November 30, 2010

ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, November 30

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ORCHESTRATORS: Innovators who give lifeless technology something to do.
When consumers AND creators are happy those in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right.

Court Rejects Teen's Appeal in Internet Music Case
Associated Press

Dr. Ficsor Takes Geist Back to School
By Chris Castle -- Whenever Michael Geist starts in about "separating fiction from fact", you know that you better fasten your seatbelt because the truth is about to have a bumpy flight. ... The Canadian Parliament is considering major changes to its copyright law at the moment in the form of a new copyright bill ("Bill C-32"). ... Geist is once again equivocating on the law and facts to reach unsupportable conclusions. ... Why should Americans care about Geist and what happens north of the border?

(Canada's) New Copyright Legislation Leaves Songwriters and Artists Out in the Cold, Says Canada's Largest Music Publisher
Marketwire -- As Bill C-32, the legislation to amend Canada's outdated Copyright Act, moves toward further study by a Parliamentary Committee in the coming weeks, Michael McCarty, President of ole, Canada's largest music publisher, warns that the legislation, as it stands, leaves songwriters and artists out of the value chain without any effective tools to defend their rights and get paid.

Fox Sues to Stop TV and Film Script Leaks
Hollywood Reporter -- Twentieth Century Fox is taking aggressive steps to keep its movie and TV scripts off the Internet. The studio has filed a lawsuit alleging roughly $15 million in damages against a New York woman, Patricia McIlvaine, who is said to have put up roughly 100 scripts online without authorization.

Facebook Now Worth $50 Billion In Secondary Trading
By Michael Arrington

How Did The Beatles Sell 2 Million Songs On iTunes? Mostly Facebook (Not Search)
By Matt McGee -- Although at least one recent study says search beats social media when it comes to product discovery, those rules don't apply to The Beatles. When you're known worldwide and have set the standard for commercial and critical musical success, social media is where it's at in 2010.

Microsoft Reportedly Moving To Build a Pay-TV System
By Adam Dickter -- Eager to break into lucrative web-based pay TV, Microsoft has held discussions with television networks and other media companies about developing a system to stream programs via its devices and software, company sources have told Reuters.

Is Money Limiting Your Band's Growth?
By Marcus Taylor -- You might have assumed from the title of this article that it would be about techniques of acquiring funding to pay for the overheads of running a band, or exploring where best to invest your marketing budgets. Not today I'm afraid.

The Importance Of Great Website Visuals
By Kyle Bylin -- You've heard it before. Keep fans on your site. Visuals are important. The first is straightforward. Don't bring fans to your site and send them to Myspace.

Amazon Goes After In-Store Sales With Barcode Scanner App [Video]
By Jack Marshall -- With the holidays approaching, Internet retail giant Amazon has launched a price comparison application for the iPhone.

ORCHESTRATOR: Job Description, Careers, Salary, Employment, Definition, Education and Training Requirements

Willie Nelson Charged with Pot Possession in Texas
Associated Press

Nov. 29, 1972: Pong, a Game Any Drunk Can Play
By Tony Long

Dean Kay


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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