November 04, 2011

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, November 4

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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 and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

Know Your Rights.
Fight For Them!

Does Culture Really Want to Be Free?
By Scott Timberg -- Can the culture business survive the digital age?

New Report Emphasizes Importance of Copyright Industries to U.S. Economy
By Ed Christman -- The U.S. copyright industries, including music, television, film, book, radio, and newspaper and magazine industries employed more than 10.6 million workers and contributed more than $1.6 trillion, to the U.S. economy in 2010, or 11.1% of GDP, according to a new report commissioned by the National Music Publishers' Association and the Recording Industry Assn. of American other major copyright trade organizations as part of the International Intellectual Property Alliance.

Want to See the Connected Future? Check Out This Video.
By Stacey Higginbotham

Twitter Changes Business of Celebrity Endorsements
By Christina Rexrode -- Celebs aren't writing about family cars and fashion choices for the heck of it. Stars can get paid big bucks — sometimes $10,000 or more per post — to pontificate about clothes, cars and movies in the 140 characters or less allowed per tweet. That's adds up to about $71 per character.

Then, This: Coldplay Just Sold 447,000 Albums In the US...
By Paul Resnikoff -- There's now more data to support Coldplay's anti-Spotify strategy. According to first-week, US-specific stats just published by Nielsen Soundscan, Coldplay shifted a cool 447,000 units of Mylo Xyloto during its first week. That's easily enough for the number one, and complements a similarly-robust British figure.

Eminem Wins Royalties Bout Against Label
By Anita Wadhwani -- A federal court in California ruled that the record label could not take deductions for certain transactional services it routinely provided during the now-fading era of physical album and CD sales. That's because licensing online music to companies like iTunes or cellphone companies no longer requires expensive services like packaging CDs.

The Smartphone Wars Are Over
By Kit Eaton -- Statistics, arguments, sales figures, and passionate explanations claiming one or another smartphone platform has sold or will sell more than another in a specific market might litter the web for a while to come. But, really, it's all over but the shoutin'.

iPhone 4S Battery Life Woes: Details and Solutions
By Christina Bonnington

Android Phone Repair Cost Telcos Billions: Study
By Tarmo Virki -- Fitting older versions of Google's Inc popular Android software to cheaper cellphones could send the repair costs of global telecoms operators up as much as $2 billion, a study by wireless services firm WDS showed. Costly hardware failures are more common on Android devices than on Apple Inc iPhones and Research In Motion Inc BlackBerry phones, which have strict control over the components used in their devices, WDS data showed.

[You get what you pay for!]
Wikipedia is a Mess, Wikipedians Say: 1 in 20 Articles Bare of References
By Marshall Kirkpatrick -- Wikipedia has fallen behind on an enormous backlog of editorial work.This has led to hundreds of thousands of articles that don't meet the community's standards for quality remaining unfinished on the site and creating a "monster under the rug" for the world's largest encyclopedia...

Media Center: Tools for Total Immersion
By Jen Trolio -- Take control of your A/V empire with a gadget array worthy of NORAD.

Does Music Change The Taste Of Wine?
By Jonah Lehrer

Twenty More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 1
By Chris Castle -- Your record producer is probably the most important member of your creative team. Good record producers understand the physics of sound, but also understand the dynamic of performance and the craft of songwriting.... Your record producer is in many ways a member of your band, and is essentially the creative partner in your recordings.

All Hail Joan of Arc, In Music -- But In London?
By Michael Roddy -- This weekend concert and filmgoers in London can celebrate the upcoming 600th birthday of Joan of Arc, girl soldier and Maid of Orleans who donned male clothing, put on armor, rallied the demoralized French army and defeated the...English.

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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