January 11, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, January 11

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.

Levi's Was First. Now, Several Major Brands Want to Pull Their Pirate Site Advertising...
By Paul Resnikoff -- It's amazing how quickly major brands will react when public perception is on the line. Which is exactly what's happening here: less than a week after releasing its first report on the level of major brand advertising on pirate sites, researchers at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab are starting to get phone calls...

YouTube Allows Pirate "Partners" to Profit From Illegal Movie Uploads
By Ellen Seidler -- I was on YouTube recently and came across another, not so surprising, downside to their content monetization...How about uploading an entire movie and earning money off it even if you don't own the rights? Well, on YouTube it's apparently pretty easy.

Free Culture's Epic Fail - If Free is Working, Why Fight Copyright?
By The Trichordist -- The epic fail of the free culture and copytheft movement is to have so little faith in their own philosophy...

With All Content Moving Mobile, Karen McGrane Writes, The API's The Thing
By Anthony Wing Kosner -- I wrote recently about the prediction that the world's 360 million websites will become "appified" over the next 10 years. As much as everyone thinks that apps are all about programming, design and making everything fast, the real struggle, it turns out, will be dealing with all that content.

The Average Apple App Download Makes 17.5 Cents
By Tim Worstall

Amazon Steps up Digital Music Competition with Apple
By Alistair Barr -- Amazon launched Amazon AutoRip, which gives customers free digital versions of music CDs they purchase from the world's largest Internet retailer. The digital music files are automatically stored in customer libraries in remote datacenters run by Amazon, where they are available to play or download immediately through the company's Cloud Player service, the company said.

Spotify Is Now Deploying 6 Different Types of Cookies...
By Paul Resnikoff -- ...the average Spotify user could be saddled with dozens of tracking cookies, even when Spotify is not being used. And if that sounds bad, Facebook is probably putting that number to shame.

[Every time you turn around there's a new shuffle to get lost in.]
More than 5,000 Music Projects Funded by Kickstarter in 2012
By Tim Ingham

So Much Music... Have We All Blown Our Attention Spans?
By Nicolas Rizzi

Can the Creation of Music Be Crowdsourced? Ericsson and DJ Avicii Think it Can
By Kevin Fitchard -- Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has agreed to work with network builder Ericsson to experiment with a crowdsourced music composition.

Interview with David Herrera - Renowned Music Video Director
By Christine Infanger -- For ten years, David Herrera (who also works under the alias rebus101) has been recognized as one of the most esteemed and respected music video directors in the business today. Drawing on his experience as a musician, illustrator, and filmmaker, Mr. Herrera has worked with artists ranging from Erykah Badu and Kyle Krone to Mnemonic and Andrew Bird...

The Zivix Jamstik Is An Absolutely Amazing Portable MIDI Guitar For Beginners And Pros
By John Biggs

Rhythm Section Mix Balance Tips
By Bobby Owsinski -- The rhythm section is the heart and soul of a song as it provides both the pulse and the key center, and that's why it's so important to get the correct balance in a mix.

Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor
By Gwen Thompkins -- If you've ever heard New Orleans piano greats like Fats Domino, Eddie Bo, James Booker or Dr. John, you've already met Professor Longhair in the ether. Allen Toussaint, a piano player who's written and produced music for more than 50 years, says the late musician's work defies comparison.

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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