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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.
Creators are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.
Was Hollywood Built on Piracy?
By Terry Hart -- Was Hollywood built on piracy? That's what some seem to suggest. Lawrence Lessig's version of this story from his 2004 book Free Culture is archetypical...This little bit of historical revisionism has popped up regularly since then...The purpose of this spin on the facts seems to be to show some kind of hypocrisy on the part of movie studios. The evidence, though, doesn't support the claims.
Musicians POV: Jaron Lanier - You Are Not A Gadget [video]
By The Trichordist -- Please enjoy this short and insightful 5 minute video with Jaron Lanier talking about the failure of Web 2.0 and how it has not created a new middle class of creative professionals, as promised or predicted. His book, "You Are Not A Gadget" is essential reading.
Happy Fair Use Day!
By Sandra Aistars -- While the rest of the IP community celebrated World IP Day as declared by the World Intellectual Property Organization last week, [anti-creator crusaders] Public Knowledge and Google have for the last several years celebrated a separate Fair Use Day (FUD). This is too bad for several reasons...
You Are Not Selling Music
By David Hooper -- What people buy and what they say they buy are, almost always, two different things...nobody simply buys music. Most of the time, they are purchasing the feeling they get while listening to that music.
Digital Thrills The Radio Star
By Patrick Reynolds -- For the better part of a century it was radio that broke bands, started conversations, shaped what was cool and was a go-to medium for advertisers...Fast-forward 30 years and you'll find the "Radio Star" alive and kicking - different in many important ways, but very much alive.
How Loopers Have Revolutionized Solo Music Artists
By Chad Kamer -- Andrew Bird is a very talented man. Part of his talent is his ability to play several instruments...Loopers allow artists like Mr. Bird to record a sample of music, overdub that sample, and loop the outcome continuously, which allows him to pick up a new instrument and perform over the loop playing in the background. [Includes video.]
Introducing Every Winner from Music Hack Day Sydney
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Yes, it's true: I flew about 25 hours each way from New York to attend Music Hack Day Sydney last weekend, and have written up just about every app and hack to emerge from it over the course of the week.
Facebook By The (AMAZING) Numbers
By Bruce Houghton
Facebook Breaks Up With Grooveshark
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Facebook - the partner of just about every licensed competitor of Grooveshark - which is getting its ducks in a row to go public with an IPO soon, might have finally drawn a line in the sand where Grooveshark is concerned. Not only have Grooveshark's official page and app been deleted from Facebook, but it is no longer possible to "scrobble" what you're playing on Grooveshark to your Facebook Timeline, or log in to Grooveshark.com using your Facebook identity.
Concert Awareness Is Booming. So Why Is Attendance Declining?
By Paul Resnikoff
Five Things All Companies Can Learn from Kickstarter (and Amanda Palmer)
By Chris Perry
Kickstarter of Doom: Hoax Site ‘Funds' Torture Bus, Death Drones
By Spencer Ackerman -- A group of New York University grad students has set up the wartime version of Kickstarter, where random people can bankroll new weapons and new paramilitary missions...The site, Kickstriker, is an obvious hoax - one meant to get you thinking about how a world of crowdfunded warfare might not be so far away...
Remembering the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, an Icon of Remix Culture
By Peter Rubin -- In losing Adam Yauch - the musician and lyricist known to most as MCA - music has lost an icon, yes. But beyond that, for those who love what's become known as "remix culture," a musical movement is now minus one of its founding fathers.
Sound From Paper: Researchers Create Printed Loudspeakers
By Jennifer Hicks -- The world of printable electronics just keeps getting better. Several weeks ago it was the plastic solar cell and now this. Researchers at the Institute for Print and Media Technology of Chemnitz University of Technology (pmTUC) in Dusseldorf, created loudspeakers they printed on standard paper...
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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