UMG round 1

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A musicologist is someone that is not artistic but holds a piece of paper saying they are able to listen and judge music for plagiarism cases etc. I was recently judged by one in some case where I lost 25k of profits plus damages on yet another stolen piece of audio used on a track called ‘Terminus’ by the orb. There are no two ways about it, this particular piece of audio was 7 minutes long, and formed the basis of the track. They tried to call it a ‘sample’ in order to give me less money, they will say or do anything to get out of treating musicians fairly.

It is in fact a remix stolen from my record label, which itself was the subject of fraudulent transactions, false directors etc unbeknownst to me at the time. It is in fact a piece of audio from an album called ‘FFWD’ and was a guitar part from one of the tracks played by robert fripp. this doesnt really even mean much to me, I didnt even play it, i just owned the label that put it out but it essential to cause DRAP AND UMG as much punishment as is possible.

the kicker though here is that Peter Oxendale, some guy ive never met who has no position in a court decided that this audio they had stolen DID NOT EXIST. it took me a while to come to terms with that as i had been zooming in on this audio for weeks. i even took the track they nicked it from and ran it alongside it and i found that they hadnt even edited it or changed the pitch of it at all. no pitch change and the track runs for 7 minutes on and off with someone using a filter to disguise it in certain parts, but not by much. In my opinion if you cant hear that theft, then you should not be working in the music industry in any capacity.

correspondence:

UMG ROUND 1

hello pitiful thieves.

i am now taking over the case that poor adam glass was working on, i might get another solicitor i might not. you and peter oxendale cost his company 5000 quid, which im sure youll be pleased to hear, because you people are basically satan. this is the first of ten cases i have against you. by the time im done i will cost you a lot more than if you nullified my contracts immediately and never ever went near one of my tracks again.

right, case1: terminus. so now i need the exact piece of audio you sent peter oxendale, because its clear you either a) deliberately gave him the wrong track or b) deliberately paid him to lie. also need the report he gave you to determine how he came to make the mistake. oh and im publishing a small media piece about what you did here. deliberately paying someone to lie for you is a very serious matter and it seems highly unlikely that this just happened to come up just as you were about to settle with me, had already offered me too little *and* already admitted your mistake. does peter know you admitted (in writing quite a few times, including offering a settlement) you stole the audio before you ordered his report ?

it was also very very strange that after you admitted your mistake and offered me a pitiful compensation for your theft *suddenly* the piece of audio you had stolen was no longer stolen and DID NOT EXIST. it was also very strange that the 25k you made out of it, suddenly accidentally dropped to 4k just around the time you had run out of legal options. i wonder how that happens.

it makes it all the more shocking that its the largest music company in the world stealing, lying and ripping off homeless musicians property. and so many times ive lost count. every single contract you think you have with me is void and was void from the start, you didnt get my signature on one of them, and they fiddled companies house on the directors. you dont even know, youre clueless and lucky im homeless and poor. the solicitor that dealt with it was acting for THREE different parties at the same time, its all completely illegal and you know it but you think you can act with impunity because you have money. once i nullify them i will be claiming huge damages for not attempting to sort this out with me, denigrating my name with your shockingly awful releases i never asked for, and attempting to write me out of the history of my own tracks. you are truly despicable.

im sure you all sleep like babies over there

to recap

a) the piece of audio you sent peter oxendale, and preferably some proof it is the exact audio you sent him. perhaps you have an email where i can examine the headers.

b) the report he made on it

c) the accounts for the piece of music involved, i have all the information you sent me and will reproduce it in the media report. the total jumps all over the place i forget now. its clear there is fraud happening here.

sort this out and stop stealing my money immediately because it will come back to bite you.

kris weston

much to my surprise the dude replied immediately

Dear Mr Weston,

I hope all is well.

I have recently replaced Nicola Kennedy in the legal department here at Island Records. It’s a pleasure to meet you over email.

I understand that you have been in contact with Peter Oxendale in relation to an issue that arose in 2015 concerning The Orb track: ‘Terminus’. I would respectfully ask that in future you continue these conversations with Island rather than contacting Peter directly.

From what I can ascertain having reviewed various correspondence on the matter,  I understand you are claiming that the track ‘Terminus’ contains a sample of the track “Hidden” by FFWD? Please correct me if I’m wrong on this.

We are happy to reinstruct Peter to examine this issue again in the New Year. Please could you send through the relevant correctly labelled audio files and timings of the samples inclusion in the track? Would you also be able to clarify your involvement with the track “Hidden”?

I hope you will appreciate that we are trying to be as cooperative as possible in resolving this matter.

Best wishes

James

my riposte

my report on the music and the two audio tracks shall follow.

 

On 22/12/2016 12:13, Rushton, James wrote:

Dear Mr Weston,

 

I hope all is well.

 

I have recently replaced Nicola Kennedy in the legal department here at Island Records. It’s a pleasure to meet you over email.

really??? weirdest thing ive ever heard from universal :D whilst you may (however unlikely considering your employment) be a decent human being, i cannot say the same to you im afraid. in this case you are representing satan. a corporation that is completely stifling creativity and stealing from homeless musicians. i simply cannot relate to another human being that would work for UMG. you are just robot drones to me with no ethics.

 

I understand that you have been in contact with Peter Oxendale in relation to an issue that arose in 2015 concerning The Orb track: ‘Terminus’. I would respectfully ask that in future you continue these conversations with Island rather than contacting Peter directly.

if you show a willingness to correct this lie then i may oblige, not promising anything tho. show me the report and give me the audio you gave him. how much did you pay him for this disaster ?

 

From what I can ascertain having reviewed various correspondence on the matter,  I understand you are claiming that the track ‘Terminus’ contains a sample of the track “Hidden” by FFWD? Please correct me if I’m wrong on this.

look, i know for a fact that my IP has been stolen. peter must have either been deliberately given the wrong track, or just paid to lie. thats the only two choices here. read the article. https://krisweston.com/rant/umg-round-1
We are happy to reinstruct Peter to examine this issue again in the New Year. Please could you send through the relevant correctly labelled audio files and timings of the samples inclusion in the track? Would you also be able to clarify your involvement with the track “Hidden”?
god no, peter has lied in a legal case, i dont think you should be hiring him ever again, but thats your business i suppose. he clearly has no credibility left. if i have any say in it, not a chance in hell. havent you got anyone better who doesnt cause such a colossal fuck up? i really would rather someone else. someone who knows a bit about music would be handy. electronic music. someone who knows what a low pass filter is might be handy too. if Peter does it i want to be sitting behind him when he does.

right, first of all there is no ‘sample’. i am claiming UMG and DRAP stole the entire record without my permission. its not a sample its a complete lift and hes added some noises over the top and deliberately tried to disguise it. after pattersons blatant boast in a national newspaper recently about how he steals peoples music i think you will have trouble defending that :D its an illegal remix. thats why its so amusing Peter cant hear the ‘sample’ – or it would be if he hadnt messed up my life, cos i borrowed 5k on the strength of your offer and you left me unable to pay it back – not to mention the 5k to adam n all. the audio came from an album called FFWD, which was signed to my label, im sure you can see by going back through nicolas correspondence. i want ALL profits from it,  then perhaps you can nullify my contracts with you and mebbe i wont pursue the other stuff. there really should be damages for taking my labels work and for lying last year about it, but i willing to overlook that if you give me the 25k for the track and nullify my contracts. if you nullify my contracts i shall cease with the other cases. you have to agree that anything ive written tho, you wont ever touch again and all tracks be removed from all streaming platforms immediately as i never gave my permission for that ( i know you might try to argue that, but thats another case which im confident about ) . i cant however cease the publishing splits cases against patterson they will have to continue.

the only reason there has been a years break in this is because ive been out of the country and you paid that dude to lie and tried to price me out of justice. the solicitor quit, it took me a year to find him as well, thats why im doing this little one first.
I hope you will appreciate that we are trying to be as cooperative as possible in resolving this matter.

 

your company has consistently trodden all over my rights and me as a person. removed my name from my own records. god theres so much illegal stuff youve done its hard to know how to approach it. why its a little hard to swallow your ‘oh look we are being nice’. repay the 25 years of rip offs, remove the albums from sale, nullify my contracts, apologise publicly and never so much look at anything ive made ever again. then you would be being fair, not even nice.

youve read the article i just wrote tho ? you deliberately lied to make yourself money (not the first time by far) and cost some random solicitor dude 5000 pounds, you then whacked up my copyrighted music again on youtube. you are the richest music company in the world and you are stealing a homeless musicians music, there is no humanity there, you dont give a fuck who you rip off, its all just squids coming in. i mean come on. in an act of good faith for continuing negotiations please remove that terminus track from any and all streaming sites and i never want to see it there ever again. i appreciate you are making the effort *now, but your company and DRAP owe me over a million quid, plus damages and you have been ripping me off for about 25 years. youll see as the cases go on. lets do this one first shall we :)

kris

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