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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.
No Sympathy for the Creative Class
By Scott Timberg -- Taxpayers bail out Wall Street and Detroit. But there's no help, or Springsteen anthem, for struggling creatives. They're pampered, privileged, indulged - part of the "cultural elite."... This what we hear about artists, architects, musicians, writers and others like them. And it's part of the reason the struggles of the creative class in the 21st century -- [Thanks to Sandra Aistars for the link. For her comments see: The Invisible Creative Middle Class]
Two Inane Suggestions For Compensating Artists Online
By Krzysztof 'Faza' Wiszniewski -- The problem with hardcore geeks (meaning here people who know about computers...) is while they are superhumanly knowledgable about their own area of expertise, they appear to be endearingly ignorant about everything else...
Don't bother reading this article - It's standard Lessig/EFF/Public Knowledge horse wash...Do read the comments!
Why Copyright Is Evil
By Ben Sommer
Google Moves Toward Settlement of European Antitrust Investigation
By Paul Geitner -- An agreement would avoid the process of filing charges and making a case, at the end of which the remedies won are often irrelevant in the fast-moving technology industry.
Scam Sites Lure Victims with Fake YouTube-to-mp3 Converters
By Cameron Camp -- Recently, a crop of websites have popped up offering to convert the audio from videos to .mp3 files that you can then download at no charge. Sounds great, right? The catch: scammers are trying to capture the popular click traffic and redirect users to scam websites, where you might get more than you bargained for, in the form of free malware and other unpleasantness as a bonus.
Hackers Can Take Over Your Phone With A Flick Of The Wrist
By Andy Greenberg
[Silly-con Gossip: The Valley's version of Tom and Katie...?]
SKYPE SPLIT: One Of Tech's Most Successful Partnerships Has Mysteriously Dissolved
By Owen Thomas -- Everyone in Silicon Valley knows the story of Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, the Scandinavian duo who cofounded Skype. Except for this part: Friis and Zennström are no longer a duo.
Netflix Earnings Plunge Amid Dramatic Slowdown in Subscriber Growth
By Associated Press -- The financial deterioration reported Tuesday follows a rare loss for Netflix during the opening three months of the year.
KCRW Introduces Digital Music Submission System
By Carl Marcucci -- The public radio station in LA has created its own system to encourage submissions from independent artists. KCRW-FM calls it "MALCOLM," an online music submission system that assists indie artists in submitting their work to the station.
Google Sets Up A Studio For YouTube Stars In London
By Parmy Olso
7 Gadgets That Minted Money and Spawned Entire Industries
By Marcus Wohlsen
8 Facebook Products Gone Awry
By Nathan Hurst -- Trademark laws restrict knock-offs and unlicensed products partly so brands can maintain high-quality standards. Even though - or perhaps because - Facebook produces no physical products (yet), the company isn't immune to brand bandits.
The Music Producer's Pre-Recording Checklist
By Chris Robley -- 7 steps to producing a great album...before you step foot in the studio
VIDEO: How Many Songs Use These 4 Chords?
By Bobby Owsinski -- [HOW did they miss "Heart and Soul?"]
See Raymond Scott's Fantastical Vintage Music Machines
By Geeta Dayal -- You've heard Raymond Scott's music before, even if you may not realize it. The prolific composer's musical DNA has been indelibly intertwined with American cartoons, films and popular music since the 1930s.
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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