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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
What ‘Ownership' Means for Digital Media (Hint: Not Much)
By Graeme McMillan -- Here's a question: When you buy digital media, what are you actually getting for your money? Actual ownership over a copy of the media - a la analog media purchases - or just permission to watch/read/listen to something whenever you want? That's the question at the heart of a lawsuit about digital music files, but is it a question that everyone already knows the answer to?
MegaUpload and the End of a Pirate Cottage Industry
By Janko Roettgers -- One of the key accusations against MegaUpload is that the site knowingly paid users who uploaded infringing content. MegaUpload did pioneer affiliate programs for cloud hosters, and others quickly copied the strategy, leading to a pirate cottage industry. But these days are now over.
Internet to Artists: Drop Dead
By Sandra Aistars -- The Wall Street Journal opinion page featured an oped by economist Stan Liebowitz. In it he refutes the oft-cited claim that some how piracy promotes sales and stresses that maintaining the status quo would continue to put content industries at risk while enabling for-profit pirates.
Facebook Ad Revenues Hit $3.8 Billion In 2011
By Alicia Eler
Apple Earnings: $97.6 Billion in the Bank, and Other Highlights
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Facebook Starts Converting All Profiles to Timeline
By Colleen Taylor
Google Announces Privacy Changes Across Products; Users Can't Opt Out
By Cecilia Kang -- Google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the Web. The Web giant announced Tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including YouTube, Gmail and its leading search engine. [Thanks to Earl Rose for the link.]
VIDEO: iPad Rock Prodigy, Like Guitar Hero With Real Guitars
By Charlie Sorrel -- Wouldn't it be great if learning a musical instrument was as fun and addictive as playing a video game or dickering around with your phone? Now it is, thanks to Rock Prodigy, an app that teaches you to play guitar. It's like Guitar Hero, but with real guitars.
Hal Leonard and Pervasent Team to Reinvent Sheet Music on the iPad
San Francisco Chronicle -- Hal Leonard teamed with Pervasent, developer of the award-winning Zinio and Chipotle apps, to build the "Sheet Music Direct for iPad" app. Once loaded, the app automatically syncs users' digital sheet music to their iPad...
5 More Apps for Making Music Without Really Trying
By Andy Cush
A Musician's Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals For 2012
By Ariel Hyatt
Bizarre, Yet Incredibly Popular iOS Game Pits Frederic Chopin Against Rastas and Leprechauns
By Connor McKnight -- Plenty of apps have applied the Guitar Hero/Rock Band concept to the touchscreen, but we have a hard time getting excited for those. However,
the Frederic - Resurrection of Music app, with its over-the-top premise, reinvigorates what was fast becoming a tired genre in gaming.
Chicago Celebrates Music History in Revived Zone
By Mark Guarino -- Music that went silent nearly 40 years ago on an historic stretch of Chicago's celebrated Michigan Avenue is poised to return, thanks to an unlikely mix of rock stars, politicians and real estate developers. ... "This historic location gave birth to all this wonderful music that we listen to today. Chicago is astounding for playing a role in all that history."
Furious Freetards Blitz the Wrong SOPA
By Andrew Orlowski -- Angry copyfighters barraged a small Scottish food certification agency with abuse last week - in the belief they were protesting against hated US anti-piracy legislation. [Thanks to Ben Sheffner for the link.]
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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