January 08, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, January 8

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.

The 'Digital Economy' in 2012: A Big Noisy Hole Where Money Should Be
By Andrew Orlowski -- What Facebook is doing is merely what Google wants to enact in legislation, and which its "citizens groups" lobby for so hard behind the scenes: a massive value transfer from individuals to large internet companies. Care about your digital rights? Too bad - while you were fretting about the internet "breaking," your rights were disappearing.

More Evidence Ad Dollars Fuel Web Piracy
By Ellen Seidler -- I was happy to see today's "Advertising Transparency Report" issued by USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab that documents the flow of ad dollars from legit companies to pirate websites...As I've noted in the past, advertisers are usually extremely careful, and cognizant, about where their advertising appears. Why the sudden lack of concern for their ad placements online?

Ray Kurzweil Says He'll Get 'Unlimited Resources' to Work on AI at Google
By Kelly Faircloth -- Last month, Ray Kurzweil, the unofficial president of the singularity booster club, took a job at Google. This, of course, inspired much breathless speculation about just how a company in possession of an enormous treasure trove of our data plans to employ such a thinker.

Most Popular Intellectual Property and Technology Law Blogs
By Barry Sookman -- One of the best ways to stay on top of IP/Tech legal developments is by subscribing to blogs...Over the holidays, and with the help of McCarthy Tetrault articling student Addison Cameron-Huff, I ranked them by popularity. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Spotify Stops Selling Downloads in Europe (Boring), Prepares Update (Exciting)
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Pardon us for our United States-centricity...[but] the idea that Spotify Europe and UK had a download store in the first place is weirder than the news that they are killing it off...

Why Isn't Radiohead's In Rainbows on Spotify?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- It's 2013, which means nearly five years have past since Radiohead became the story in digital music by releasing its stunning In Rainbows album on the band's website for any price the customer was willing to pay - including nothing at all...So...why is In Rainbows out of Spotify?

A Robust Year for Concert Sales, But With Graying Headliners
By Ben Sisario -- Sales of concert tickets, a vital measurement of the health of the music industry, returned to their former strength in 2012 after two slow years, with Madonna and Bruce Springsteen leading the most popular tours. The results, however, point to two trends that have long worried critics of the business: rising prices and the predominance of aging superstars whose fans care little about their new material.

Record 5-Year Prison Term Handed to Convicted File Sharer
By David Kravets

Apple Tops 40 Billion App Downloads with Almost Half in 2012
By Lisa Rapaport

Year in Apps: The Biggest Hits, Misses and Absolute Fails of 2012
By Alexandra Chang

UK: Profits Double for Andrew Lloyd Webber as West End Shows Defy Downturn
By Katherine Rushton

Iamus: Is this the 21st Century's Answer to Mozart?
By Sylvia Smith -- "We have taught a computer to write musical scores," says Gustavo Diaz-Jerez, software consultant and pianist. Now we can produce modern classical music at the touch of a button."

Fish and Music Swim Together with the "Fish Harp"
By Kira Grunenberg

[You know you always get me with this stuff Bobby...]
Clyde Stubblefield - The Funky Drummer
By Bobby Owsinski -- If you have any interest in funk, you'll love this video. It's a clinic with Clyde Stubblefield, one of the originators of funk and a mainstay with James Brown's band for many years. In this video you'll see first hand how to play the "Funky Drummer" beat as well as hear how some of those great JB songs were written.

This Musician Got His Stolen iPhone Back By Pretending To Be A Hot Girl On Dating Site
By Associated Press -- A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.

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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