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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: Fight For Your Right to Make The World A Better Place!
Music Biz: The Man Is Still the Man, Man
By Andrew Orlowski -- ...please spare half an hour to read what I think might be the best analysis of the music business I've read this year - or, I think, any year. It's a quite magnificent, panoramic view of the landscape with a very provocative conclusion. [I've posted links to this amazing article by David Lowery before. If you haven't read it - and you're serious about being in the music business - you must read it...then get involved in protecting and asserting your rights! DK].
Google's "Transparency" Masquerade
By Ethical Fan -- There are many stories coming out about Google providing information about the quantity of DMCA take-down requests to which they respond...The picture being painted by the anti-copyright press is that Google is doing their part to help copyright owners. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Close to Half of the World's Population Will Use the Web in 2016: Cisco
By AFP Relax News -- By then the number of devices and connections will have almost doubled and the internet will be four times bigger.
Amazing Media: Poised to Lead The Next British Music Invasion
By Paul Sloan -- Unless you're really into new music, or live in the U.K...you've probably never heard of Amazing Media. But the way Campbell is going, that's soon likely to change...
Sony Music Next On The Auction Block?
By Wayne Rosso -- Just when you thought that the summer doldrums were upon us, rumblings emanating from Asia-Pacific say that the recorded music division of Sony Music is the next major record label to be put up for sale.
Judge Gives OK to Authors, Photographers to Sue Google Over Book Scanning
By Jeff John Roberts
French Court: YouTube Has Done 'Enough' to Avoid Copyright Liability
By Out-Law.com -- "[Google] is not responsible in principle for the video content on its site; only the users of the site are," the French court said, according to the Reuters report. "It has no obligation to police the content before it is put online as long as it informs users that posting television shows, music videos, concerts or advertisements without prior consent of the owner is not allowed."
Google Product Search Results Get a Commercial Bias
By Jennifer Van Grove -- Google announced today that it would be trading out its former product search feature for product listing ads in a wholly commercial initiative called Google Shopping. Under the new model, merchants and retailers will have to pay to feature their products in front of Google searchers.
On Facebook, ‘Likes' Become Ads
By Somini Sengupta
Do People Like Being Featured in Facebook Ads?
By The New York Times
Meet Xbox Music: 30 Million Tracks Accessible on Every Microsoft Device
By Alex Wilhelm -- Microsoft announced Xbox Music, the successor to Zune, and the company's music product that will be available on the Xbox 360, Windows 8 machines, and of course Windows Phone. The service will feature some 30 million available tracks.
Nine Supercharged iOS Players to Power Up Your Music Collection
By Aarti Kelapure -- Music fans who were reluctant to replace boomboxes, turntables, and shelves of physical media with digital music players and spreadsheet-like displays of their music collection have plenty of new reasons to change their minds and get onboard...
The Top 10 Evils Of Ego
By Brian Thompson
Listen To Probably the Quietest Track on iTunes for Save Your Hearing Day
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The Echo Nest has all sorts of data about music - somewhere north of five billion datapoints - including the loudness of over 30 million tracks. We queried its engineers to see which song has the lowest loudness rating.
Guitar Pee Urinal Turns User Into A Music Whiz
By Eric Pfeiffer
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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