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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.
Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
Why DOES Google Lobby So Much?
By Andrew Orlowski -- Last month we reported how Google was astroturfing British politics by chivvying "citizen groups" to show spontaneous support for policies that benefit Google. Here's another example.
[Damn rationality and full speed ahead! -- Creators? No life boat for you! DK]
Internet Defense League Starts Initiative Today
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Companies including Mozilla, WordPress, Reddit and the Cheezburger Network have joined with advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation to form the Internet Defense League - a group dedicated to warning Internet users when they see legislation that they find threatening to Internet innovation...[Clarification: Change the word "warning" to "spreading misinformation to". DK]
Internet Defense League Kicks Off New Alert System With 'Cat Signals'
By Parmy Olson -- [Cute! Should be met with Cat Calls from those whose artistic endeavors have been commandeered to give life to soulless "innovative" technology. DK]
Twitter, Tragic Events and the Price of Social Media Stupidity
By Jeff John Roberts -- An insensitive tweet has trigged a rightful cascade of contempt that could stain a dress shop for years. At the same time, the fallout from the tweet shows how social media is changing the nature of crisis communications.
When Film Becomes Fashion and Music An Antique...
By Doug Shineman -- ... we're accustomed to listening to songs over and over, our favorite songs possibly for the rest of our life. Could a song from our childhood mean more to us today? In that sense, music may act more like a fine antique.
Spotify Marks its First Anniversary in the US With 13 Billion Listens, a Whole Lot of Sharing Goin' on
By Jon Fingas
Online Video Ads Hit a Record: 11 Billion Spots Streamed in June
By Fruzsina Eördögh
Sick of Free? Spotify Pays 3 Times More on Premium Streams...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Here's a breakdown of just how much more artists get from premium subscribers than free streamers.
Facebook User Satisfaction Falling
By Bobby Owsinski
The Best App Is the One You Don't Have to Use
By Jon Mitchell -- Apps are reaching an inflection point. Now that zillions of apps are available to serve every imaginable purpose, there are two ways for them to keep us interested. They can either melt into the background and do their jobs with minimum fuss, or they can force us to pay attention to them.
A Big Little Secret To Viral Videos
By Lori Kozlowski -- Everyone is hunting for clicks, likes, shares, followers, and friends...Giant Media, a Venice Beach-based viral video company, has the aim to bring startups and established brands to larger and more diverse audiences...
TechStars TV Seeks Free Music, But Is "Free" A Fair Deal For Musicians?
By Clyde Smith
My 10 Rules for Giving Away Music for Free...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The following comes from Ditto Music cofounder and CEO Matthew Parsons, who applies a simple premise: "free" isn't free for the musician, and it shouldn't be free for the fan. And, there are now best practices for maximizing the return on free stuff.
Why Does the Net Still Work on Christmas? Paul Mockapetris
By Cade Metz
Interactive Player Piano Will Take Your Twitter Request for 'Call Me Maybe'
By Angela Watercutter -- Player pianos haven't been tearing up the scene since the first half of the last century. But this weekend, thanks to some crafty engineering, partiers at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle will get to jam to one that takes request via Twitter.
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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