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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
ASCAP Reports Increased Revenues in 2011
Press Release -- ASCAP announced strong revenues of $985 million for calendar year 2011, the second highest revenues in the organization’s history, and an increase of 5.4% over 2010. CEO John LoFrumento also announced a dynamic new leadership structure.
Rehabilitating Locke: The Labor Justification of Copyright
By Terry Hart -- Enlightenment philosopher John Locke's justification of copyright stems from the right of an individual to control the fruits of his labor...But, Locke's justification has been "relegated to the dustbin" of history not because it is faulty, but because it has been misunderstood.
How Technology Changes Our Relationships
By Alicia Eler -- Ah, the Internet. We love the immediate answers, the idea of relying on Google as one aspect of our "external brain." We crave instant gratification. We make important decisions (such as impulse buys) without a second thought. We are turning into Internet speed fiends, and we are doing it alone.
Report: LulzSec Leader Was Snitch Who Helped Snag Fellow Hackers
By Kim Zetter
VIDEO: Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload
By Eriq Gardner -- 23-minute video interview goes into some detail about his response to copyright allegations...
Facebook Looks for More Credit with the Banks
By Brid-Aine Parnell -- Facebook is planning to add a few extra bucks to its $2.5bn credit line to help cover the major tax bill for employee stocks when it goes public.
Pandora Shares Clobbered in Morning Trading
By Greg Sandoval -- The Web radio service is hugely popular but is also deep in the red. A day after company earnings disappointed Wall Street, investors are fleeing.
What 'Mastered For iTunes' Really Means
By Jacob Ganz -- Among many, the hope, for the duration of the MP3 era, has been that quality would steadily improve in tandem with bandwidth and storage capabilities. For a decade, we were on a road to a musical utopia: great-sounding audio files that we could send from one place to another with ease. The basic goal of the "Mastered for iTunes" store essentially cuts that ideal off at the knees...
How to Delete Your Google Search and Browsing History
No More Innovation for the Fun of It
By Nick Bilton -- As companies in the Internet industry have grown, they have adopted win-at-any-cost mentalities.
3 Steps for Standing Out To Music Journalists
By Wes Davenport
Music Discovery Riches: Boiling Frogs, Self-Destructing Sites & Album Cover Musaics
By Clyde Smith -- Music discovery comes in many forms and this selection runs the gamut from Boil the Frog's mind boiling playlist approach to NewMusic Ten's anti-iTunes monthly selection that will soon disappear. If that doesn't inspire you to discover new discovery tools, perhaps famous organizations such as MTV and NPR will draw you in? No?
7 Ways to Save Money When Attending a Music Conference
[And where better to apply the above money saving tips...]
ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO -- First Round of Featured Panelists for 7th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Announced: Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine), Desmond Child, Darrell Brown, Mark Isham, Allen Shamblin, Dan Wilson to Lead Three-Day Event's Eclectic Programming (Discount pricing in effect until March 31st.)
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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