TIME Music

The ‘Blurred Lines’ Ruling Is the First of Its Kind

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Jamie McCarthy—2014 Getty Images Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke perform during the Walmart 2014 annual shareholders meeting on June 6, 2014 at Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

"It's never been based on a jury's opinion"


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A jury ruled Tuesday that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye on their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines,” awarding the Gaye family nearly $7.4 million dollars in a verdict that could have a chilling effect on pop music.

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Listen for yourself: Both begin with skittering, light-on-their-feet drum beats punctuated by a few pulsing bass notes; both Gaye and Thicke begin the track showing off their falsettos, though Thicke drops the high notes shortly after. Williams argued that he had just been “channeling that feeling, that late-’70s feeling” (and you can’t copyright feelings), but Gaye’s copyright applied only to the sheet music version of the song—the jury didn’t even hear the official recording in court—which means the case came down to the actual nuts and bolts of the songwriting.

Historically, these kinds of legal disputes are settled by insiders who can analyze note-for-note the stretches of the song coming under scrutiny, the Los Angeles Times reports. But while the “Blurred Lines” case had plenty of expert testimony from musicologists and industry executives, they ultimately didn’t get to make the call—regular people did.

“It’s never been based on a jury’s opinion,” Irving Azoff, the chairman and CEO of Azaoff MSG Entertainment (which reps Williams) told the Los Angeles Times. “If we’re now entering into a gray area, that’s very scary.” By putting it to a jury, the debate was turned over to relatively untrained ears, which makes this ruling a particularly slippery slope for both songwriters and artists.

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TIME animals

Wild Beaver Colony in England to Be Set Free After Being Cleared of Disease

The beavers are free of disease and will return to their natural habitat

Beavers in England were once hunted into near extinction, but a small colony of them appears to be thriving and will soon be returned to the wild after the animals were found to be healthy.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was originally going to keep a group of five beavers from the Otter River in captivity due to their risk of becoming infected with Echinococcus multilocularis, which can cause a harmful parasite to grow in humans, The Guardian reports. But after animal and environmental activists called for the beavers to be left alone, arguing that the species was an important part of the ecosystem, the plan has changed.

Now that DEFRA has captured, tested and cleared the beavers of disease, the agency has handed over the animals to the Devon Wildlife Trust, which had applied in January for a five-year license to take care of the beavers and oversee their reintroduction. In a statement, the trust said the beavers were not injured during the testing and appear to be content in their temporary housing.

“We are confident that we will be able to announce the beavers’ return to the Otter in the near future,” the group said.

[The Guardian]

TIME Music

Watch the Moving Video for Kate Boy’s Electro-Pop Equality Anthem ‘Higher’

The video for a song off their new self-titled EP premieres today on TIME

The name Kate Boy sounds like one person, but it’s actually several: with members hailing from Australia and Sweden, this Stockholm-based trio (fronted by vocalist Kate Akhurst) first emerged in 2012. In the years since, their aerobic electro-pop has earned them a devoted following.

The band recently released their self-titled EP; now, they’re premiering the music video for one of its songs, “Higher,” on TIME. Directed by Ben Strebel, who’s helmed visuals for Gorgon City and Phoenix, the music video is chilly, constantly in motion and straight out of a dystopian sci-fi movie — not unlike the song itself, whose urgent thump keeps up the pace of past releases “Self Control” and “The Way We Are.” (Quick, somebody call Lorde and get Kate Boy on the next Mockingjay soundtrack.)

“The song ‘Higher’ is about equality and acceptance, and the video is set in a world where a society lives under the watchful eye of an oppressive force,” the band says. “We follow several characters as they struggle against authority under the toxic light where individuality is not tolerated. Through an ‘illegal’ crystal they one by one are able to see the world as it should be, vibrant and colourful, something they never knew could exist.”

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TIME Food & Drink

The Jelly Belly Warehouse Is Closing

Michael Lively of Hammond, Ind., stands near the Mr. Jelly Belly mascot at the Jelly Belly Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wis on July 26, 2006.
Brian Passino—AP Michael Lively of Hammond, Ind., stands near the Mr. Jelly Belly mascot at the Jelly Belly Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wis on July 26, 2006.

The company plans to move its distribution center to Tennessee

Correction appended, March 12.

Wisconsin residents might want to start stockpiling their favorite flavors: The Jelly Belly Candy Co. warehouse and store are leaving the Badger State for good.

The company plans to sell its 40-acre property in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., and move operations to Tennessee, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports. A spokesperson for the California-based company confirmed the building had been put up for sale but said there was no timeline in place yet for the change. “Our public warehouse tours remain open per usual and we have a full schedule of activities planned for the summer,” Jana Sanders Perry said.

The 25 employees of the warehouse and a number of part-time store employees were informed of the news on Monday. The property, assessed at $4.3 million, has belonged to the company since 2001.

“It’s disappointing,” Kansasville, Wisc., resident Ann Konrad told TMJ4. “I think the Jelly Belly’s been kind of a name here in Pleasant Prairie for awhile, they’ve got the tours and the samples, and I’m surprised that they’re closing down.”

Last year, the company announced it was moving production of its Jelly Belly branded beans from its North Chicago factory to its Fairfield, Calif., headquarters.

[Milwaukee Business Journal]

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Correction: The original version of this story misstated the status of Jelly Belly Candy Company’s Chicago factory. It no longer produces Jelly Belly-branded beans but still does contract manufacturing for the company.

TIME Crime

Man Arrested in New York for Injuring Pilots With Lasers, Police Say

"[The laster] actually blinded us for a split second," one officer said

Police arrested a man Monday who allegedly gave four pilots, including two police helicopter pilots, eye injuries after pointing a laser at multiple aircraft departing from and arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Police charged Frank Egan, 36, with assault on a police officer, felony assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon after they traced the source of the laser beam to his Bronx apartment, the New York Times reports. Police say they recovered a machine labeled “Laser 303” from the apartment and that Egan admitted to using the laser that night.

Egan’s lawyer, Francis J. O’Reilly, said that his client was sleeping at the time of the investigation.

The two police officers injured by the laser say they were on board a helicopter investigating the cause of the beam when the it was directed into the cockpit and turned everything green. “[The laster] actually blinded us for a split second,” Officer Royston Charles told NBC.

The laser was not an isolated incident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which reported that there were 41 cases of lasers at LaGuardia airport in 2014.

[NYT]

TIME Aviation

Korean Air Flight Attendant Sues Over ‘Nut Rage’ Incident

Passengers wait to check in at the domestic check-in desk of Korean Air Lines Co. at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 2014.
Lee Jin-man—AP Passengers wait to check in at the domestic check-in desk of Korean Air Lines Co. at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 2014.

Kim Do-hee alleges she was physically and verbally assaulted after serving an airline executive macadamia nuts

A Korean Air flight attendant is suing the airline and one of its vice presidents after the executive allegedly assaulted her over the serving of macadamia nuts.

In a lawsuit filed this week in New York, Kim Do-hee alleged that Cho Hyun-ah became physically and verbally abusive after Do-hee served her the nuts on a plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport that was headed to South Korea last December, the New York Times reports. Cho, who wanted the nuts to be served on a plate, demanded that the aircraft return to the gate so Kim could be taken off the flight in what’s since been called a case of “nut rage.”

Cho, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, resigned from her job following international attention and is currently serving a prison sentence after a South Korean court found her guilty of violating aviation safety regulations. In the lawsuit, Kim alleges that she was told to lie to authorities about the confrontation and make public appearances with Cho in order to rebuild Cho’s public image.

Kim is seeking unspecified damages. A spokesperson for Korean Air had no comment to the Times.

[NYT]

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TIME Music

Iggy Azalea Is Rescheduling Her Tour

Iggy Azalea
Todd Williamson—Invision/AP Iggy Azalea

The news comes amid reports of turmoil between the rapper and her team

Just a month before it was slated to begin, Iggy Azalea’s The Great Escape Tour has been rescheduled “due to tour production delays,” her label announced.

“To accommodate for creative team availability and tour production plans, it was determined that the tour will not be ready this Spring,” Def Jam said in a statement. “It is extremely important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans and that requires more time in development.”

The news comes a day after The Wrap reported that the tour was in jeopardy because the “Fancy” rapper had become “increasingly unresponsive to her management and refuses to engage in promotion.” A representative for Azalea denied the reports to Billboard, saying “there’s no truth to the rumor that there’s any conflict between her and her management.”

New opening acts, to replace the previously announced guests Tinashe (whom Azalea joined for a remix of “All Hands on Deck”) and Nick Jonas, will be announced shortly, Def Jam says.

The rescheduled dates are below:

9/18 San Diego, CA — Valley View Casino Center
9/20 Fresno, CA — SaveMart Center
9/24 Oakland, CA — The Oracle Arena
9/25 Los Angeles, CA — STAPLES Center
9/29 Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
10/1 Minneapolis, MN — Target Center
10/2 Rosemont, IL — Allstate Arena
10/3 Auburn Hills, MI — The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/5 Washington, DC — Verizon Center
10/6 Boston, MA — TD Garden
10/8 Toronto, ON — Air Canada Centre
10/10 Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
10/11 Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
10/12 Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
10/15 Atlanta, GA — Philips Arena
10/17 Miami, FL — AmericanAirlines Arena
10/18 Orlando, FL — Amway Center
10/22 Houston, TX — Toyota Center
10/23 Austin, TX — Frank Erwin Center
10/25 Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center
10/27 Glendale, AZ — Gila River Arena

TIME White House

Obama Knew About Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Address, Aide Says

“He was aware of her email address. He traded emails with her," an aide said

President Obama knew about the personal email address Hillary Clinton used while she was Secretary of State, the White House spokesman said Monday, but he was unaware of the private email server she ran out of her home or the extent of its usage.

Obama had previously said he learned of Clinton’s exclusive use of private email while at the State Department “the same time everybody else learned it.” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told ABC News on Monday that Obama was referring to Clinton’s apparently lack of compliance with State Department rules by not submitting the communications as formal records for nearly six years.

“Yes, he was aware of her email address. He traded emails with her,” Earnest said. “But he was not aware of her personal email server or that she was using it exclusively for all her business.”

MORE: Republicans in Congress Focus on Possible Gaps in Hillary Clinton Emails

Earnest would not say how frequently Obama and Clinton exchanged emails, only that he “would not describe the number [of emails] as large.”

Revelations about Clinton’s use of private email have become the presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner’s biggest political headache to date, and multiple reports have indicated she’s likely to address the matter publicly soon. She recently called for the release of the 55,000 emails her aides handed over to the State Department, though her camp has said about 10% of the emails on her private server were personal and not turned over.

[ABC]

TIME Israel

Israeli Cave Explorers Find Hidden Alexander the Great–Era Treasure

ISRAEL-ALEXANDER THE GREAT-COINS-JEWELRY-DISCOVERY
Clara Amit—Israel Antiquities Authority/Xinhua/Sipa USA Ancient coins and other objects that were found by chance in a cave in northern Israel.

The silver coins and jewelry are believed to be 2,300 years old

Cave explorers in northern Israel stumbled upon a secret stash of silver coins and jewelry that date back to the time of Alexander the Great.

“The valuables might have been hidden in the cave by local residents who fled there during the period of governmental unrest stemming from the death of Alexander,” the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement reported by CNN. “Presumably, the cache was hidden in the hope of better days, but today we know that whoever buried the treasure never returned to collect it.”

The items, found in a small crevice of stalactite cave in Israel’s Galilee region, are believed to be 2,300 years old. They are the first artifacts of their kind from this period of ancient Israeli history, NBC reports.

After the cave explorers reported their discovery, antiquities authorities visited the site and found even more artifacts, some of which were 6,000 years old.

[CNN]

TIME United Nations

Violence Against Women Is at ‘Alarmingly High Levels,’ U.N. Says

U.N. Women for Peace Association's International Women's Day celebration
Jemal Countess—Getty Images U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the U.N. Women for Peace Association's International Women's Day celebration in New York City on March 6, 2015

"Uneven progress" 20 years after the landmark Beijing conference on gender equality

Violence against women around the world “persists at alarmingly high levels in many forms,” according to a new U.N. report.

Presented by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, the U.N. Women report marks the 20th anniversary of a U.N. conference in Beijing on achieving gender equality around the world. But the report finds that so far, “uneven progress” has been “unacceptably slow with stagnation and even regress in some contexts.”

The reports findings include these:

  • A World Health Organization study found that 35% of women around the world have experienced either sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner, or sexual violence from a nonpartner.
  • In a study of 42,000 women in the European Union, only a third of victims of intimate-partner violence contacted authorities or sought out support services; of those who experienced violence from someone who wasn’t a partner, only one-fourth did so.
  • That same study also found that more than half of all the women surveyed experienced sexual harassment at least one time since turning 15; nearly a fifth had experienced it within a year of the survey.

The report highlighted that victim-blaming attitudes play a role. In one 2010 study of 15 European nations cited by the report, 52% of all respondents agreed that women’s behavior contributed to domestic violence; in one of those countries surveyed, 86% of respondents agreed with that statement.

The report also outlines a few steps countries can take to combat violence, including improving data collection about violence against, devoting more resources to support services and launching education and awareness campaigns both in public and within education systems.

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