UK at Sony/ATV, heading up a team that manages the company’s licensing arrangements with digital services.

He also deals with collective rights management organisations, as well as regulatory and public policy matters. Previously, he has held positions including European General Counsel at EMI Music Publishing, and partner at leading London media and entertainment law firm Harbottle and Lewis LLP.

Tom Gray is a founding member and leading writer of British band Gomez. With nearly 20 years of professional composition behind him, Gray scores for film, TV and advertising.

He sits on the Songwriter Committee and Policy Working Group of The Ivors Academy (formerly known as BASCA) and is a Writer/Artist Advocate for the Featured Artists Coalition.

“As an organisation that is governed by its members, for its members, it is wonderful to have them guiding PRS forward as we continue to build on its investments and successes.”

Nigel Elderton, PRS for Music

Crispin Hunt is a songwriter and record producer, chair of The Ivors Academy and member of the UK Intellectual Property Office Advisory Panel.

His writing credits include tracks with Jake Bugg, Rihanna, Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding, Maverick Sabre, Newton Faulkner, Natalie Imbruglia, Bat For Lashes, JP Cooper, Rod Stewart and many others. He is former lead singer of 90s Brit-pop band Longpigs.

Philip Pope is a composer and songwriter with a diverse list of credits to his name. He has written music for film, television, radio and theatre, including Benidorm (ITV), Horizon: Antarctica (BBC), Deluge (C4), The HeeBee GeeBees, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (BBC Radio 4), and ITV’s Spitting Image, culminating in number one hit, The Chicken Song.

He developed a long working partnership with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse and has written for Fry & Laurie, Lenny Henry, Ben Elton and Dame Edna Everage.

PRS Chairman, Nigel Elderton, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome new Directors Antony, Crispin, Philip and Tom to the Board.

“As an organisation that is governed by its members, for its members, it is wonderful to have them guiding PRS forward as we continue to build on its investments and successes.

“Their insights and experience in the music business will be invaluable to our mission.”.

In his keynote speech, PRS for Music Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft, observed that by year-end it is anticipated that PRS will have increased its royalty revenue by over 80% over a 10-year period.

The AGM follows PRS for Music’s recent financial results announcement for 2018. PRS collected an all-time high of £746m on behalf of its members for the use of their musical works, an increase of £31.6m, up 4.4 percent on 2017.

Pictured [Left-Right]: Antony Bebawi, Tom Gray, Crispin Hunt and Philip PopeMusic Business Worldwide


Premios Juventud Highlights Latin Legends | The Daily Rind

Premios Juventud Highlights Latin Legends

By Meredith Nadeau May 22, 2019

From reality stars to shoe enthusiasts, Univision has announced their nominees for the Premios Juventud 2019. The Orchard’s partners topped the list with a number of mentions for Anuel AA, Natti Natasha and Ozuna to name a few. The fun and interactive awards hosted by CNCO, Lali and Alejandro Espinosa, will air July 18th, live from the Watsco Center in Miami. Winners of each superlative will be determined by vote. Make sure to pick your favorites by 12AMPT June 4/3AM EST June 5!

Whether you’re jamming out on your drive, belting in the shower, or out for an night on the dance floor, Premios Juventud wants to know which artist or track is a part of your soundtrack. Find The Orchard’s nominated partners below and the full list of nominees on


Cazzu (Rimas Entertainment)


Amenazzy (Rimas Entertainment)
Eladio Carrion (Rimas Entertainment)
Lyanno (Rimas Entertainment)
Rauw Alejandro (Duars Entertainment)


Pipe Bueno (FC Entertainment LLC)


“Baila, Baila, Baila” – Ozuna (VP Records/Dimelo Vi)
“Ella Quiere Beber” (Remix) – Anuel AA Ft. Romeo Santos (Real Hasta La Muerte, Inc.)
“Mia” – Bad Bunny Ft. Drake (Rimas Entertainment)


“Ella Quiere Beber” (Remix) – Anuel AA Ft. Romeo Santos (Real Hasta La Muerte, Inc.)


“Con Todo Incluido” – La Adictiva Banda San José de Mesillas (Anval Music)
“Me Gusta” – Natti Natasha (SME US Latin/Pina Records)
“Sola” – Manuel Turizo (SME US Latin)


Bad Bunny (Rimas Entertainment)
Ozuna (VP Records/Dimelo Vi)


Anuel AA (Real Hasta La Muerte, Inc) & Karol G
Lorenzo Méndez (Luz Records) & Chiquis Rivera


Bad Bunny (Rimas Entertainment)


Bad Bunny (Rimas Entertainment)


Bad Bunny (Rimas Entertainment)


“Baila, Baila, Baila” – Ozuna (VP Records/Dimelo Vi)
“Me Gusta” – Natti Natasha (SME US Latin/Pina Records)


Irish data cops are shoving a probe right into Google's ads | The Register

Doubleclick complaint alleges Chocolate Factory's data handling breaches GDPR

Ireland's Data Protection Commission has launched a formal investigation into adtech giant Google over alleged breaches of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which could cost the company £1.12bn.…


CD Baby Partners With CloudBounce For Mastering | hypebot

CD_Baby_Logo_Black newA new partnership with CloudBounce means that CD Baby users can now instantly master music from within their CD Baby dashboard for just $4.90 a track. The startup is an Abbey Road Red music tech incubator graduate.


“A large segment of the indie artist community is drastically changing how they release music. There is definitely a shift to releasing songs as soon as they are finished instead of the traditional album release,” says Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby. “As artists release more and more singles, this gives them mastering options that fit within their budget and workflow. CloudBounce ensures these artists’ master recordings have the final touches needed to sound totally pro.” image from

With instant, algorithm-driven mastering, a  higher-res file (24-bit WAV or AIFF) is uploaded onto a separate server, and within minutes, the mastering process is complete. Artists can then accept the final cut or tinker with a number of settings to tweak the results.

“Mastering engineers can do amazing work, but aren’t always accessible to all artists or right for all projects. Automated mastering is a perfect solution for self-managed and emerging artists,” explains CloudBounce CEO Anssi Uimonen. “A mastered recording simply sounds more professional, giving it that polish that makes it far more likely to get it onto a high-trafficked playlist. It should be the standard for all artists.”

“We’re excited to fold yet another key service for artists into our dashboard,” says Breuner. “It’s part of our mission to support indie artists every step of the way, as they find the right strategy for releasing and promoting their music.”


Music sampling startup Tracklib raises $1.7m from Sony and WndrCo | Music Business Worldwide

Stockholm-based music sampling startup Tracklib has raised $1.7 million.

The funding round was joined by Sony Innovation Fund; WndrCo; and Jörg Mohaupt, a private, early-stage investor who has invested in several other music companies including Discogs and Amuse.

The funding round is in preparation for a Series A funding later this year.

Tracklib says that it plans to use this funding to continue expanding its user base and music catalog.

Songs with Tracklib samples have been used on the likes of J.Cole’s latest double-platinum single Middle Child and DJ Khaled’s Holy Mountain.

“Sony Innovation Fund is proud to invest in such early-stage and emerging growth companies to help them develop and scale their technologies.”

Gen Tsuchikawa, Sony Innovation Fund

Tracklib CEO Pär Almqvist said: “This recent investment demonstrates the belief forward-looking investors have in our solution to one of the most complicated challenges in the music business: how to make sampling accessible, legal and affordable to producers and artists in all stages of their careers.

“We create a new and essential infrastructure in the global music industry, enabling completely new revenues and creative opportunities.”

Pär Almqvist, Tracklib 

“We create a new and essential infrastructure in the global music industry, enabling completely new revenues and creative opportunities.”

Gen Tsuchikawa, Chief Investment Officer of Sony Innovation Fund, the venture capital arm of Japan’s Sony Corporation, added: “We are happy to join Tracklib to support its innovative product and growth plans.

“Sony Innovation Fund is proud to invest in such early-stage and emerging growth companies to help them develop and scale their technologies.”Music Business Worldwide


McDonald’s workers want OSHA to investigate pattern of on-the-job violence | Advertising Age

Every 36 hours on average, American local news outlets deliver a new report on violence at a McDonald’s. A group of employees in Chicago say workers bear the brunt of such incidents—enough to constitute a pattern of regular on-the-job violence they want the company to address across the U.S.

In a complaint filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday, the workers at one location described being threatened with guns, attacked with hot coffee and having to dodge food thrown by a disturbed customer.

“Despite the frequent incidence of workplace violence, our employer has done nothing to implement safety measures to protect us,” the workers allege in the complaint, which names McDonald’s Corp. and franchisee Oscar Perretta.

The employees and other Chicago-area workers, who are working with the union-backed Fight for $15 campaign, are also sending a letter asking OSHA to open a “systemic” investigation into the corporation’s handling of workplace violence in its thousands of U.S. locations.

Their letter cites data from the National Employment Law Project, which counted 721 local media reports of violence at U.S. McDonald’s stores over the past three years, most of them involving guns.

Training push
When asked about the letter, McDonald’s said it’s rolling out national training programs in its company-owned restaurants this year focused on workplace safety.

“We believe every person working in McDonald’s restaurants deserves to do so in a safe and respectful environment and, along with our franchisees, have invested in programs that promote safe environments for customers and crew members,” the company said in a statement. “This includes clear policies that strictly prohibit violence, threats of violence and other conduct that jeopardizes or harms the safety of employees and others in the workplace.”

Perretta didn’t respond to messages left at his company, Nornat.

Police records
Police data, 911 call records and worker testimonials suggest the actual incidence of violence is much higher than local news reflects, said Deborah Berkowitz, a former chief of staff at OSHA who now runs the the Worker Health and Safety Program at NELP. The report gives as an example St. Louis, where the media reported three violent incidents at McDonald’s stores in the past three years, but police records counted 67.

“Workplace violence is clearly a very common and real hazard at McDonald’s throughout the nation,” Berkowitz said in an interview. “It’s stunning that a company of this size, with their resources, has not stepped forward to protect workers.”

In their Monday complaint to OSHA, the Chicago workers say dozens of 911 calls have been made from their restaurant since November, including three incidents of employees or customers threatened at gunpoint. The workers say the store’s management discouraged them from calling attention to the issue, saying it could get the location shut down.

Throwing coffee
Another time, they say, a customer made it over the counter and into their kitchen and started throwing things, including hot water and coffee containers, at employees. Afterward, a manager told employees that if it happened again, they should respond by throwing hot oil or coffee at the intruder, according to the complaint.

“The company doesn’t really care,” said Martina Ortega, one of the workers who filed the complaint. Speaking through a translator, Ortega said she felt safer in prior factory jobs than she does now at McDonald’s. While she used to leave her car keys in her purse when she got to McDonald’s, now she keeps them in her apron or on a lanyard around her neck in case she has to flee the building.

“I get scared basically every time I hear customers yelling,” she said. “I think about starting to run because I don’t want to get punched or shot.”

Customer grievances
According to the NELP report, many of the violent incidents are instigated by customers angry about small grievances, like long wait times or a missing straw. Some involve workers who are directed by managers to confront people who are loitering or misbehaving.

Roughly 40 percent of the incidents take place between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., a phenomenon the report pins on the chain’s 2003 decision to extend store hours. The report urges McDonald’s to adopt OSHA’s guidelines for curbing violence in late-night retail, such as limiting the amount of cash in registers, increasing staffing and improving visibility.

It also calls for McDonald’s to enhance security with panic buttons, more secure drive-thru windows and counters, better record-keeping and staff training, plus mental-health services and paid time off for workers who experience trauma.

“This isn’t rocket science,” Berkowitz said. “They could just cut and paste from what the government has put out over the past 20 years.”

McDonald’s franchisees must follow detailed corporate guidelines in areas ranging from bookkeeping to advertising, she said, and additional anti-violence safeguards would be just as easy to require throughout the chain.

“Many owners of retail establishments don’t think about these issues,” said David Michaels, a professor at George Washington University’s public health school and a former head of OSHA. “You can train workers to make sure they’re safe in a way that’s not detrimental to the experience of customers.”

Fry grease
John D’Amanda, a worker at a McDonald’s in Oakland, California, and an activist with the union-backed Fight for $15 initiative, said people have tackled him, beaten him and tried to burn him with fry grease inside his restaurant.

“I try not to be afraid—I mean, I have to go to work,” he said. “I always have the feeling that somebody is on the edge of attacking me, and there’s not anything I can do about it.”

Workplace safety is the newest front in a years-long struggle between McDonald’s and the Fight for $15 campaign that seeks to organize fast-food workers and raise labor standards in low-wage industries. On Tuesday, the Fight for $15 and the American Civil Liberties Union announced the filing of 25 new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints and lawsuits over alleged sexual harassment and retaliation at McDonald’s stores.

Similar allegations have also spurred an investigation in Brazil, where the labor prosecution service says it’s investigating 25 allegations of sexual and racial harassment at McDonald’s stores there. In an emailed statement, McDonald’s Brazilian franchisee Arcos Dorados said it “doesn’t tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment of any nature.”

Workers plan to hold one-day walkouts in 13 U.S. cities on Thursday, while McDonald’s holds its annual shareholder meeting in Dallas. Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Julian Castro and Jay Inslee are slated to join their picket lines; Bernie Sanders will host a video town hall with McDonald’s workers.

—Bloomberg News