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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
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy
Combating Online Piracy While Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet
By Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra, and Howard Schmidt -- The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy. In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget, Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator for National Security Staff stress that the important task of protecting intellectual property online must not threaten an open and innovative internet.
SOPA Bins DNS Blocking After White House Wades In
By Andrew Orlowski
MPAA Response to White House Position on Anti-Piracy Legislation
By Michael O'Leary -- We welcome the Administration's clear statement that legislation is needed to stop foreign based thieves from stealing the hard work and creativity of millions of American workers. For too long in this debate, those that seek to preserve and profit from the status quo have moved to obstruct reasonable legislation.
32 Music Companies Have Publicly Supported SOPA. And 2 Have Opposed It...
By Paul Resnikoff
Facebook Turns Users Into DJs, Launches Social Music Listening Feature
AFP Relax News – Facebook has launched a new service that encourages users to hang out with friends and listen to music online.
Piracy Much Higher Than Freeloaders Confess To, Ofcom Told
By Robert Andrews -- Illegal downloading of copyrighted content is up to twice as prevalent as perpetrators admit, according to research that will inform how Ofcom measures UK online piracy.
Is MySpace Really Dead? It Still Gets More Traffic Than Tumblr & Google+ [CHART]
By Bruce Houghton
5 Alternatives to Consider After Spotify's Free Music Cutoff
By Joann Pan
Lefsetz Letter -- if you're listening to "Tattoo" on fifty nine dollar speakers, or the ones that came free with your computer, YOUR OPINION DOESN'T COUNT!.
How the Web and Mobile Tech Are Changing How People Learn Music
By John Paul Titlow
Have an Earworm? There's an App for That
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Earworms. For some, these overly-catchy songs, or even just bits of them, are a serious problem, haunting us for hours or even days. They threaten our peace of mind, if not our very sanity. ... Luckily, a remedy exists...
iPhone Ringtone Brings New York Philharmonic to a Stop
By Eric Pfeiffer -- The New York Philharmonic came to a dramatic--but decidedly unscheduled--stop on Tuesday night when a spectator's cell phone started ringing and wouldn't stop.
My Favorite Chart of the Year, So Far
By Jason Oberholtzer -- Song Map, while lacking in a great name, certainly does not want for execution, offering a musical landscape in which I'm proud to say I get the majority of the references. If you can get them all without Googling, I would be wildly impressed.
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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