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Creators are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.
US Home to More than 5 Million IP-Related Jobs
By Sandra Aistars -- The creative community, including software, content and computing industries, accounted for 5.1 million U.S. jobs in 2010 according to a Commerce Department report released today...Industries that rely heavily on patents, trademarks and copyrights have a significant impact on the economy and have a ripple employment effect to other industries not directly focused on IP.
Copyright Office Proposes New Fee Schedule
By Susan Linda Ross and Alicia Morris Groos -- According to the U.S. Copyright Office's notice in the March 28, 2012 Federal Register, in 2011, the fees collected by the Copyright Office covered only 59.5% of its costs. Therefore, it has proposed a new fee schedule, which includes many higher fees...
CRB Section 115 Settlement Fact Sheet (.pdf)
By NMPA.org -- Details of the agreement between music publishers and songwriters, major record labels, digital music services and cellular phone companies setting mechanical royalty rates and standards thought 2017, including rates for a slate of new cutting-edge business models...
Facebook Timeline for Artists (When Platforms Forget Their Responsibilities)
By Mark Mulligan
170m People 'Upgrade' to Google+, but How Many Stick Around?
By Kelly Fiveash -- Major UI revamp leaves us with more questions than answers...
Justice Department Sues Apple, Publishers Over e-Book Prices
By Ylan Q. Mui and Hayley Tsukayama -- The Justice Department on Wednesday accused five of the nation's largest publishing houses and Apple of fixing prices on e-books, forcing consumers to pay tens of millions of dollars more for their favorite titles.
Cut in e-Book Pricing by Amazon Is Set to Shake Rivals
By David Streitfeld -- The government's decision to pursue major publishers on antitrust charges has put the Internet retailer Amazon in a powerful position: the nation's largest bookseller may now get to decide how much an e-book will cost, and the book world is quaking over the potential consequences.
Arbitron, Edison Report "Largest Year-Over-Year Jump" in Weekly Net Radio Usage They've Yet Seen
By Paul Maloney
Is FM Through With New?
By Sean Ross -- For nearly a decade now, the odds have been rigged against any potential new format FM radio built around new music.
Dust Off The Old CD Collection, Amazon Wants to Buy it
By Mike Flacy -- As more consumers transition from purchasing compact discs to downloading music off the Internet, Amazon has rolled out a way for consumers to ditch old music on physical media. Announced by Amazon earlier today, the Trade-In Program has been expanded to include compact discs.
What To Do When You Get Evicted from Your Virtual Homestead
By Michelle Maltais -- If you're like millions of people out there, you've spent time cultivating and curating your life online...But what happens when you essentially get evicted from your online home?
Count It All: The Actual, Hard Costs of Touring
By Richard Lee Jackson
VIDEO: 'Daily Show's' Jon Stewart on Instagram: 'Wow, That's Really Lame'
By Jessica Guynn
Talk Like An Opera Geek: How Verdi, Wagner and Puccini Got Their Grooves
By Tom Huizenga -- Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.
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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