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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!
How Copyright Encourages Creativity and Opportunity in Hollywood
By The Trichordist -- We hear a lot from the copyleft and opponents of Artist's Rights that copyright stifles creativity, but this is simply not true...The truth is, the best ecosystem for creativity is the one where all stakeholders are compensated.
The Cult of Free - a User's Guide
By John Degen -- For those of us who make our living from copyright-protected works of art, the rise of the anti-copyright, free culture revolution - what I call the freecult - is a baffling and terrifying development. [Terry Hart notes: John Degen provides a spot-on look at the core strategies of the freecult, a post that apparently hit a little too close to home for some free culture advocates.]
ISPs and Fortune 500 Advertising on Piracy Web Sites
By The Ethical Fan
A Casual Example of How Google Profits from Lyric Piracy and Screws Songwriters
By Chris Castle
Clear Channel, Big Machine Strike Landmark Deal to Pay Terrestrial Radio Royalties To Label, Artists
By Ed Christman -- The sound recording performance royalty - which is also known as the artist performance royalty and is not to be confused with the songwriter performance royalty - is something that record labels and artist have been fighting to obtain from U.S. radio for decades...[My apologies to Eric Alper for lifting his headline.]
I Run an Indie Label. And Here's What Spotify, Rhapsody & Zune Are Paying Us...
By Paul Resnikoff -- If Spotify, Rhapsody, or other streaming services won't answer the question, maybe indie labels and artists will.
Why Buying Followers is a Bad Idea
By Simon Tam -- For nearly every social media site available, there are services that claim to boost your reach, increase your followers, and give you more credibility by increased views...There are a number of reasons why you don't want to buy followers...
Before You Crowdfund, Kickstart, or Otherwise Ask Fans for Money, Please Read This...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The music world just had a "moment," and it was brought to you by Amanda Palmer, which almost guarantees a huge increase in artist pitches, music projects, and other music-themed Kickstarter ideas ahead...
Digital Music Prices: Is Cheaper Better?
By Tyler Hayes -- If you visit Amazon's digital music store and browse the top albums chart one thing you might notice is how low the prices are. Almost every album is "on sale" in some way making it one of the cheapest places to buy digital music. On the other side, glancing at the iTunes top album charts you notice a stark contrast with almost every album over $10.
Google Declines to Share YouTube Takedown Details...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Google is handling 300,000 DMCA takedown requests - a week - on its mainline search. But what about YouTube, where music videos count for roughly 40 percent of all views, according to research estimates?
Radio is "Almost Invisible" to the Internet
By Mark Ramsey -- Michael Robertson is best known as the founder of digital music pioneer MP3.com, but today he has a new project, DAR.FM, that promises to transform the relationship radio fans have with their favorite radio content by enabling a "virtual DVR" for your favorite shows.
Pitchfork Teams with Intel for Interactive Music Games
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- "Interactive" is an overused buzzword, but it's also an actual thing that means something. In the case of music, it can mean all sorts of things from jumping up and down, to playing an iPhone guitar, to playing videogames that go along with the music...
By Nick Wingfield -- Microsoft is sending Zune to the pasture where Microsoft brands go to die. It's the end of the road for a name that once symbolized Microsoft's grand plans to curb Apple's entertainment ambitions.
Indie Artists Share How They Got Radio Airplay, What It Meant For Their Careers
By Randy Goss
The Hyperactive Weirdos Of Silicon Valley Are Going Crazy For This Site That Calms Them Down
By Matt Lynley -- Silicon Valley has a short attention span-and that's just what Calm.com is using to its advantage.
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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