January 14, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, January 14

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.

Bluntschli: On Authors' Rights, Munich (1853)
By Terry Hart -- Recent months have brought increased attention to copyright law and its reform. What's most troubling about some of these calls for reform have been their mischaracterization of the nature of copyright - as, say, government regulation - and grossly inaccurate historical claims concerning the origins and development of the law.

Paying Attention to the Echo Chamber at CES Copyright Panel Discussion
By David Newhoff -- The subject of the discussion was "A pro-artist/pro-innovation approach to copyright," although the panel did not include anyone representing any counterpoint from contemporary artists...Of course, had the panel included an independent filmmaker, a small record label producer, a photographer, or an independent musician, the conversation might have been forced to settle down from its lofty heights and overused talking points poking "the content industry" into the nuts and bolts of everyday realities faced by middle and working-class creators.

9 Amazing Social Media Facts
By Bobby Owsinski

YouTube's Dirty Little Secret
By Brian Hazard -- Ever spotted a terrible video on YouTube with an inconceivably high view count? Of course you have. Would it make you feel better knowing that most of those "views" were completely automated and only lasted 30 seconds with the sound turned off?

iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004
By Owen Thomas

With 'Daisy,' Beats Electronics Bets on Digital Music
By Ben Sisario -- Memo to Spotify: Beats Electronics is coming for you.

Rhapsody to Launch in 16 European Countries - Report
By Rhian Jones

YouTube's Three-Plus Year Copyright Battle With German Music Rights Agency Rumbles On
By Natasha Lomas -- A copyright dispute that has blocked German YouTube users' access to certain music videos continues to rumble on with little sign of a resolution - despite going on for more than three years already. Today GEMA, the German music royalties collection agency at the centre of the dispute, announced it has broken off its latest round of negotiations with YouTube.

Moosify Flips the Script: Meet People Through Music
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Moosify, a new Spotify app, flips that script, filling a gap that Facebook has pretty much said it's going to stay away from: It introduces people to each other if A) They like similar music, and B) They are somewhat nearby.

Cruise Control: Run Automatically Matches Music to Your Running Pace
By Thorin Klosowski -- It's no secret that a good running mix can make your exercise more enjoyable, but building your own playlist takes a bit of work. If you want to skip that process, Cruise Control: Run automatically scans your library and builds running playlists based on the pace you want to run

[I love the cassette cartel.]
2012 Cassette Single Sales Triple In UK
By Clyde Smith -- The UK's Official Charts Company keeps up with not only cassette sales but the sales of cassette singles aka cassingles. In 2012 they tripled to 604 units sold!

The Story of Barry McGuire's Hit,"Eve of Destruction"
By BarryMcGuire.com

How's This For A New Speaker Technology?
By Bobby Owsinski -- ...you can't really call these JVC Kenwood wireless speakers outside the box exactly, because they are the box.

Hear Your Favorite Theme Songs Played by a Floppy-Drive Orchestra
By Laura Hudson -- While making music with computers is nothing new, it's rarely quite so literal as the melodies of Youtube user MrSolidSnake74, who transformed eight floppy disk drives into an orchestra of MIDI magic.

No Rest for the Dead With Surround-Sound Coffin
By Reuters -- A Swedish man has designed a coffin with built-in speakers linked to a music playlist that can be updated by the living.

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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