November 07, 2011

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, November 7

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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!

Hillary Clinton Says Anti-Piracy & Internet Freedoms Are "Mutually Consistent..."
By Paul Resnikoff -- Can you clamp down on piracy, without clamping down on free speech and internet freedoms? In a recent letter sent to Representative Howard Berman (D-California), Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton offered her strong support, while underscoring that "internet freedoms" and "intellectual property protections" were "mutually consistent."

Public Safety Community Overwhelmingly Supports Rogue Sites Legislation
By Cybele Daley -- The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members has been joined by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the largest organization representing fire fighters, in support of legislation to combat foreign based rogue websites. IAFF and the FOP along with the Major Cities Chiefs, Major County Sheriffs, National Troopers Association, National Association of Attorneys General, National District Attorneys, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and American Society of Industrial Security are among the many organizations joining in this fight. We applaud this overwhelming support from law enforcement – their collective voices underscore the gravity of this crime and its impact to public safety.

WARNING: Every Musician's Digital Performance Royalties Are At Risk
By Kristin Thomson -- Recording artists and indie labels: there¹s a movement afoot to change the way that you would receive your digital public performance royalties, and it¹s not a good one, especially for recording artists. In recent days, the artist community ‹ including AFTRA, AFM, The Recording Academy, A2IM and SoundExchange has been broadcasting the message to their members about the negative consequences of direct licensing deals for digital performance royalties. We here at FMC wanted to join in the chorus and explain to musicians and labels why the current statutory licensing structure is better for all stakeholders.

Google+ Gets New YouTube and Chrome Integration
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles -- On Thursday Google delivered new Google+ integration for YouTube and the Chrome Web browser....The feature is pretty slick (as long as you don't mind pop-up windows) and enables users to find, watch and +1 anything they see without leaving Google+ itself.

Apple To Make Billions Off Android
By Nigam Arora -- The reality is that Google may never make any money from Android, but Apple's enviable patent portfolio is bound to make billions of dollars in royalties from Android.

We Are Hunted Reinvents Playable Music Chart
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- We Are Hunted, an Australian-designed music web app that reinvents the music chart as a dynamic, socially-powered reflection of what music fans are into.

It Gets Crazier: 67.5% Of Coldplay's US Album Sales Are Digital...
By Paul Resnikoff

SoundShare Shares Your Music with Friends, Helps You Discover New Songs and Artists
By Alan Henry -- SoundShare is a new iPhone app that makes it very easy to share songs you enjoy with your friends, start conversations around them, and peek in on what your friends are listening to in an unobtrusive way that encourages conversation instead of intrudes on their privacy.

[In today's economy, this might be more enticing if it came with beets.]
HTC Rezound Is Official; Comes With Beats Audio
By Hayley Tsukayama -- HTC showed off its next big smartphone at a press event today, debuting the HTC Rezound. The Rezound is the company's first phone integrated with Beats Electronics, the Dr. Dre project that the smartphone maker invested $300 million in this past August.

Speechiness – Is it Banjo or Banter?
Music Machinery -- If you've listened to much Internet radio this has probably happened to you. An algorithmic playlisting engine may know that it is time to play a track by The Beatles, but it probably doesn't know which tracks in the Beatles discography are music and which ones are interviews, and so sooner or later you'll find yourself listening to Ringo (from 1963) talking about his new haircut instead of listening to While My Guitar Gently Weeps. To help deal with this type of problem, The Echo Nest has just pushed out a new analysis attribute called Speechiness.

Tenenbaum Demands Rehearing of $675,000 RIAA File-Sharing Case
By Ernesto -- To be continued, indefinitely.

Apple to Issue Software Fix for iPhone Battery
By Poornima Gupta -- Apple Inc on Wednesday said it will release a software update to its iOS 5 operating system, acknowledging some customer complaints on the performance of the new iPhone 4S battery.

Ad Companies Have Their Hands, or Cookies, in Your Browser
By David Sarno -- Cookies, tracking beacons of a sort stored in your Web browser, can be useful for shopping, email and other tasks. But you may want to eliminate ones that solely record your online behavior. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

SLIDE SHOW: New Musical Instruments
By Venessa Wong

Retro Music Apps Aren't Just a Novelty (for iPhone and iPad)
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Live a little, this November, won't you? For starters, liven things up by turning your iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, or iPad into a retro music player from yesteryear. Yes, they're amusing, gimmicky, and make good conversation pieces, but don't be fooled: These apps can subtly change they way you experience your music, even down to that awesome vinyl crackling sound.

Drive Time Should Be More Productive Time, Finds New Consumer Technology Survey
The Bradenton Herald -- In a multiple-gadget owning society, consumers seek simplicity from car technology so drive-time is productive time. What people want in the future: A car that drives itself so they can spend more time texting, emailing and eating.

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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