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Creators: Fight For Your Right to Make The World A Better Place!
Rockefeller Says Big Tech Companies Acting like Standard Oil
By Brendan Sasso -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said on Thursday that technology companies like Apple, Google and Facebook are behaving like his family's old company, Standard Oil, which the federal government broke up in the early 1900s in a landmark antitrust case. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
Sony Completes EMI Acquisition, Creating Largest Music Publisher
By Alex Pham -- Sony Corp.'s deal to acquire EMI's publishing assets has cleared U.S. and European regulatory hurdles and was closed Friday, the companies said. EMI's catalog will be merged with Sony's to create a library of more than 2 million songs, making the combined entity the world's largest music publisher.
In Plain English: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
By Joan Blazich -- As the next round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations convenes in San Diego next week, the internet is buzzing about what the trade agreement will and wont do. As usual, some of it is accurate, but some of it is not. Before we address the misinformation, it is important to understand what the TPP is, and why it is important...
Debunking Myths About the TPP: Part 1
By Joan Blazich -- One of the more common MYTHS is that the TPP will drive up licensing costs for copyrighted material by protecting incidental copies...
On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro
By Rob Walker -- Founded in 2005 and owned by Google since 2007, YouTube today contains multitudes: 72 hours of video are uploaded onto the service every minute. For some, it is an infinite museum of moving images: Patti Smith singing "You Light Up My Life" on a 1970s kids' show; Mike Wallace puffing Luckys through an interview with Salvador Dalí; forgotten teenage dance shows...Then there are the YouTube stars...
Google Ups Ante With Many Long-Term Foes
By VentureBeat.com -- Here's a look at the risk impact from Google's announcements on various competitors' products.
Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?
By Sam Biddle -- Google revealed a lot at Google I/O: a shimmering tablet at a good price, a sci-fi home theater orb, seriously sophisticated search, and Jelly Beans. It also revealed an unsettling lack of human understanding.
Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not
By Glenn Peoples -- Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription service provides to labels more revenue than Walmart does in the U.S. alone.
PODCAST: Successfully Crowdfunding Classical Music
By Clyde Smith -- Just like other genres of music, classical musicians have been successfully crowdfunding projects large and small via Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. The Conducting Business podcast recently hosted a panel discussion related to crowdfunding classical music.
CDBaby.com is Reborn
By Chris Robley
Pinterest: The Next Social Frontier for Music
By John Paul Titlow -- Pinterest is steadily growing out of the stereotype that it's just for sharing recipes and planning weddings. The social scrapbook already plays a central role in the social media strategies of visual artists, publishers and certain types of businesses. Now, with the addition of features for pinning music and video, musicians are catching on.
Microsoft Plans Xbox Music With iTunes, Spotify Features
By Andy Fixmer and Dina Bass -- Microsoft Corp. plans an expansive Xbox music service joining Spotify-style streaming with download and online-storage functions similar to Apple Inc.'s iTunes, several people with knowledge of the situation said.
Study Shows In-Car Technology Is a Pain-Point For Consumers
By Damon Lavrinc -- Jaguar, Porsche, Cadillac and Honda taking the top spots in the annual list, the real story is the level of consumer dissatisfaction with the latest technology fitted to their vehicles.
The Indie Artist Launch Plan (Part 1)
By Jamie Leger -- How to build the foundation for a career as a performing artist or band.
Top 10 Strange iPhone Accessories
By Hannah Clare
Survey: 59% of People Would Reach into a Toilet to Retrieve Phone
By Salvador Rodriguez -- A new survey shows that 59% of smartphone owners say they would reach into the toilet for their phone, and that isn't the only crazy thing they'd do if they were faced with the prospect of losing their device.
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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