January 03, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, January 3

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.

Copyhype: A Look Ahead to 2013
By Terry Hart -- The next year already promises plenty of legal and legislative developments in copyright law, a few of which I want to highlight...

IP and Instagram-a Teaching Moment Perhaps?
By Ellen Seidler -- I had to shake my head when I saw the outraged reaction to Declan McCullagh's story on CNET.com about changes made Instagram's "Terms of Service" that supposedly now give the popular Facebook-owned online photo-sharing service the right to "sell users' photos without payment or notification." ...What struck me was how many of the site's subscribers were suddenly discussing, and expressing concerns about, protecting copyright.

Report Links Google, Yahoo to Internet Piracy Sites
By Dawn C. Chmielewski -- USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab ranked Google and Yahoo among the top 10 advertising networks that support major piracy sites around the world, based on the lab's analysis of online ads that receive the most copyright infringement notices. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

High Volume of Google's Copyright Removal Requests Reveals Magnitude of Piracy Problem, Onerous Burden on Creators
By Chris Ortman

[Why do people who write articles like this forget to include songwriters and composers, the most digitally damaged - and vulnerable - creators of all.]
It's Time for Artists to Fight Piracy as Vigorously as They've Challenged Pandora
By Chris Kornelis

Again, "I Can't Afford the Album," Is the Worst Justification for Piracy
By Chris Kornelis

Tech's Hot New Market: The Poor
By Marcus Wohlsen

Billboard Exclusive - SoundExchange Financials: How Much Paid vs. How Much in Limbo?
By Glenn Peoples

Irving Azoff Stepping Down at Live Nation After Two Years...
By Paul Resnikoff

Aspiring Guitarists Can Start with Strumschool's Skype-style Lessons
By Kira Grunenberg -- Skype's video chatting abilities have helped connect music teachers and students - across state lines, time zones, even whole continents...This is the primary M.O. of Strum School, a service whose mission is described on their website as "help[ing] you learn to play the guitar on your own terms!"

The 9 Step New Year's Resolution For Indie Musicians
By Kelland Drumgoole

Farewell to The Singing Rage
By Eric Kelsey

Why Are Audiophiles Afraid to Admit They're Audiophiles?
By Steve Guttenberg -- You don't have to own an expensive hi-fi to be an audiophile. You just have to enjoy listening - really listening - to music.

Here's What A 3D-Printed Record Sounds Like [Video]
By John Paul Titlow

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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