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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 Much Is Music Worth? -- Robert Levine Interviewed by Ben Watt
By Ben Watt -- Is recorded music really worth peanuts? Is this the same for any creative work that can be digitally copied? Should anyone be allowed to pass it around and make any money they can from it without asking permission? Who benefits? Is Google music's brave liberator or its partial parasite in all of this?
Music Sales Fall Again in 2011, But Optimism Grows
By Mike Collett-White -- Digital music revenues rose eight percent in 2011 to $5.2 billion, but it was not enough to prevent another annual decline in the overall market to $16.2 billion from $16.7 billion in 2010. Figures released on Monday by record industry body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) confirmed expectations that a downward trend which began in the late 1990s continued last year.
'The Music Format Bill Of Rights: A Manifesto for the Next Generation of Music Products'
By Mark Mulligan -- The music industry is in dire need of a genuine successor to the CD, and the download is not it. The current debates over access versus ownership and of streaming services hurting download sales ring true because a stream is a decent like-for-like replacement for a download. The premium product needs to be much more than a mere download. It needs dramatically reinventing for the digital age, built around four fundamental and inalienable principles...
Digital Lockers a Growing Piracy Concern
By Joseph Menn -- Digital storage services like Megaupload, which was accused of criminal copyright violations on Thursday, play a small but growing role in a broader piracy problem that continues to evolve and dog the entertainment industry.
Two More Arrested in Europe Over Megaupload Case
By Gyles Beckford
FileSonic Has Disabled File Sharing in Wake of Megaupload Takedown
By Ryan Paul -- Some filesharing sites are reining in their services in the aftermath of the recent high-profile shutdown of Megaupload. FileSonic has disabled all file sharing functionality on its website, restricting access so that users may only download their own files.
The Real Reason Why SOPA Didn't Pass: Marketing
By Simon Tam -- SOPA and PIPA had great intentions (even praised by their strongest opponents) to deter piracy but their problem had to do with messaging. Both bills had been making steady progress for months with bi-partisan support and hardly any opposition. However, during the last several weeks, things exploded online when major Internet companies such as Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook got involved. A lot of things were said about the bill that weren't true...but by then, it didn't matter. People were buying the new story: SOPA and PIPA would "break the Internet" This is what they did wrong from a marketing perspective...
Crowdsourcing the Congress
By Michael Hais and Morley Winograd -- The debate over legislation to stop online piracy revealed not only the threat that a new generation of consumers presents to the entertainment industry's traditional business model, but the equally shaky future of the way Congress currently conducts its business. The Internet-based companies that Hollywood most fears used their clout with young Millennials, to stop a rush to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and its Senate twin, Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)...
YouTube Hits 4 Billion Daily Video Views
By Alexei Oreskovic
Starving the Artist is FREE Forever. Download the Free E-Book.
By William F. Aicher -- My book, Starving the Artist: How the Internet Culture of 'Free' Threatens to Exterminate the Creative Class and What Can Be Done to Save It is, from this point forward, free FOREVER as a PDF download. Yes, it sounds ironic - but if you read the book you'll understand the point here. I wrote Starving the Artist. It is mine. I alone have the right to determine how much it should cost...
Larry Butler, Grammy-Winning Producer, Dies at 69
By Peter Cooper -- Larry Butler, the only person in Nashville history to win an all-Genre producer of the year Grammy, died of natural causes Friday morning at his home in Pensacola, Fla. He was 69.
VIDEO: Girl, 8, Becomes YouTube Hit After Her Rock Video Goes Viral
By Kesavan Unnikrishnan
VIDEO: This Musician's Response To A Cell Phone Interruption Is Brilliant
By Sanya Khetani
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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