January 10, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, January 10

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.

Three Reasons Copyright is Not a Monopoly
By Terry Hart -- The criticism that copyright is a "monopoly" is often bandied about. Most recently, we've seen it pop up in certain conservative critiques of copyright law, like Derek Khanna's memo last November, but it is undoubtedly a recurring argument that stretches back centuries...

Over the Past Two Years, Streaming Subscriptions Have Quadrupled In the US...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Actually, more than quadrupled. Which is quite astounding considering that most Americans had no idea that Spotify or Muve even existed two years ago.

eMusic Opens Store to Non-subscribers
By Tina Hart

Why Being On Oprah Was The Worst Day of My Life
By Ariel Hyatt -- Why am I telling you all this? It's to explain why I'm so passionate about social media.

"Change Congress" or the Triumph of Cronyism? Should Google Lobbyists be Radioactive?
By Chris Castle

[Get a load of the names that will live in infamy on this panel!]
CES..."Pro-Artist Copyright Policy Panel" Features (Only) Anti-Copyright Advocates and Google Named Shills
By The Trichordist -- Wow, these people are so opposed to a balanced conversation they couldn't actually invite a single artist rights representative!

Russell Simmons and Brian Robbins Talk All Def Digital
By Dawn C. Chmielewski -- Def Jam label co-founder Russell Simmons and veteran television and film producer Brian Robbins have joined forces to launch the new YouTube channel All Def Digital (ADD), a name that hints at the partners' ambitions to create entertainment for a diverse audience of viewers who have been jokingly labeled the short-attention-span generation.

Studios, Electronics Companies Partner to Promote Ultraviolet
By Ben Fritz -- Seeking to accelerate their Ultraviolet digital initiative in order to keep consumers buying movies as they abandon traditional discs, six Hollywood studios announced a promotional partnership with top electronics companies at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday.

Bill Loosens Rules for Sharing What You've Watched on Netflix
By Peter Suciu -- With just one "OK," Netflix subscribers will be able to activate a system that automatically tells their Facebook friends what they just watched...That could lead to more revenue for the services, as well as some "uh, oh" moments for viewers who may forget who's watching what they're watching.

Dave Ramsey on the Future of Radio's Business Model
By Mark Ramsey -- As the demands of radio's business change - as advertisers look beyond ratings to effectiveness - how should broadcasters adapt.

A New Battery That Could Revolutionize Wearables
By Katie Fehrenbacher

'Li-Fi' Provides a Light Bulb Moment for Wireless Web
By George Webster -- German physicist Herald Haas and his team at the UK's University of Edinburgh, are the brains behind a new patented technology that uses beams of flickering light to transmit digital information wirelessly, a process known as Visible Light Communication (VLC).

What Constitutes Good and Bad Web Design?
By Alice Rawsthorn -- Just think of how often you feel irritated or flummoxed by an inexplicably confusing Web site.

They Went Together Like a Horse and Carriage
By Will Friedwald -- The question most inevitably asked of songwriters is always, "What comes first, the words or the music?" Lyricist Sammy Cahn, whose centennial is being celebrated this year alongside that of his most celebrated partner, composer Jimmy Van Heusen, had a ready-made answer: "The phone call."...[Thanks to David Basskin for the link.]

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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