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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
"A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People"
By Chris Castle -- Cass Sunstein of the Obama administration is clearly trying to establish best practices for the U.S. government to benefit from the good of using the Internet to further legitimate policy making goals while avoiding the bad. Avoiding the bad includes a prohibition on basing policy decisions on the use of information that is or could be gamed in the formation of public policy by "a dedicated group of like-minded people." [SOPA and PIPA anyone?]
In Plain English: A Quick Guide to DMCA Takedown Notices
By William Ruiz -- At the Copyright Alliance, we regularly hear from artists and creators that find their work being used without their permission on various websites, but are unsure of how to deal with it and/or may not have access to legal counsel. To that end, we have created two resources designed to educate and assist creators to navigate the DMCA process.
Arrests Sow Mistrust Inside a Clan of Hackers
By Somini Sengupta -- Law enforcement officials worldwide are coordinating efforts against Anonymous.
How Apple, Google, Amazon, and Sony Will Keep the Music Industry Growing
By Anthony John Agnello
New Google Play Combines App, Music and Books
By Edward C. Baig -- Google is unifying its digital entertainment offerings into a single cloud-based destination called Google Play. At play.google.com, you'll be able to store all the music, movies, books and apps you've previously bought through what had been separate Google stores, or visit the site to fetch new content. Google Play will be available on the Web and on Android smartphones and tablets.
Bill Gates Company Launches Online Music Service
By MyBroadband -- Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates' privately held Corbis, which provides photos and film video for advertisers, is expanding further into entertainment by launching an online music service with songs from the four largest publishers. The GreenLight Music service went live on Wednesday, with more than 1 million tracks from catalogs controlled by Warner Music, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music and Sony ATV.
Experts Weigh In On What Facebook Premium Means For Users, Advertisers
By Dave Copeland -- The premium advertising platform Facebook launched last week, which includes an increased emphasis on mobile, is getting mixed reviews from industry professionals.
Berlin Court Rules Facebook Violates User Rights
By Monika Ermert -- The District Court of Berlin, Germany, yesterday ruled that user rights were violated by several parts of social media site Facebook's general terms and conditions and by its "friendfinder" feature. With regard to copyright law, the automatic worldwide exploitation right granted by users clicking off the terms and conditions was invalid, the court ruled.
Two Men Accused of Stealing Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs
By WSJ Staff
5 Critical Things To Add To Your Monthly Newsletter
By Ariel Hyatt
Imogen Heap Surveys Her Connection With Fans
By Clyde Smith -- Imogen Heap's use of collaborative and crowdsourced approaches as an element in her music makes her a unique figure in popular music. So when she decided to survey her fans it's not surprising that she focused on their relationship to her music rather than on information that might aid her in identifying appropriate merch to release or sponsorships to seek.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Composer Dies, 86
By Ethan Bilby -- Disney songwriter Robert Sherman, part of a team with brother Richard responsible for numerous film scores and children's songs, died in London on Monday aged 86. He composed the popular tune featured in Disney theme parks, "It's a Small World (After All)," as well as the score to "Mary Poppins," featuring songs such as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
March 8, 1955: The Mother of All Operating Systems
By Priya Ganapati -- Six years in the making, MIT's Whirlwind computer was the first digital computer that could display real-time text and graphics on a video terminal, which was then just a large oscilloscope screen. Whirlwind used 4,500 vacuum tubes to process data. The Whirlwind occupied 3,300 square feet and was the fastest digital computer of its time.
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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