CMU and ThreeWeeks publisher Chris Cooke delivers a free speech about… free speech
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WELCOME TO MY BLOG. First things first, find out about me, my company, my writing and my talking. Then read some stuff I wrote about music, media and PR, the law and words, or some updates on my various projects. And if you so wish, you can check me out on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Linked-In. Hurrah!

Double podcasts!

Double podcasts!

28 July 2015

So this, then, is a double podcast week. Because both the CMU Podcast and the TW Podcast are back at...

Some thoughts ahead of Music 4.5's Converting Freemium event

Some thoughts ahead of Music 4.5's Converting Freemium event

28 June 2015

So, this week I chaired a really interesting afternoon of talks and debate for Music 4.5 on the challenging topic...

Announcing my Free Speech... about free speech

Announcing my Free Speech... about free speech

30 May 2015

So happy birthday to me, though, as some of you may know, I’m not one for particularly celebrating birthdays in...

A most Great Escape

A most Great Escape

18 May 2015

And so that there was another Great Escape, and how great it was. A tenth anniversary with more bands than...

Some ponderings on music copyright for World Intellectual Property Day

Some ponderings on music copyright for World Intellectual Property Day

26 April 2015

Students from Middlesex University today took over Proud Camden to stage a series of gigs and events to mark World...

Chatting about the music business at Convergence

Chatting about the music business at Convergence

14 April 2015

Last month I chaired a great panel as part of the Convergence event in Shoreditch, where Mark Mulligan made a...

Great Escape incoming - the licensing strand

Great Escape incoming - the licensing strand

30 March 2015

All my Great Escape deadlines are now zooming into view, and last week we announced the line-up for another of...

The impact of digital and media on the news business

The impact of digital and media on the news business

22 March 2015

Last weekend I gave a speech at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh as part of a Model United Nations day...

Great Escape incoming - the marketing strand

Great Escape incoming - the marketing strand

6 March 2015

Hey, how the hell did it get to be Great Escape time all over again? Well, yes, TGE2015 is appearing...

Some old-time Bedlam thoughts

Some old-time Bedlam thoughts

11 February 2015

I help run the alumni association for those who spent some or possibly all of their Edinburgh University days in...

Music business trends in 2014 - best of CMU Premium

Music business trends in 2014 - best of CMU Premium

6 January 2015

At the start of the year I mentioned that we were launching a CMU premium option, our first paid-for content service...

Christmas wishes for the independent music sector

Christmas wishes for the independent music sector

19 December 2014

The guys at The Hub have put together a little pre-Christmas video asking various music industry people what gift the...

Setting up and running a small (media) business

Setting up and running a small (media) business

1 November 2014

Earlier this year I answered a list of questions about setting up and running a company for a website called...

Music rights in the news

Music rights in the news

10 October 2014

So, plenty of copyright fun to be had this week, with cover versions and soundalike rips offs both in the...

The Scottish referendum: It's all about uncertainty. And the constitution.

The Scottish referendum: It's all about uncertainty. And the constitution.

17 September 2014

By the time the final result is announced on Friday morning, I think we’ll have all endured two weeks of...

It's all in the stream: YouTube v the indies, and streaming in the charts

It's all in the stream: YouTube v the indies, and streaming in the charts

10 September 2014

Earlier this summer I did an interview with freelance journalist Teguh Wicaksono who was researching a piece on the state...

An end of the Fringe blog

An end of the Fringe blog

25 August 2014

OK, so how can it possibly be the end of the Edinburgh Fringe already? I’m pretty sure there were pledges...

How ThreeWeeks is different this year... and why

How ThreeWeeks is different this year... and why

9 August 2014

So, I’ve promised myself that I’ll blog a little from the Edinburgh Festival this August, because most years when one...

It's Un-Convention this weekend: Build a fanbase and take control of your destiny

It's Un-Convention this weekend: Build a fanbase and take control of your destiny

17 July 2014

So, I'm currently writing things in the pop mecca that is Holmes Chapel (well, it's the home of Harry Styles). Partly...

‘The right to be forgotten’ concerns me, but at least I can now pass the buck – “that’ll be Google’s problem”

‘The right to be forgotten’ concerns me, but at least I can now pass the buck – “that’ll be Google’s problem”

3 July 2014

The old PR mantra when you had a celebrity client in the process of being destroyed in the newspapers was...

Look! (No, actually listen!) We revamped our podcast!

Look! (No, actually listen!) We revamped our podcast!

27 June 2014

We first launched the CMU podcast way back in January 2011, mainly because Andy Malt and I fancied chatting about...

As YouTube takes on the labels, what's at stake?

As YouTube takes on the labels, what's at stake?

18 June 2014

So, it seems that YouTube is preparing to call the collective bluff of the world's independent record labels and will...

The CMU podcast is coming back - and this time live!

The CMU podcast is coming back - and this time live!

10 June 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, members of the jury, you at the back, the hard working peoples of the...

Why can't the PR business agree on a name?

Why can't the PR business agree on a name?

3 June 2014

So, a brand new intake of Taylor Bennett Foundation trainees joined us last week, and I've been busy going through...

My ten tips for early-career artists

My ten tips for early-career artists

27 May 2014

One very last Great Escape related post, before I clear the decks to waffle at length about the impending Edinburgh...

Getting some Tru Thoughts from Rob Luis

Getting some Tru Thoughts from Rob Luis

20 May 2014

I'm still recovering from all that Great Escape madness, and digesting all the insights shared by the long line of...

What a weekend! My Great Escape keynotes

What a weekend! My Great Escape keynotes

13 May 2014

So that, then, was The Great Escape 2014. Wow. So brilliant, but oh so tiring! And so much time spent...

See you in Brighton?

See you in Brighton?

6 May 2014

So the aforementioned Great Escape is now very close indeed - making this the third busiest week of my year (after...

A Great Escape? Bring it on!

A Great Escape? Bring it on!

29 April 2014

So The Great Escape is now very much on the horizon, Europe's leading festival for new music and the UK's...

MusicTank on 'The Artist Economics Of Streaming'

MusicTank on 'The Artist Economics Of Streaming'

22 April 2014

MusicTank panel events are usually excellent, but the recent one tackling the topic of streaming royalties, and especially what monies...

From Napster to now: More MegaUpload developments

From Napster to now: More MegaUpload developments

15 April 2014

There are some news stories that I reckon I've written on more than pretty much any other journalist, and most...

The eight dimensions of social media for business

The eight dimensions of social media for business

8 April 2014

If there's one thing trainees on our Taylor Bennett Foundation programmes quickly discover, it's that a lot of people in PR talk...

More cultural diplomacy please: My weekend in Tallinn

More cultural diplomacy please: My weekend in Tallinn

1 April 2014

So, I was in Estonia this weekend just gone for Tallinn Music Week, a fantastic event which is basically The Great...

On Stuff: The Hash Symbol

On Stuff: The Hash Symbol

25 March 2014

It's interesting, is it not, that the 'hash-tag' - or #hashtag perhaps - is so named? Given that the term,...

Please don't send me PDF press releases, thank you

Please don't send me PDF press releases, thank you

18 March 2014

One last press-release-themed post (after this one and this one), and if you follow me on Twitter there's a high...

Can you make your 'notes to editors' like Wikipedia please?

Can you make your 'notes to editors' like Wikipedia please?

11 March 2014

So, while covering all sorts of press release gubbins with the latest trainees on the Taylor Bennett Foundation programme in the last...

Ten tips on writing the perfect press release

Ten tips on writing the perfect press release

4 March 2014

So I've been covering press release writing with the latest batch of  Taylor Bennett Foundation trainees in recent weeks, which has...

If skepticism is good, why are conspiracy theories

If skepticism is good, why are conspiracy theories "bullshit"?

25 February 2014

I've been watching an awful lot of 'Penn & Teller: Bullshit' this last couple of months, having discovered pretty much...

All hail the (good) cover version (plus eleven great covers)

All hail the (good) cover version (plus eleven great covers)

18 February 2014

It was the first ever Fly Awards earlier this month, marking the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of the free...

Ten career tips for aspiring media types

Ten career tips for aspiring media types

11 February 2014

I am taking part in a panel at the London School Of Economics tonight on careers in the media. I...

One Direction may be the most successful recording artists of 2013, but the Love Hearts are more interesting

One Direction may be the most successful recording artists of 2013, but the Love Hearts are more interesting

4 February 2014

I'm never sure what amazes me more, the endless product extensions that have been secured by the One Direction machine,...

That time they tried to shut down Six

That time they tried to shut down Six

28 January 2014

Below is a post I originally made to my very old blog back in February 2010, which I promised the marvellous Nick...

On Stuff: Phonology

On Stuff: Phonology

21 January 2014

So, Phonetics is the study of speech sounds. Yes, there are people out there who have dedicated their entire lives...

Why we launched the CMU Digest service

Why we launched the CMU Digest service

14 January 2014

Earlier this month we launched a new premium service at CMU, called CMU Digest, the first time since 2002 that...

  • Double podcasts!
  • Some thoughts ahead of Music 4.5’s Converting Freemium event
  • Announcing my Free Speech… about free speech
  • A most Great Escape
  • Some ponderings on music copyright for World Intellectual Property Day