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Creators: Fight For Your Right to Make The World A Better Place!
Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered.
By David Lowery -- [This MUST READ, well reasoned, pro creator response to a sadly misinformed music loving consumer is well on its way to going viral across the Net and throughout the mainstream press. When I posted this edition of The Dean's List, there were 423 responses to what David Lowery had to say - many from creators. They are well worth reviewing as well. - DK]
It Looks like You Don't Want to Pay For Us To Create Stuff You Like. Why Do You Pay Everyone Else?
By The Trichordist -- Check out this great organization: CopyLike.Org
Is It Time To Delete All Your Music & Mirror It To A Subscription Service Like Spotify?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- A fascinating experiment began this month on NPR's All Songs Considered blog. Bob Boilen, creator and host of the influential radio show by the same name, deleted all 25,000-or-so songs on his hard drive and shifted them into Apple iCloud using iTunes Match. So far, his experiment seems to be going well, although we don't yet know how it will turn out.
VEVO To Finally Begin Paying Independent Publishers
By Hisham Dahud -- Today, Universal Music Group (part-owner of VEVO) announced that they will begin paying independent publishers for the use of their compositions streamed on VEVO, representing a huge win for independents.
VIDEO: Cary Sherman: The Music Industry In The Digital Age
By Personal Democracy -- Though plagued by a technical glitch or two, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman addresses the 2012 Personal Democracy Forum on Monday. A must-watch video and an important reality check as to where major record labels fit into today's digital landscape. [Thanks to Terry Hart for this link.]
The Pirate Bay - Top Google Search, No Really...
By The Trichordist
Exclusive Rights Are A Means, Not An End
By Terry Hart
Pandora: Time for a Bowie-Style Reinvention
By Kevin Kelleher -- File sharing, MP3 players and online stores transformed the way we listen to music. Now the cloud is bringing even bigger changes. Pandora is the rock star of cloud-based music services, with a clear lead in streaming audio. But - true to music-industry form - a crowd of younger, hungrier rivals is pounding on the stage door...
Coalition to Facebook: Please Don't Market to Our Kids
By Michelle Maltais -- No ads for our tweens on Facebook. That's the gist of a letter written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from a coalition of consumer, privacy and child-advocacy groups. "Facebook is a kind of privacy minefield," said Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy. "Now that they're public, kids are the last area in the United States where there is a market potential."
Skout Disaster Reveals Grim Flaws in Teen Social Networks
By Taylor Hatmaker -- Skout thought it was solving a problem when it created a separate social network for teens: Underage users easily circumvented the dating app's barrier to users under 18. Instead, the company found itself at the center of three cases of alleged statutory rape. Where did Skout go wrong? And what can other social apps learn from its mistakes?
Facebook: They Burned The Investor, Burned the Startup, Burned Spotify...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The Facebook apologists are shrinking; the hangover is deepening. Because underneath an underperforming public offering is a very damaging story, one that could last for years. And, one that could scorch the earth for otherwise promising startups, including several in music.
Goodness Gracious, Slash Has a Guitar Tone iOS App
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- You know this whole music app thing is real when Slash, the guitarist from one of the biggest hard rock bands of all time, has his own guitar pedal app for iPhone and iPad.
Amazing Hack Turns Dangling String into Tactile Music
By Eliot Van Buskirk
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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