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-- Last night, CBS gave content creators a major public relations lift. Television show "60 Minutes" had a feature on movie piracy which linked Hollywood's piracy problem to organized crime (in the U.S.) and even drug cartels (in Mexico). "They want to diversify," said one government official. France's "three strikes" law got a mention. Steven Soderbergh pointed out "nobody is crying for us," meaning wealthy moviemakers. A few people called for technological and legislative solutions to the problem. Just hearing Leslie Stahl enunciate "BitTorrent" is reason enough to watch this. But the real value in the feature is the PR coup it represented for the movie industry and - because they are all in the same boat - content creators in general. "60 Minutes" is mainstream America. Last night was probably the first time many Americans received such detailed information on digital piracy. And they got a very sympathetic portrayal in which no opposing opinions were presented. (60 Minutes)

-- The Ambassador Theatre Group is finalizing a deal with almost £100 ($164 million) to acquire most of Live Nation's theater assets in Britain. (Times Online)

-- Illegal downloaders in the U.K. spend more money on music than other groups of consumers, according to a new study commissioned by think-tank Demos and conducted by Ipsos Mori. This and other findings of the study are being interpreted in a few different ways in the British media. Some people see this report as an indication the music industry has failed to offer consumers a viable alternative to file sharing. Because many consumers both buy music legally and use P2P, the thinking goes, record labels need to legalize P2P to improve their wallet share. That's a bit of a leap of faith. File sharers are already buying music. So there are two unanswered questions: How much would they buy in the absence of P2P, and why do they sometimes buy music and sometimes acquire it illegally? The big takeaway from this study is that heavy buyers are the most likely group to be snared by tough anti-piracy regulations in U.K. A music buyer with a suspended Internet connection won't be able to buy music online. So, in effect, content creators who demand tough punishment for digital piracy may end up harming their sales. (The Independent)

-- AEG is reportedly looking at new ticketing partners to replace its relationship with Ticketmaster, Veritix Inc., and others. The company's contract with Ticketmaster is said to expire in July 2012 but carries an escape clause that would be triggered by a Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. (Bloomberg)

-- Lala's partnership with Google will eventually have two very interesting wrinkles. First, artists will be able to use Lala's platform to make sure certain content shows up in Google search results. Second, Lala will sell vinyl records. A vinyl purchase would immediately put the album's digital tracks in the user's Lala collection. (Digital Noise)

-- Live Nation will release its Q3 2009 financial performance on Monday, November 9 and will hold an earnings call at 5:30pm ET that day. (Press release)

-- In a post last week about Google's new music partnerships for search results, Billboard mistakenly referred to a rumored Microsoft acquisition of Seeqpod assets as a done deal. That deal did not happen.

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