October 09, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, October 9

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.

What A Growing Digital Music Sales Market Really Means
By Glenn Peoples -- Nielsen announced on Tuesday that digital track and albumsales are on track to break new records. That's old news if you follow SoundScan numbers on a regular basis...The fact that digital track sales are up again in 2012 carries a couple of important implications that Nielsen didn't get into.

Is Spotify's Business Model Broken?
By Greg Sandoval -- Financial numbers for privately held Spotify have surfaced and the music service appears to be in a world of hurt.

Are Music Fanatics A Dying Breed?
By Alex May -- ...While listeners have always had strong opinions about the music they like and dislike, the advent of social media and the platform it provides has revealed just how volatile fans can be.

Ad Support Is the Future for Mobile Music
By eMarketer

Facebook's First Billion Users, and Other Key Numbers
By Levi Sumagaysay

YouTube's Copyright Protection System Got A Tweak, Needed An Overhaul
By Fruzsina Eördögh -- YouTube's five-year-old Content ID program, designed to minimize the copyright infringement inherent in accepting user-generated content, once epitomized corporate bullying of small-time creatives. The company took a decisive turn yesterday when it announced an appeals process forusers whose content has been removed or demonetized, plus a new algorithm to identify bogus copyright claims.

US Announces $2.4M In Local Grants To Combat IP Theft
By Maricel Estavillo -- "IP theft is not a victimless crime. It can devastate lives and businesses as well as undermine our nation's financial stability, jeopardize the health of our citizens, and even threaten our national security," US Attorney General Eric Holder said in astatement.

A US Court Is to Consider a Case That Could Determine Whether Digital Media FilesCan Be Resold.
By Kim Gittleson -- One-year-old start-up ReDigi is battling music giant EMIover whether digital music can be retraded after it has been legally purchased....The lawsuit will be closely watched by the wider media industry as it could set a precedent.

I'm a Music Industry CEO. And This Is Why I Tossed Your Resume Into the Trash...
By Paul Resnikoff

Do You Remember When Sony Was Apple?.
By Steve Guttenberg -- There was a time when Sony was the first name in consumer electronics....It's funny, when you look back on it, the iPod was exactly the sort of product Sony used to create. [Thanks to David Basskin for the link.]

Why Polaroid Was the Apple of Its Time
By Geeta Dayal -- It's easy to forget now, but instant camera maker Polaroidonce matched the mythos - and ubiquity - of Apple. Much like Steve Jobs, founder Edwin Land was single-minded in his determination to create uniqueproducts with a strong affinity for design.

12 Sounds That Take You Straight Back To Your Childhood
By Stacy Lambe

Video: The Gregory Brothers 'Songify' the Presidential Debate
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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