May 03, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 3

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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.

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Google Says "It's Our Web" - And They Bought it Fair and Square
By Chris Castle -- Google probably is wishing that whichever Ivy League idiot thought of rebranding their anti-SOPA campaign site with the double entendre "It's Our Web" had not been quite so...uh...transparent...about it all. Because it certainly is "their web" and they bought it fair and square according to the New York Times.

Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition
By Eriq Gardner -- Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group, is about to go to trial in a case that will determine what money is owed over digital music to producers of many hit Eminem records. Meanwhile, in another case...the plaintiffs are demanding to see trial exhibits, expert reports, depositions and other documents from the Eminem case. The discovery request has brought a strong objection from Apple Inc...

Digital Music's Squeezed Middle
By Mark Mulligan -- Currently the digital music market is polarized between a fight for the top and a fight for the bottom...Lost in between are those music fans who are engaged enough to want more than ad supported, PC-tethered music but who don't want to pay 4.99 upwards for the privilege. For as long as the squeezed middle remains un-catered to, the total market will remain stuck in decline or stodgily slow growth.

Creative Community Responds to USTR's Special 301 Report For 2012
By Sandra Aistars -- ...the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the office's annual "Special 301" Report on intellectual property rights and enforcement by US trading partners around the world...While this report confirms that the creative community continues to face steep challenges both in terms of copyright enforcement and market access, it also demonstrates that the ongoing work by Ambassador Kirk and having positive effects.

U.K. High Court Orders ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay
By Chloe Albanesius

The Cities That Are Most Influential To Music
By Music 3.0 -- While London, New York and Paris are the leaders in fashion, it's been assumed that the media centers of Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and London do the same for music. Now two researchers from the Clique Research Cluster in Ireland have research that compiles data from 200 cities going back to 2003 that finally sifts through 60 billion pieces of data to finally determine if that assumption is really true. What did they find? [Study: The Graphic Flow Of Music.]

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em: Indie Music Embraces Streaming Music
By Bruce Houghton -- It's no secret that some in the indie music community believe that Spotify, Rdio and other streaming music services don't pay enough to musicians and labels, and may cannibalize sales. True or love streaming music. Knowing that a core tenant of modern music marketing is to listen to the fans, some indie musicians are embracing streaming...

Spotify for iPad Arrives, Aims to Become 'The OS of Music'
By Randall Roberts

What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek To Be Worth $308 Million
By Glenn Peoples -- It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the Sunday Times...That Daniel Ek could be worth $308 million is a statement on how the market perceives Spotify. No other privately held digital music service - and none not owned by Apple - has such high expectations and defines its category so well...

What the Rise of Original Web Shows Means for TV's Future
By John Paul Titlow -- Snatch up all the set-top boxes, smart HDTVs and second screen apps you want. The future of television will still, at its core, be about one thing: content.

The Problem With False Content
By Refe Tuma -- The rise of social media has led to the proliferation of false content. I define false content as any content created for the sole purpose of SEO optimization, traffic bait or conversion without additional informational value. For example, if I were to write a post called How to Make Money in Music Without Even Trying, and then filled it with content like this...

How to Begin a Career in the Music Industry: Advice to the Graduating Class of 2012
By Frank Woodworth -- So the big day is fast approaching. You are leaving the ivory tower of college in a few weeks and are about to enter the work force. Most likely the only thought on your mind is how to get a job...Your goal...should not be to find a job, but rather to develop a career...Think of your career development in four levels...

If 'DIY' Is Killing You, Then Please Read This...
By Paul Resnikoff

The Ten Richest Millionaires in Music
By Sarah Coles

Fostering Creativity: Advice From John Cleese
By Chris Robley

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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