Comcast First ISP To Sign On With ACE Anti-Piracy Coalition

Comcast has become the first ISP to join the ACE anti-piracy coalition. Viacom also joined the anti-piracy organization this week.

Back in 2017, 30 media companies came together to form the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. The ACE anti-piracy coalition is led by the MPA and aims to tackle piracy concerns on a global scale. Both Comcast and Viacom joined the organization earlier this week.

The growing coalition offers a completely different approach than the recording and broader music industry. At present, major labels like Universal Music Group, led by the RIAA, are actively litigating against multiple ISPs.  Indeed, ISPs have mostly been at war with labels and major publishers over the past two decades.  In the early days following Napster, ISPs unilaterally fought against lawsuits impacting their subscribers, with the RIAA often launching massive legal attacks on individual infringers.

Fast-forward to 2019, and that approach is falling out of favor on the film and TV side.  Charles Rivkin, the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association ⁠— says the anti-piracy coalition is thrilled to have Comcast on board.

“As the parent companies of two of our original members, they have been supporters of our efforts and numerous successes, but now as members, they will strengthen the legal and operational work we’re able to do to reduce the threat of piracy and support creators,” Rivkin remarked.

Both Comcast and Viacom own ACE members but were not a member of the coalition until this week. Comcast owns NBCUniversal, Sky, and Telemundo ⁠— all founding members of ACE. Viacom is the parent company of Paramount Pictures, also a member of ACE. It also owns UK Channel 5, which joined the coalition back in March 2019.

Among the list of more than 30 companies that make up ACE, Comcast is the first internet service provider.

The ACE anti-piracy coalition focuses on provision and distribution rather than end-users. But with Comcast and the Xfinity brand under the umbrella, will that anti-piracy strategy change?

Current ACE Anti-Piracy Coalition Members

  • Amazon
  • AMC Networks
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Bell Canada and Bell Media
  • Canal Group,
  • CBA Corporation
  • Channel 5
  • Comcast
  • Constantin Film
  • Discovery
  • Foxtel
  • Grupo Globo
  • HBO
  • Hulu
  • Liongate
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Millennium Media
  • NBCUniversal
  • Netflix
  • Paramount Pictures
  • SF Studios
  • Sky
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Star India
  • Studio Babelsberg
  • STX Entertainment
  • Telefe
  • Telemundo
  • Televisa
  • Univision Communications Inc.
  • Viacom
  • Village Roadshow
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment

Mixcloud Boosted Its Annual Revenues by 45% — But Losses Tripled

British streaming service Mixcloud released its 2018 financial results.  There was both good news and bad news.

While Mixcloud reported strong revenue growth, it came at a cost.

For the year, Mixcloud earned around £2.4 million (about $3.1 million), which represents a more than 45% increase over the previous year’s results. In 2017, Mixcloud earned £1.68 million ($2.2 million).

On the downside, losses more than tripled, from £885,000 in 2017 to more than £3.0 million ($3.85 million) in the latest year.

The reason for this is that the company’s administrative expenses rose dramatically, from a little more than £1 million ($1.28 million) to more than £4 million ($5.1 million), while their costs of sales also grew, from £1.4 million ($1.8 million) to £1.8 million ($2.3 million).

Another piece of good news for the company is that net assets have increased considerably over the previous year.

While Mixcloud started the year with £1.35 million ($1.7 million), they ended the year with £5.5 million ($7 million).

Despite the rockiness, Mixcloud believes that they have “adequate resources” to both run their operations and meet existing liabilities “for the foreseeable future.” Driving this belief is the funding that the company received in April of 2018. WndrCo, which is a U.S. media group, reportedly invested $11.5 million in Mixcloud.

Originally, the company operated under the same kind of blanket licensing agreement that radio stations use. But in recent years, it has signed direct licensing contracts with big players in the industry. In October of 2017, Mixcloud signed an agreement with Warner Music Group. It followed this with an agreement with Universal Music a year later, which was closely followed by a Merlin pact.

One month after Mixcloud signed its agreement with Merlin, they announced that channels and creators operating on their platform could charge users a monthly subscription. This past July, the company also launched a premium subscription service and placed limits on their free service.

Live Nation's Download Festival Madrid 2020 Is Canceled

Yet another music festival has been canceled.

Live Nation’s Download Festival Madrid has announced that the event will not be returning in 2020.  Organizers are trying to redevelop the event, though for now, things look to be on permanent hiatus.

The festival is one of a number of Download events that take place across the world. For the last three years, the Caja Magica has hosted this particular edition. The inaugural 2017 festival was especially successful, with more than 100,000 people attending.

The most recent edition of the festival took place this past June. Among those who performed there were Tool, Scorpions, Sabaton and Slipknot.

The festival organizers issued a statement along with the announcement. They said that, while they would have liked to announce the 4th edition of the festival, they have not “achieved all the conditions that we believe a festival of this nature requires,” so they have decided to go on hiatus while they try to redevelop the concept.

They added that, as they “evaluate different options,” they hope to bring fans the “best experience possible,” in line with what 250,000 people have seen in the last three years.

Download Festival Madrid has been one of the main rock festivals in Spain.

Among the many stars that have performed at the festival is Linkin Park, which featured one of the last performances of singer Chester Bennington before he died. Other performers have included:

  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Guns n’ Roses
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Judas Priest

The flagship Download Festival has taken place in the United Kingdom every year since 2003 in Donington Park. Other Download Festivals have taken place in Japan, France and Australia.

The Madrid edition of the Download Festival is not the first that has gone on hiatus. The French festival, which had been staged in Paris since 2016, went on hiatus this year. It was scheduled to return next year, but it was also canceled.

Lizzo Accused of Stealing Her "100% That Bitch" Line from "Truth Hurts"

Producer Justin Raisen is accusing singer Lizzo of plagiarizing the most famous line from her hit single “Truth Hurts,” making him the second person to make such claims.

On Instagram, Raisen said that he and a number of people collaborated on the following line of the song: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.”  These people include producer and songwriter Yves Rothman, songwriter Jesse Saint John and Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Vinne Jefferson.

Lizzo has not credited any of the claimed collaborators on the famous like, according to Raisen.

Raisen further said that the four wrote the line for a demo called “Healthy,” and that he and the other two collaborators were never credited in “Truth Hurts.”

In 2017, when the song was released, the three collaborators tried to reach out to Ricky Reed, who is the co-writer and the producer of the song. They also tried to reach out to members of Jefferson’s team. When this failed, they started the wheels on their dispute.

For the past two years, the three have privately have been trying to work out a deal. They each want 5% of the proceeds from “Truth Hurts,” but because they are getting nowhere with their demands, they decided to go public with them as a means of relieving their “emotional distress.”

Cynthia S. Arato, who is a lawyer for Jefferson, insists that Raisen and the others did not participate in the creation of “Truth Hurts” and therefore are not entitled to any profit from it.

Raisen is not the only person accusing Jefferson of plagiarizing the song lyric.

British singer Mina Lioness insists that she tweeted the line prior to the release of “Truth Hurts.” She said that it represents “my creativity, my wit and my comedy.”

Jefferson admits that “I’m 100% that bitch,” came from an Internet meme, and she credits it for the song’s inspiration, but she still insists that she has ownership of the phrase. She is even trying to trademark “100% That Bitch.”

Cuba Gooding Jr. Reportedly Told 1 Of 14 Assault Vicitims To "Pee" In His Mouth

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s ual misconduct trial has grown substantially since he was first accused groping a woman a New York bar back in June. When the Snow Dogs actor headed to trial last week for the charge, he was told that a new charge against his name had been documented and he would have to re-schedule his trail to a later date. 

Page Six has now gotten word the new charge that brings Cuba’s accuser count to 14. According to the publication, the latest accuser is bringing to light an incident that happened in February 2017 with the actor allegedly grabbed her arm at a Los Angeles bar and told her to sit on his face and pee in her mouth. Cuba said the latter after he put his hand in her blouse and squeezed her breast. Cuba was reportedly told to leave the woman but persisted. 

Other allegations against Cuba include a time he grabbed a woman’s butt at the Chatwal Hotel in Manhattan in 2013, reached under a woman’s skirt in 2014 at Cafe Havana in Malibu and similar inappropriate incidents throughout New York, California, Texas and New Mexico.

“We are completely confident that there will be no criminal conviction Cuba Gooding Jr. The actor] is certainly innocent the allegations that will be presented today before the court and we’re going to ask that the court send this case out today for trial,” Mark said, as seen in below.

Ja Rule Is Getting Dragged Back Into a $100 Million Fyre Festival Lawsuit

Ja Rule knew the Fyre Festival was going to be a disaster, litigants claim.

A number of festival ticket holders, in a class action lawsuit, are now suing Ja Rule for $100 million, insisting that newly uncovered evidence proves that the rapper was promoting the festival even after he knew it was going to fail.  Earlier, Ja Rule was dismissed from the action based on insufficient evidence of his involvement or knowledge of the pending disaster.

This past July, U.S. District Court Judge P. Kevin Castel indicated that there was insufficient evidence that Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, knew for certain that the Fyre Festival would be a disaster. So, he dismissed all claims against the rapper. But he also permitted the plaintiffs to file a new complaint if additional evidence should arise.

The case against Ja Rule primarily hinges on a tweet he posted on the day before the festival.

It stated definitively that the festival would begin “in less than 24 hours.” Castel dismissed the first complaint because the plaintiffs could not demonstrate that any of them had relied on this tweet in any of the actions they subsequently took relating to the festival.

In the new complaint, attorney Ben Meiselas, who is representing the plaintiffs, says that he has proof that many of his clients did in fact rely on Ja Rule’s tweet when they decided to buy airline tickets and fly to the festival, which was to take place on a private Caribbean island in April of 2017.

Meiselas further says that a pair of recent documentaries about the festival demonstrate categorically that Ja Rule knew that the festival would be a failure but still continued to promote it.  Interestingly, Meiselas himself appears in the two films.

Ja Rule was one of the primary organizers of the Fyre Festival, along with entrepreneur Billy McFarland, who is serving a 6-year jail sentence for mail and wire fraud in addition to having to pay $26 million in restitution. The documentaries show that most people involved with the festival knew it would fail, but pushed ahead anyway.

Odell Beckham Jr. Reportedly Sued Over 2017 Car Crash

It looks like Odell Beckham Jr is facing a new lawsuit. According to TMZ, OBJ let a friend drive one his rental BMW’s, who he ended up getting into an accident, and now the insurance company is going after the Browns wide receiver to pay for it.

Apparently the incident happened back in 2017 when the company Celebrity Motors let the then New York Giants superstar borrow a 2017 BMW 650XG (worth around $103k) to drive around town. Celebrity Motors claims Beckham was the only person authorized to drive the car, but course he didn’t follow rules. Odell let his buddy, Blake Anderson, take it out for a spin on Oct. 24, 2017, and he ended up wrecking the vehicle while driving recklessly in the Lincoln Tunnel.

Anderson allegedly “carelessly” cut across several lanes traffic to try and exit the tunnel, but instead struck another car causing $38k in damage to the BMW. Lexington Insurance claims Beckham should have known his friend is a terrible and unsafe driver with multiple traffic infractions and had no experience driving a car with “this kind power.” They also claim Anderson doesn’t have the means to pay for the damage.

There is a kicker however that favors OBJ. The insurance company admit in the lawsuit the deal with Beckham was only an “oral agreement,” and he may claim he never agreed to take responsibility for anyone else driving the car. Either way, they’re wanting a judge to rule on the matter. We’ll keep you posted if anything further develops.

Kodak Black Ordered To Pay $90K To Concert Promoter: Report

Kodak Black might be serving time behind bars at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped a judge from ordering him to pay back a concert promoter for some missed shows. According to a report from TheBlast, Kodak was ordered by an Arizona judge to pay $91,095 to promoter Nicholas Fitts for missing various shows.

Fitts sued the rapper last year accusing him blowing f multiple concerts despite having a signed contract. The lawsuit claims Kodak was contractually bound to perform on March 3, 2017 in New York, but he never showed up. The rapper then agreed to do a “makeup date” in April 2017 but didn’t show up again. The promoter said he reluctantly agreed to give Kodak another shot and scheduled a third show but he once again blew it f.

Fitts sued the Florida rapper seeking in excess $500,000 in damages, but a judge ruled in favor what he put up, $91,000.

In other news, Kodak is making money while he’s behind bars in the form figurine dolls. The Florida rapper is selling replica dolls himself that can talk, which you can purchase right here if interested.

A "Training Day" Prequel Is On The Way: Report

New reports by UPROXX confirm additional details on the possible arrival a Training Day sequel. This information comes almost 18 years after Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke delivered a dazzling performance which many consider as a marker to Washington’s ascension as a legendary actor. The Antoine Fuqua-directed film won an Academy Award shortly after its release and since, fans have been wanting more. Although 2017 brought forth a television series based on the popular flick, the show only lasted one season. Now, three years later, current reports confirm that Hollywood big names have been in talks to execute on a Training Day prequel’s arrival to the big screen. 

Talented screenwriter Nick Yarborough was reportedly hired by Warner Bros. to write the Training Day prequel. So far, emerged details reveal that the aforementioned movie will explore the life Denzel Washington’s character, Alonzo Harris, approximately ten years before the Training Day story took place. This sets the prequel around the early 1990s right before the 1992 Los Angeles riots which were fueled by the police brutality case  Rodney King. The original story given by the Collider cites no additional details surrounding the prequel project. Though, we now have something to look forward to with regards to the continuation the Training Day story.

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Rihanna’s Jamaican Navy Are Trying To Steal Her From Barbados

Any major Rihanna fan is well aware that the singer is from Barbados and any Jamaican who’s also a fan would tell you otherwise since the country is seemingly trying to claim her as their own prized possession. As per the latest Twitter trend, #RihannaIsJamaican, Bajans are going up against a rowdy bunch proud islanders who are doing everything in their power to convince people that the “Work” singer is really a Jamaican. 

“Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world would believe us and there is nothing the Bajans can do about it. Let’s kidnap Rihanna’s nationality, y’all,” one Twitter user wrote, which sparked the whole debacle. From there, some the most hilarious graphics were presented that showcased Rihanna on the Jamaican dollar bill and walking around the streets St. Ann.

Some Jamaican fans even updated Rihanna’s Wikipedia page to make it seem as if her Jamaican nationality was a well-known fact from the jump. 

Even Jamaica’s KFC locations played into the trend when they photoshopped an image Rihanna at the Portmore Mall location. 

Rihanna has yet to respond to the hilarious banter and we assume she’s having just as much fun as her fans are. 

NBA Youngboy Drops Sequel To “AI Youngboy”: Stream

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has returned to the scene today with his first project since being released from jail back in August. The Louisiana sensation decides to come through and share the sequel to his 2017 project AI Youngboy, which finds him getting introspective about the difficulties he’s faced over the past year.

The follow up to last year’s Realer contains 18 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Quando Rondo and NoCap, both which who appear on the same song “Outta Here Safe.” Meanwhile, production is handled by the likes DJ Swift, Cashmoney AP, Wheezy, Buddha Bless and more.

“I just keep recording. You never know what you’ll come up with,” YoungBoy explained breaking down his creative process. “I’m just trying to be myself — make music how I make music.”

Out now, fans can stream the project in its entirety any one the streaming platforms. Hit play and let us know what you think. Look for his .38 Baby 2 tape to be on the way as well.

Lil Peep's Managers Face Legal Action Over the Rapper's Overdose

Liza Womack, the mother of the late Lil Peep, has sued the rapper’s former managers in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Womack is suing not only for the wrongful death of Lil Peep, but also for negligence and breach of contract. The rapper, whose real name was Gustav Elijah Ahr, died in November of 2017 from a massive drug overdose.

According to the lawsuit, at the time of Lil Peep’s death he was “stressed, overwhelmed, burn out, exhausted and physically unwell.”  The complaint further claims that the rapper was “impressionable” and that his managers manipulated him into playing too many shows after “plying and propping” him up with drugs.

Womack is not the only plaintiff in the case. The administrator of Lil Peep’s estate is also suing First Access Entertainment, which is a management company headed by Sarah Stennett and run in partnership with Len Blavatnik, who is the owner of Warner Music Group and Access Industries.
Stennett, who has also worked with Zayn Malik, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding, signed Lil Peep when he was 19.

In addition to Stennett, the suit named Bryant Ortega, who is one of the managers at First Access, and Belinda Mercer, who is the company’s tour manager. It is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

A representative of First Access responded to the lawsuit by calling the claims made in the lawsuit “categorically untrue” while calling the lawsuit itself “groundless and offensive.”

Womack also commented on the lawsuit.  She said that it was something that she had to do as a mother, and she added that she does not want to see children exploited in the way her son allegedly was.

She believes that both Stennett and First Access “fostered, promoted and encouraged” the use of drugs so that they could control Lil Peep, and she thinks that they treated him as a commodity instead of a person while pushing him beyond what someone of his age and maturity could handle.

Womack’s action echoes complaints issued by the family of Avicii following his suicide last year.  Avicii’s stepfather blamed the DJ’s manager, Arash ‘Ash’ Pournouri, for , and pushing the young star into suicide.

Lil Nas X, Cardi B Hit With a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Rodeo

Another day, another major copyright infringement lawsuit.

This time, a pair of music producers in Atlanta are suing Lil Nas X, Cardi B, and other collaborators for copyright infringement on “Rodeo.” The plaintiffs claim that the song derives from a track they created in 2017.

Glen Keith DeMeritt III and Don Lee insist that back then, they made a similar-sounding recording that they called “gwenXdonlee4-142”. The track was, in turn, employed in a song by Sakrite Deuxe and Puerto Reefa called “Broad Day.” They further insist that “Broad Day” was “performed, published, and distributed widely,” especially (but not only) within Atlanta’s local hip-hop scene.

Earlier this year, Lil Nas X released an EP called 7, which included the song “Rodeo.” The lawsuit claims that this is “substantially similar” to theirs and that they did not grant permission to Lil Nas X nor his collaborators to use it in any way. The complaint further claims that the two rappers produced a derivative work from their original material.

The lawsuit provides a rationale to back up its claims, which is already being called frivolous.  The suit indicates that both songs not only use the same chord progression (E, F, G, F, E) but also the same 4-measure phrase that outlines it. It indicates as well that the two songs use similar drumbeats and instruments and possess “a substantially similar overall sound and feel.”

That sounds eerily like the recent lawsuit over “Blurred Lines,” in which the Marvin Gaye Estate for a track that merely borrowed similar instrumentation and elements — not exact notes, structural elements, or even key signatures.

Apart from Lil Nas X and Cardi B, the lawsuit also lists Sony Music Entertainment and Take a Daytrip as co-defendants, among others.

So far, neither Lil Nas X nor his representatives have issued a comment on the matter.

“Rodeo” was expected to be the next single released off 7. Previous singles from the record include “Panini” and the hit “Old Town Road.” The latter song is the subject of a separate $25 million copyright infringement suit filed by California publisher The Music Force.

Lil Peep’s Ex-Management Company Denies Culpability In His Drug Overdose Death

Lil Peep’s mother Liza Womack filed a lawsuit on Monday (October 7) alleging the late rapper’s tour and management company was culpable in his 2017 death. Now, First Access Entertainment is reportedly calling foul.

In a statement obtained by The Blast, the company says they actually attempted to sway Peep away from drugs and his enablers.

They explained, “Lil Peep’s death from an accidental drug overdose was a terrible tragedy. However, the claim that First Access Entertainment, any of its employees, or Chase Ortega, or anyone else under our auspices was somehow responsible for, complicit in, or contributed to his death is categorically untrue.”

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The statement continued, “[his managers] consistently encouraged Peep to stop abusing drugs and to distance himself from the negative influence of the drug users and enablers with whom he chose to associate.”

The company added they are “extremely disappointed” Womack filed the wrongful death lawsuit.

Peep died on November 15, 2017 at the age of 21. His official cause of death was listed as a combination of fentanyl and alprazolam (Xanax).

Lil Peep’s Mother Sues Managers Over His Death

Nearly two years after his death, Lil Peep’s mother is suing his management team and the company behind his final tour with supplying the emo-rapper with drugs that led to his tragic death.

Liza Womack, Peep’s mother and the administrator of his estate, has filed suit against First Access Entertainment, the talent agency and label that oversaw Peep’s career after signing him to a three-year deal when he was 19.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages for negligence, breach of contract, and wrongful death, named Sarah Stennett, First Access’ chief executive who has worked with the artists including Rita Ora, Zayn Malik, and Ellie Goulding; Bryant Ortega, a member of Lil Peep’s management team; and Belinda Mercer, who was hired as a tour manager for Peep’s final tour in the fall of 2017.

Instead of getting him help, Womack alleges that during a stop in London, her son was gifted a bottle of pills by one of his managers during a group dinner. The docs, obtained by TMZ, claim the drug use continued later in 2017 on Peep’s final “Come Over When You’re Sober” tour. Womack says Peep was regularly supplied with controlled drugs and illegal substances including Xanax and Ketamine while on the road.

During a Los Angeles tour stop on May 10, 2017, Peep’s mom claims he was “barely able to communicate, let alone perform, due to his use of drugs,” but his managers allowed him to perform. Womack alleges Peep repeatedly told management he wanted to quit the tour, but his team ignored his pleas and “pushed [Peep] onto stage after stage in city after city, plying and propping” him up with drugs.

During the last tour stop before Peep’s death in El Paso, Tex., his mother alleges that Mercer, told him to take “an excessive amount of Xanax” so he would get sick and then insurance would cover the cancellation of the show. Womack also claims Mercer had a ual relationship with Peep.

Lil Peep was pronounced dead from an overdose on a tour bus in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 15, 2017. His cause of death was listed as a combination of fentanyl and alprazolam (Xanax). He was 21.