September 18, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, September 18

The ASCAP Daily Brief

Cutting through the media clutter to bring you relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your livelihood.

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

Majority of Academic Research Finds Piracy Harms Media Sales
By Sandra Aistars -- A new academic study published in August reviewed the existing literature on the impact of piracy on sales of media products...With one exception, all of the papers we are aware of which have been published in major peer-reviewed academic journals find evidence of statically significant harm to sales of recently released content as a result of illegal file sharing.

Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'
By Brid-Aine Parnell -- Manchester is Britain's biggest cove of pirate downloaders...The northern city is the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study by London-headquartered Musicmetric...The music monitoring service said that UK internet users illicitly nabbed 43 million copies of singles and albums from BitTorrent networks...

Copyright Doesn't Limit Online Speech
By Adam Mossoff -- Does copyright censor speech? In short: no...The right to free speech is the right to express one's thoughts without censorship by the government. Copyright does not prohibit anyone from creating their own original novels, songs or artworks. Importantly, copyright does not stop people from thinking, talking or writing about copyrighted works...Why then are copyright owners accused of violating free speech rights when all they are doing is filing lawsuits in court to stop people from copying or using their books, songs and movies without paying for this privilege? [Thanks to Harriet Melvin for the link.]

Unique Survey Shows Revealing Data About Social Network Use
By Hannah Clare

Pirate Bay Now Gone from (Google's) Autocomplete But Still Tops Search Results
By Chris Castle

The Hot Seat: Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin
By Lars Brandle -- Charles Caldas is something of an indie magician. Back in 2007, the one-time Shock Records CEO pulled Merlin out of thin air, creating what was described at the time as the world's "virtual fifth major." More than five years on, Merlin seemingly has some new tricks to show off.

Spotify Pricing Staying Put
By Glenn Peoples -- Digital music service is set on its current prices as reports spread that the company is working on a browser-based version.

For a Fee, Streaming Local TV
By Jenna Wortham -- Aereo picks up local broadcast channels like Fox and ABC and streams them over the Internet to mobile devices and TV sets. Its subscribers, who can record shows to watch later, pay fees starting at $8 a month. (Aereo's chief technology officer Joe Lipowski believes the service) " not a copyright issue,"... Broadcasters do not see it that way...

A Changing Music Industry Calls for Unconventional Marketing and Promotion
By Knar Bedian -- The music industry's troubles are well documented, hinging on contradictory realities: Music is too free to be expensive and too expensive to be free. People no longer spend money on music automatically, so promoting it is arguably more important than ever. One approach is to try to "turn your band into a virus." Let's take a look at three other proven ways to promote music: merchandise, apps, and location.

How To Sell Your Music On iTunes - The Important Facts Some Leave Out
By Shaun Letang -- iTunes is a platform to sell your music, NOT a marketing tool.

Hype Machine For Spotify Makes It Easy To Listen To Your Favorite Blogs
By Brenna Ehrlich -- Want an easy way to both listen to all the tunes posted on your favorite blogs AND find even more blogs and tunes to consume with gusto? Well, Hype Machine's Spotify app has you covered.

Best Tablets And Computers For Recording & Editing Music
By Nicky Elkins

Arkansas Town Capitalizes on its Brush with the Beatles
By Suzi Parker -- A farming town in northeastern Arkansas is hoping that an unexpected visit by The Beatles nearly 50 years ago can get its economy rocking again.

When Swings Are Music Apps, People Win
By Eliot Van Buskirk

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. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). Click here to read his full bio

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