December 12, 2011

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, December 12

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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right

[Write to your members of Congress ... Tell them you support the Protect IP and Stop Online Piracy Acts. This is all about YOUR future as a creator!!]
What You Need to Know About the Protect IP (U.S. Senate) and the Stop Online Piracy (U.S. House) Acts
ASCAP -- A dizzying array of foreign-based websites have built their businesses around taking and selling U.S. copyrighted works without any compensation to creators and artists, while others endanger American lives with counterfeit goods. The overarching goal of PROTECT IP and STOP Acts is to cut off the flow of money from the U.S. to foreign rogue sites and to protect American jobs, consumers and economic growth. For songwriters, composers and artists, this legislation will have a profound impact.

IP Czar: 80% of Americans Know Piracy Is Illegal, But Do It Anyway...
By Paul Resnikoff

Brussels' Statement of Objections Against Google is MEATY
By Kelly Fiveash -- Google will be hit with a statement of objections document from the antitrust wing of the European Commission that is reportedly more than 400 pages in length. According to the Financial Times, that tome – detailing complaints from a variety of outfits that allege Google abused its dominant position in the search engine market – will land on CEO Larry Page's lap in early 2012.

Why The Access Versus Ownership Debate Isn't Going to Resolve Itself Anytime Soon
By Mark Mulligan -- In these days of cloud and streaming dominated debates it is easy to be led to believe that ownership is an outdated legacy of the analogue era. Of course in many ways it is, but the unavoidable fact is that we are in a transition phase in which both ownership and access matter and it is a stage which has many years to yet to run.

YouTube Remake Spotlights TV-Style Channels
Relaxnews -- YouTube unveiled a major redesign that showcases television-style channels and promises slicker integration with other Google online properties. ";We are trying hard to marry the best of TV and the best of online," YouTube vice president of product development Shishir Mehrotra said....

Spotify Radio Conducts Music with Pandora-like App
By Stephen Shankland

Spotify 'Won't Have Digital Music to Itself'
By Emma Barnett -- Spotify is not going to dominate the digital music market in the future as they will be lots of 'leaders' say senior executives from two of the major record labels.

Deezer Challenges Spotify with Worldwide Expansion
By Andrew Laughlin -- Music streaming service Deezer has announced plays to expand to 200 more countries by June 2012, as part of its battle with rival Spotify.

New School Concert Ticketing w/ Ticketfly
By -- You don't need to be an industry insider to know that the ticketing segment of the music business needs a major overhaul. Concerts are more relevant to the industry now than they have been in a very long time, but there's a lot more to be done if we are to see them reach their full potential — for artists and their fans. Thankfully, movers and shakers like the innovators behind new school ticketing platform TicketFly still exist.

Eliot Van Buskirk on the Future of Digital Music
By Faith Merino -- VatorNews So we have Spotify, we have, we have Shazam, Rhapsody, iTunes, and everything in between, but what lies ahead for the digital music industry? Eliot Van Buskirk's forecast: cross-compatibility.

Google: Tablets Are For Fun, Laptops Are For Work [Study]
By Jon Mitchell -- As part of its ongoing sponsored research into mobile computing habits, Google released some interesting findings about the way consumers use their different devices.

Untether Your Music With a Wireless Stereo
By Joshua Brustein -- The digital age has made our musical lives more complex. Subscription services and online radio mean that our music is coming from many sources, and the proliferation of smartphones and tablets means that it is stored in more places than ever. In response, stereo manufacturers are making an increasing number of stereos that will communicate wirelessly with many kinds of devices, making it simple to play music no matter where it comes from.

Dave Brubeck's 1959 Jazz Masterpiece Time Out Certified Double Platinum by RIAA
PRNewswir -- A profoundly pivotal and influential recording, Time Out -- which began as a musical experiment showcasing the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing seven original jazz compositions, each in a different time signature -- became an iconic crossover smash, reaching #2 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1961,....

Pop Singer Dobie Gray Dead in Nashville at Age 69
Dobie Gray, who hit the top of the music charts in 1973 with "Drift Away," has died in Nashville. He was 69. ...Gray's other hits included "The In Crowd" in 1965 and "Loving Arms" in 1973.

Long Live the Audio Revolution
Anthony Clarke -- You can keep your digital music, writes Anthony Clarke, there's nothing better than sound delivered at 78rpm

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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