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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!
Our Digital Innocence Just Died. And David Lowery Killed It...
By Paul Resnikoff -- David Lowery didn't just touch a nerve this week, he may have single-handedly crushed years of post-physical, ridiculous digital utopianism.
Oatmeal v. Funnyjunk: a Brief Observation
By Terry Hart -- By now, you've probably heard of this week's internet soap opera involving The Oatmeal and Funnyjunk. If not, here's the original post, and an article from Ars Technica describing what happened next. The story has provided plenty of fodder for discussion, especially concerning copyright. What's interesting is the turn some of the conversation has taken...
UK: Want to Meddle With IP Rights? Use The Law, Not Amended Regulations
By Out-Law.com -- Government plans to change the law so that future reforms to the copyright framework can be made through regulations rather than primary legislation could create problems for businesses, an expert has said. The proposed changes would make it easier for the government to change the law in relation to copyright.
In Plain English: Decoding Copyright And The Public Domain
By Joan Blazich -- The phrase "public domain" is one that is often discussed in the context of copyright, but it is not often defined or explained in an understandable way. This is an especially important topic, as a lack of understanding about what is, and is not, included in the "public domain" can lead to infringement, whether or not it was intended.
Spotify Offers Free Radio Play on Mobile Devices
By Ryan Nakashima
Radio Wars: Can the New Spotify Feature Challenge Pandora's Legacy?
By Molly McHugh -- ...here's a look at how the two services stack up.
Report: Indie Labels Are Now Heavily Dependent on Major Label Distribution...
By Paul Resnikoff -- You don't need a fancy report to tell you this. Just look at what's happened to the so-called 'indie digital distribution' space for ample evidence of major label domination.
Google Blocks MP3 Rippers from YouTube
By Iain Thomson -- Websites that allow MP3 files to be recorded from YouTube are feeling the wrath of the Chocolate Factory, and popular ripping site YouTube-mp3 is calling foul.
A Lesson in Machine Ethics: More Bunk From Google's PR Department on the YouTube MP3 Ripper
By Chris Castle -- Always be wary of anything from the tech press that begins, "the free ride may be ending" because that is never true.
Free Speech for Computers?
By Tim Wu -- DO machines speak? If so, do they have a constitutional right to free speech? This may sound like a fanciful question, a matter of philosophy or science fiction. But it's become a real issue with important consequences.
How To Make Your Facebook Timeline POP!
By Ariel Hyatt -- There is a fabulous feature that will help you highlight the things that happen throughout your life and career that you would like to post onto your Facebook Page. This is a phenomenal tool for going back in time and recording important things in the history of your personal life, your band life, or anything else you might like to have highlighted.
Are You Reflecting on Your Goals as an Artist?
By Marcus Taylor
Stats And Figures On 30 Years Of Sampling [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Hisham Dahud
Listen to Music That Evolved From Random Noise
By Jamie Condliffe -- Music, you might think, is an innately human pursuit; something which can only truly be written by us, the most intelligent of creatures. But a team of researchers has demonstrated that, actually, it's possible for digital music to evolve by itself, without any creative input from a composer.
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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