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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
Study: Is The Internet Officially A Basic Utility Now?
By Drew Bowling -- Americans probably can't unplug themselves these days.
Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption
By Andrew Hamp -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most exciting technological developments related to music are currently focused on software applications for consumer electronics, rather than the actual hardware itself.
Digital Licensing Hot Issues - Midem Exclusive White Paper
By Jeff Liebenso -- Digital exploitation has evolved significantly as cloud-based services and new business models emerge. As the digital market diversifies and matures, and as digital initiatives become a means to legitimize markets that previously were virtually unmonetizable, digital licensing models become increasingly important. Here are some key digital licensing issues that bear watching in 2012, and beyond...
Big Question (Answered): "What Does It Mean To Be 'Famous' on Social Media?"
By Robyn Tippins -- Social media is no longer the uncharted territory it once was, but it is still not impossible to catch the eyes of the masses and become an overnight sensation on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Google+. We asked and culled your responses from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and presented them back to you with Storify.
Is Internet Radio A Substitute For Radio?
By Glenn Peoples -- Streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify are "not radio substitutes any more than your Walkman, CD collection or iPod ever was," Lew Dickey, CEO, president and chairman of Cumulus Media, tells AdWeek. Instead, Dickey believes they are threats to CDs and downloads but not free local radio.
YouTube, Labels Close to Renewing Licenses
By Greg Sandoval
To: Independent Music Publishers
NMPA/HFA/ YouTube Licensing Offer
The National Music Publishers' Association ("NMPA"), The Harry Fox Agency ("HFA") and YouTube are excited to offer to all independent music publishers (regardless of affiliation with NMPA or HFA) and to non-U.S. mechanical collection societies that have entered into reciprocal agreements with HFA, the opportunity to opt into a direct license agreement with YouTube ...
Flog Secondhand MP3s at Your Peril - Law Guru
By Out-law.com -- Opinion Redigi, an American startup company, has found itself in trouble for selling legally downloaded digital music tracks secondhand. Last week it was on the receiving end of a copyright infringement suit in the US.
Bittorrent Judgment Is $20,000
By Jay McDaniel
5 Digital Publishing App Trends to Watch in 2012
By Erik Loehfelm -- Digital publishing grew tremendously in 2011. With the unveiling of new technologies such as the iPad 2, the iPhone 4S and Amazon's Kindle Fire, we've dramatically changed the way companies will disseminate information for years to come.
[Wonder if this place features Glenn Miller records?]
As Vinyl Records Get Back in the Groove, Kalamazoo Record Stores See Sales Climb
Yvonne Zipp -- Barry from Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" would rejoice: Sales of vinyl records jumped to 3.9 million in 2011, up from 2.8 million in 2010, according to figures released by Billboard.com. And that 39 percent increase came on top of a 14 percent increase the year before that made vinyl, once left for dead, the fastest-growing segment of the music market.
Getting Your Music Licensed: A Q&A with Sarah Gavigan
By Riley Schilling Moore -- Sarah Gavigan is a music licensing consultant who has placed thousands of indie and unsigned artists to television commercials over the course of her 20-year career. She has also worked as a talent agent, and taught music licensing at UCLA. Gavigan currently leads interactive music licensing workshops through her online educational community GetYourMusicLicensed.com. We caught up with her in Nashville recently.
Ion Audio Ups the Ante with iPad Learning Keyboard, Piano Apprentice
By Eliot Van Buskirk
Dating a Geek? Take This Compatibility Quiz
By David Strom
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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