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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.
7 Mythbusting Copyright Law Articles (Article #3)
Presented by Terry Hart -- Reason or Madness: A Defense of Copyright's Growing Pains -- By Marc H Greenberg.
Judge Posner Did NOT Say That Embedding Infringing Videos Is "Totally Legal"
By Devlin Hartline -- Judge Posner's opinion for the Seventh Circuit in Flava Works, Inc. v. Gunter has caused quite a bit of confusion, to say the least...the headlines "showcase some of the shortcomings consistently seen in legal reporting."
Worldwide Digital Music Sales Hit $8.6 Bil
By Robert Mitchell -- While the overall global music business continues its long, painful contraction, some statistical hope is appearing on the horizon, with global digital music sales set to cross £5 billion ($8.6 billion) for the first time in 2012, while online streaming revenues will take over as the fastest-growing area for the music business, according to a new report.
Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore
By Ed Christman and Jem Aswad
Rdio Amps Up To 18M Tracks With New CD Baby And TuneCore Deals. More Tracks Than Spotify?
By Ingrid Lunden -- If (and that's a big IF) part of the game in streaming music is to have the biggest catalog of tracks, then today Rdio made a significant move to turn its volume up to Spotify levels, and gain some street cred with indie fans in the process...
Foundd: The Personalized Entertainment Search Engine
By Hannah Clare -- Foundd is a new personalized search engine that helps you find entertainment you love, and prevents "which movie should we watch?"- based arguments with your friends and family too.
Apparent Grooveshark Downloader Developer Wants Us to Stop Writing About Grooveshark Downloader
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Sometimes, the act of reporting makes you part of the story you're trying to cover.
How Low Will Facebook Shares Go? 'Lockup' Expires, Stock Plunges
By Jessica Guynn -- Facebook shares were supposed to do the lambada, not the limbo.
Musicians Lose Out in Internet Radio Fairness Act
By Ray Hair -- ...new legislation in Congress known as the "Internet Radio Fairness Act" could set (artists) back decades. Instead of ensuring that terrestrial radio stations pay musicians fairly - just as many digital radio stations already do - it would allow the digital platforms to pay musicians less too, at rates far below market value.
Musicians Online Are Playing In Glass Stadiums With Billions Of Empty Seats
By Adam Steele
Get Your Free Copy of the Ultimate YouTube Guide for Musicians
By Chris Robley
Karmin's 10 Tips On Covering Songs On YouTube
By Jesse Cannon -- [The should have added an 11th tip...Be sure the songwriters get paid!]
What Is A Producer?
By Bobby Owsinski -- The term "producer" sometimes confuses people. What exactly does that mean? What does a producer do? Here's a short excerpt from The Music Producer's Handbook that explains the many responsibilities that a typical music producer has.
[My new hangout.]
LA Restaurant Offers Discount to Phone-Free Diners
By Associated Press
Humor Website Leads Campaign to Crowd Fund a Nikola Tesla Museum
By Tecca -- Serbian-born inventor Nikola Tesla is widely considered one of the unsung heroes of science, having contributed hugely to technologies we take for granted today, such as electricity and radio.
Why Is Google So Judgmental? Map Shows State Search Suggestions
By Salvador Rodriguez -- (Blogger Renee DiResta) has put together a map that shows Google's auto-complete suggestions for each state when you search "Why is X so," and most of the results aren't pretty.
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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