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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
The Role of the Record Producer and Why We Need PROTECT IP/Stop Online Piracy Act
By Luke Ebbin -- According to industry sources, 95% of all music downloaded in 2010 was unlicensed and illegal, so the potential of any significant royalties is tenuous at best. Statistics like this hardly provide incentive for the producer to give his time and efforts to this unproven act since there is little potential for back end payment. This doesn't bode well for artist development, which ultimately affects the quality of music flowing into the marketplace.
Vint Cerf: 'The Internet Is Not a Human Right'
By Iain Thomson -- 'Get real,' says Vint Cerf. "Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself," he writes. "There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right...it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives...It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things."
Can We Really Unplug From The Web? The Illusion of Internet Freedom
By Katie Roiphe -- How many people made New Year's resolutions to spend less time on the Internet? Yet another friend recently recommended that I try Freedom, the popular program that "locks" you off the Internet.
Joshua Johnson's KQED Forum on Rogue Sites
By Chris Castle -- I listened to an hour long discussion of the rogue sites legislation hosted by KQED's Joshua Johnson today and had a few points that were not addressed directly or at all during the discussion among the host, Fred Von Lohman, a Google employee and Rick Cotton of NBC-Universal, with Ellen Seidler and Rep. Darryl Issa joining briefly. Here are some points that either came up and weren't fully addressed or in my view should have come up but didn't.
Study Finds Piracy Withering Against Legal Alternatives
By Iain Thomson -- A study has found that people are perfectly prepared to pay for online content, provided that the alternatives aren't too harsh. ... "There is ethics at work in these decisions," Joe Karaganis, vice president of the American Assembly told The Register. "However, it's overridden by price and convenience. All other things being equal, people prefer to obey the law."
U.S. Music Sales Gain as Adele Spurs Downloads
By Andy Fixmer
Indie Labels Just 12% of 2011 U.S. Sales. Here's How The Major Labels Divided The Rest
By Bruce Houghton
eMarketer: 2012 Will Be A Big Year For Streaming Music
By Jennifer Lane -- Cloud based streaming of music will be a key digital trend this year, according to a report by eMarketer. Rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets and other connected devices has shifted consumer expectations for consumption to be seamless across all of their connected platforms.
Pandora Willing To Become A Spotify App: CoFounder Tim Westergren
By Austin Carr -- "It's an interesting thing to consider," Westergren tells Fast Company. "The wild card here is music licensing." But legalities aside, his openness to collaboration speaks volumes about the future of music streaming services.
Why Amazon Is the Next Top Tech Company
By Tim Fernholz -- Whether or not Steve Jobs' passing means the end of Apple is a question only time can answer. The near-term stakes are very high for all four of the big tech companies-the other three being Google, Facebook, and Amazon...and we're taking a bet on Amazon
New Music Gadgets Provide Tech Edge
Variety Tribune Media Services -- From the Walkman to the iPod, consumer electronics companies know that people want access to their music wherever they go. But consumers aren't the only focus of music-centric gadget makers. Musicians increasingly are looking for a technical edge to make them stand apart from the crowd.
VIDEO: Mogees Project Turns Any Surface Into a Gestural Musical Interface
By Olivia Solon -- Mogees is a project that uses microphones to turn any surface into an interactive board, which associates different gestures with different sounds. This means that desktop drummers could transform their finger taps and hand slaps into the sound of a marimba or xylophone.
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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