November 19, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for November 19

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.

Should Intellectual Property Rights be the New Civil Rights in America?
By Raymond Millien -- [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

How to Avoid Accidental Dealings with Pirates
By David Hahn -- As Captain Jack Sparrow said in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, "Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly...stupid." His quote brings to mind the debate regarding supporting peer-to-peer file sharing sites with advertising....

United Kingdom: YouTube Videos Make People Money, But Songwriters Rarely See Any Of It
By Helienne Lindvall -- There's a certain irony to the fact that in an era when outside songwriters and producers are used more than ever (well, at least since the heyday of writers such as Bacharach/David in 1960s) - they've been decimated when it comes to revenue share. They have almost disappeared completely when it comes to being credited for their work - online. [Thanks to Helienne Lindvall for the link.]

Justin Timberlake Unveils Myspace Where Artists and Fans Interact
By Laura J. Nelson -- Can Justin Timberlake bring the sexy back to Myspace? That's the question the singer-actor tried to answer Thursday during a glitzy unveiling of the redesigned website that was once the world's largest social network.

Pandora Releases Android App Update with Lyrics and Social Features
By Janko Roettgers

Spotify to Begin Rolling Out Browser-Based Music App in Beta
By Ellis Hamburger -- A browser-based player has been one of Spotify's most requested features...A web player opens up Spotify to people who don't want to (or aren't allowed to) download apps, and is also simply a nice feature for current users who want to bring their music to a friend's house.

Fred Wilson Wary on Music Investments; Questions Spotify's Valuation, Apple's Music Leadership
By Yinka Adegoke -- Wilson, who through his firm Union Square Ventures has backed some of the fastest growing start-ups of last decade (including Twitter, FourSquare and Tumblr), said of looking at music investments in general, "I've felt that the desire of both sides of the issue -- on the tech side and music -- to work in partnership wasn't there." He said that more recent negotiations with music companies have been improving.

Yamaha Extends Marketing Efforts With Launch Of Indie Label
By Clyde Smith -- The Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has extended its deep relationship with musicians with the launch of an indie record label under the Yamaha Entertainment Group of America. Though comparable to such innovative corporate experiments as that of Red Bull Records and Hard Rock Records, these comparisons pale in the light of Yamaha's even longer history of artist support.

[Oh, you mean music used in games should be licensed? Hey, they're only games...right?...that sell millions of copies!]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PC Pulled from Digital Shops for Music Licensing Issues
By Sean Ridgeley

PulseLocker Launches "Spotify For DJs"
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- DJs need to add effects, trigger loops, cross-fade between tracks, set cue points, and employ all sorts of other fancy footwork to keep the crowd dancing. This requires storing music on a laptop rather than streaming it from the cloud. And the file has to play, no matter what, with no lag, so any sort of DRM file protection is out of the question...Pulselocker, the world's first subscription service for DJs, gets around this sticking point...

Using The New YouTube Branding Features
By Bobby Owsinski -- YouTube continues to roll out new features, sometimes without promoting them. One of the those unpromoted new features is a new way to brand your channel and videos.

How To Promote Your Band Using Custom Tabs On Facebook
By Andrew Apanov

Music to Write By: 10 Top Authors Share Their Secrets for Summoning the Muse
By Steve Silberman

How To Unfriend Fans of Horrible Music on Facebook
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Here's how to identify the fans of any band on Facebook, for potential unfriending, mockery, or whatever else you want to do.

[I'm sorry.]
Urine The Money
By Sarah Mitroff

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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