February 23, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, February 23

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

U.K. Court Shows Rogue Website The Pirate Bay the Plank
By Timothy Lee -- The operators of The Pirate Bay — alongside many other illegal file sharing websites — don't just passively violate laws. Rather, they're downright brazen in using online consumers as pawns for making millions of dollars from illicit activities – up to $3 million per month, according to expert testimony in this case. The need to combat digital theft is therefore still very prevalent, and last month's hysterical website blackout to protest proposed Congressional rogue sites legislation did absolutely nothing to address that issue.

Feds Seize $50 Million in Megaupload Assets, Lodge New Charges
By David Kravets

BRUSSELS: EU Suspends Copyright Treaty Ratification
By Don Melvin -- The European Commission, facing steep opposition, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement — instead referring it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said Wednesday that an opinion from the European Court of Justice would clear away the fog of misinformation surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, known as ACTA.

OK Go: YouTube Revenues Are 'Like Finding Change On the Street...'
By Paul Resnikoff -- OK Go is one of the most successful bands in YouTube history. Yet despite more than a hundred million plays, YouTube plays are hardly generating any substantive revenue for the group. "I can speak to an artist who gets a lot of traffic, which is OK Go," manager Jamie Kitman told a SF MusicTech Summit audience last week. "And I would say that 'trickle' is the operative word, in terms of revenue we receive from places like YouTube and VEVO."

Pomplamoose YouTube Fortunes Fueled by iTunes Sales & Licensing Deals [VIDEO]
By Clyde Smith -- Pomplamoose are navigating the treacherous waters of YouTube cover song stardom when one has dreams of being more than a cover band. Part of their approach is to record their original work as solo artists Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte separately from Pomplamoose. While that may sound a bit complicated, the approach is keeping their musical identities clear while building a brand that supports their long term career-building activities.

Eric Schmidt to Cash in $1.45bn Google Shares
By Kelly Fiveash -- A little something for the rainy day fund.

Data Collection Arms Race Feeds Privacy Fears
By Joseph Menn -- This week's revelations that Google Inc, Twitter and other popular Internet companies have been taking liberties with customer data have prompted criticism from privacy advocates and lawmakers, along with apologies from the companies. They are the latest in a long line of missteps by large Internet companies that have faced little punishment for pushing privacy boundaries, which are already more expansive than most consumers understand.

Everybody is Lying to Me and I Don't Care
By Dan Rowinski -- Why do I feel like everybody is lying to me all the time? I cannot get around the idea that every technology company with a major platform is doing everything it possibly can to get as much data from me as it possibly can through any means necessary. No barriers go un-trampled in the quest to track me, cookie me and use my personal information to obtain the greatest level of profit...from me.

As Movies Debut on Facebook, the Era of Social Cinema Begins
By John Paul Titlow -- If anybody could pull it off, it would be Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The comedy duo and stars of the often demented Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! have a rabid and loyal enough fan base that releasing their new movie in an experimental new way just might work.

Great! You've Got Their Attention - Now What?
By Bob Baker -- Everyone wants attention. You want it too, right? Of course, you do. In fact, that's the first crucial step in marketing: getting people (specifically, your ideal fans) to simply notice you among all the noise and chaos of their busy lives....Getting it is great. But then those good people move on to other things and sadly forget about you. What's a self-promoting musician to do?

How to Stay Creative at Any Age
By Dorie Clark -- It's easy to watch a hotshot young executive – or poet, painter, or filmmaker – and wonder if creativity is the province of the young. But Jonah Lehrer, author of the new Imagine: How Creativity Works, doesn't buy it: "There's nothing inevitable about a decline of creativity over time," he said in a recent interview....a loss of creativity is actually a symptom of buying into the system and refusing to try new things.

Infographic: The Online Music Landscape
By David Strom -- A new infographic from Gerson Lehrman Group's GPlus.com maps out the current online music on-demand landscape from the top 10 players.

Does Anybody Really Listen to Music Anymore?
By Steve Guttenberg -- Having music "on" isn't the same thing as actually listening to it....Think about it: the people who made the music sweated the details, agonized over the sound, the mix, and the performance for weeks or months. The composer tweaked the work to the nth degree, and still, very, very few "listeners" ever give music their undivided attention. They only hear the surface, the most obvious elements of the music. Multitask all you want, but can you just focus on the music? Let it really get to you.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees
Press release -- Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman to be Inducted June 14th in NYC. "Each of our 2012 inductees has created a unique range of extraordinary contributions, a body of work that has resonated with audiences around the world, and greatly enriched our global culture," said SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb. "We are looking forward to celebrating their craft and careers at our Annual Awards Gala."

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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