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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.
When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
How "Digital Parasites" Have Hurt Songwriters and What Songwriters Can Do To Fight Back
By Erik Philbrook -- Longtime Rolling Stone contributor Robert Levine tackles head-on the subject of digital piracy and how tech giants such as Apple and Google are booming while the creators of content keep getting hurt. He argues forcefully for stronger copyright protection and offers ways to reach that goal.
Musicians Earn What????
By Sherrill Fulghum -- Currently most of the music purchased in the United States comes from digital downloads. The Daily Swarm has released some startling statistics on just what it takes for a musician to make a living in the music business.
The Success of Louis C.K. is Not a Joke on Anyone
By Chris Castle -- A case study in American comic Louis C.K.who decided to produce and distribute his latest concert himself, going direct to fans and cutting out the middlemen.
Music Pages Reign On Facebook, But Are Big Numbers Enough?
By Hisham Dahud -- It's clear by now that music is huge on Facebook. So huge in fact, that 7 of the 10 most liked pages on Facebook belong to musicians, averaging 43 million likes. Additionally, the top 250 artists on Facebook have a total of 2 billion likes, and the most "liked" artist on Facebook (Rihanna with 47.7 million) has more likes than the top five athletes combined.
Artists Say Facebook Likes Are Three Times More Valuable Than Email Signups...
By Paul Resnikoff
Rdio Beats Spotify at Having Music You Actually Like, Says Study
By John Paul Titlow -- In the fast-changing digital music streaming space, it's hard to know which service is best for you. Spotify gets the most hype, but lots of people love Rdio, which has solid backing and a huge library of music.
RIAA 'Report Card' Gives Google Low Marks For Anti-Piracy Efforts
By Timothy B Lee -- A year ago, Google announced a new initiative to combat illicit file-sharing on its various websites. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has marked the one-year anniversary of that announcement with a new "report card" faulting Google for what the RIAA considers the search giant's slow progress.
The Politics of European Online Music Rights
By Giuseppe Mazziotti -- Boosting the music business in the Internet age has proven to be a tough proposition. In Europe the situation is more complex than the U.S. since the European Union (E.U.) does not have a single copyright system and the enforcement and management of exclusive rights in musical compositions, music performances and sound recordings still takes place mostly on a country-by-country basis–despite the international reach of the Internet.
U.K. Music Industry Calls Gov't Copyright Law Reform Plan 'Unrealistic,' 'Overstated'
By Juliana Koranteng -- The U.K. music industry has lambasted the government for unrealistic expectations in its copyright reform proposals, published Dec. 14, to boost the national creative businesses in the digital age by relaxing certain provisions in the copyright law next year.
Spain Puts Teeth in Anti-Piracy Law
By John Hopewell -- After years of delay, Spain is finally enforcing a long-mooted anti-piracy law. The first move by any Spanish government to crack down on piracy, the new law authorizes Spanish courts to order Internet service providers to shutter or block file-sharing sites that facilitate unauthorized movie and music downloads for profit.
IRELAND: Government to Close File Sharing Loophole in Copyright Law
TechLife -- Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has said government has plans to tackle ambiguities in copyright law to make ISPs more accountable for traffic on their networks. The move marks an important step in protecting rights holders and modernizing Irish copyright law.
Pink Floyd Manager Peter Jenner on Digital Music Formats
By Ian Delaney -- Are you happy with the music on your mobile? Music industry legend Jenner thinks we've got a long way to go yet.
From Netflix to iTunes: What to Expect in 2012
By Greg Sandoval -- The best stories in digital media are ending the year with some compelling cliffhangers.
What Publicists Need From Musicians
By Anne Leighton -- Your publicist interfaces with you: the media, other world and industry tastemakers, or gatekeepers to get you more known in your career.
AirVinyl iPad App Brings Vinyl Sound to Digital Music
By Andrew Laughlin -- Music fans who long for the distinct sound of vinyl records can now listen to their digital songs complete with the "warmth of analogue harmonics" on the iPad.
The 20 Unhappiest People You Meet In The Comments Sections Of Year-End Lists
By Linda Holmes
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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