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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!
Help Us Shape Our Strategy for Intellectual Property Enforcement
By Victoria Espinel -- As the President has made clear, "our single greatest asset is the innovation and ingenuity and creativity of the American people. It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century."...Today my office is starting the process of gathering input for the Administration's new strategy for intellectual property enforcement. The overarching objective of the Strategy is to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. Government's efforts to protect our intellectual property here and overseas.
A Brief History of Artist's Control of Their Product
By Jonathan Segel -- I'm writing here about the current situation that musicians find themselves in with respect to economics and the ability to sustain any sort of career as a musician...I am mostly interested in how a composer or writer can make a living...
Net Publishing Happens In The Server AND The Eyeball, Says EU Bot
UK: Ofcom: Here Come the UK Online Copyright Rules...in 2015. Maybe
By Andrew Orlowski -- Bloke who nicked your stuff might be unmasked then.
And the Winner of the Next Social Networking Jackpot Is...
By Ryan Tate -- So who will be next to score in the social-meets-business lottery? Here's a shortlist of top contenders...
Spotify's First Artist-Specific Apps Go Live
By Matt Brian -- Welcoming its its first four music acts to its apps platform, Spotify today saw Quincy Jones, Tiësto, Rancid and Disturbed launch their own Artist Apps, making it easier for Spotify users to connect and engage with their favourite acts.
Yahoo Tunes Into Spotify
By Alex Pham -- Yahoo on Tuesday tapped Spotify to fill the gap left open when the Silicon Valley Internet media company killed its Yahoo Music Unlimited digital on-demand streaming service in 2008. The deal lets Yahoo distribute Spotify's popular music service to the 700 million people who visit its site each month.
Spotify Radio Nudges Millions of Listeners Toward Paying for Music
By John Paul Titlow
Top Five YouTube Partner Channels Drive Nearly 1.5 Billion Monthly Streams
By Nielsen Wire -- May 2012 marks the first month that Nielsen is publicly reported streaming measurement on thousands of YouTube partners. [Interesting to note that the top two partners are music driven.]
The Most Valuable Thing You Don't Know About YouTube's Business Model
The Daily Rind -- What if I said that the better you understand the mechanism behind YouTube's business model, the higher your streaming rate will be on YouTube? Yes, that means reading this article could improve your YouTube rates - maybe even double or triple them. Get ready for a major change in the way your content is valued.
Facebook Will Soon Have a Billion Users: Should You Care?
By Dave Copeland
The Stupid Things You Do With Your Smartphone (and How to Fix Them)
By Adam Dachis
All Of The Arguments About Digital Music, Summarized
By Mike Barthel
Teen Violin Star Is Venezuela's Youngest Conductor
By Diego Ore -- At 2 years old, he was given his first musical instrument: a "cuatro," or small four-string guitar. At 8, he cried with emotion at a brass band concert. Now, at just 14, Jose Angel Salazar is Venezuela's youngest orchestra conductor - the latest prodigy from his nation's famed El Sistema (The System) music development program - and possibly the youngest in the world.
Inside the Project to Immortalize John Peel's Record Collection
By Denise Lu -- Before even cassettes became kitsch, we had the vinyl record. One legendary Englishman, John Peel, had more vinyl than just about anyone else. And, as one of the most influential disc jockeys ever to grace the airways, he often had them before everyone else...An attempt is underway to turn John Peel's own personal record collection into the digital age as a boon to music fans of today and for the benefit of future generations. It's a massive undertaking.
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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