April 09, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 9

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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 ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

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Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Copyright (FAQ)
By William Ruiz -- At the Copyright Alliance, we regularly receive questions from artists and creators regarding copyright issues. Because there are numerous resources available to help answer those questions, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions guide incorporating resources from the U.S. Copyright Office, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and also from the Alliance's membership to help navigate the many copyright issues people may encounter on a day-to-day basis.

Pandora and Spotify Execs See Their Sites as Rock Stars -- Literally
By Joe Kukura -- The moderator played a little game with the Internet radio executives participating in the ad:tech closing session, a panel on digital music called "Digital Killed the Radio Star." With senior executives from Pandora and Spotify onstage, plus the founders of Turntable.fm and TastemakerX, moderator Brad Berens asked, "If your website were a musical artist, which musical artist would you be?"

The True Costs of Facebook Addiction: Low Self-Esteem And Poor Body Image
By Alice G. Walton -- In case we didn't quite grasp the vastness of social media's power over us, two new studies help hammer the point home. Facebook has some decided benefits, but it can also, apparently, mess with our minds, drawing us into dependence and luring us to make unhealthy comparisons between ourselves and others.

How Preteens Use Web Apps to Collaborate
By Alicia Eler -- "I'm seeing kids skipping more traditional and print-based applications and going right to the Internet, and I'm seeing that as young as two years old." says Jennifer Jolly, digital lifestyle parenting editor for Tecca.com. "They are integrating the hands-on with the visual for a multi-sensory learning experience."

How Parents Can Help Their Preteens Navigate the Social Web
By Alicia Eler

How Google Glasses Make A Persistent, Pervasive Surveillance State Inevitable
By Kashmir Hill

Reps. Blackburn and Maloney, and Human Rights Advocates Call on Google to Stop Profiting from Human Trafficking Advertising
By Chris Castle -- According to The Hill and Politico, Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Carolyn Maloney authored a bi-partisan letter to Google CEO Larry Page calling on Google to do a number of things voluntarily regarding human trafficking advertising that Google may be selling....Goldman Sachs is selling its interest in Village Voice Media to distance itself from sex-trafficking profits.  So what will Google do?

Legendary Music Blogger Sean Adams on 'Slow Death of MP3 Blogging'
By Eliot Van Buskirk

MusicGrid.me: Everyone's a Critic
By Andy Cush

How to Handle Problems in the Band
By Simon Tam -- Every group will go through some kind of major disagreement that could possibly dismantle the band. Huge levels of success won't solve those issues; in fact, they tend to sharpen those differences even if you are bound by family (just look at the Kings of Leon or Oasis). So how do you handle those problems or minimize the damage?  Here are some tips to reduce the heat of the situation in your band...

Twitter for Musicians and Artists
By Twitter Media

Introducing All 47 Spotify iOS Apps
By Connor McKnight -- Spotify has made waves about the apps in the desktop version, but has been cagier about the mobile apps that take advantage of its content. It got us thinking, how many great Spotify-enabled apps on iPhone, could you be missing out on all along?

9 All-Time Bad Tech Predictions
By Bobby Owsinski

I Love the 70s: Complete Issues of Synapse Mag, A Look at Electronic Music's Past
By Peter Kirn -- "Everything old is new again" certainly could be no more true than in electronic music, in which futuristic possibility is constantly expanded by our history, a tradition in finding alien, new sounds. So it's a great pleasure to go back and read articles from electronic music's past.

Top Songwriter Chart: March 2012
By Songtrust

ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO - The Ultimate Songwriters Convention
By Hisham Dahud -- Geared heavily towards songwriters, composers, publishers, and producers, the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO takes place at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles April 19-21. Launched in 2006, the EXPO is the national conference dedicated to strictly songwriting and composing. With over 75 panels and more than 200 panelists, the event provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, publishers, producers - and the industry professionals that support them - to come together to share knowledge and expertise.

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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