January 15, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, January 15

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.

ASCAP Launches New PLAY MUSIC Licensing Campaign
By ASCAP -- Simple, low-cost, no reporting license for websites and mobile apps.

The Copyright Policy Reality Gap
By The Trichordist -- Now is the time to have a serious and meaningful conversation about the future of a fair and ethical internet that does not punish the innovative artists and creators who enrich our lives.

Hotfile, Megaupload, and the Future of Copyright on the Internet: What can Cyberlockers Tell Us About DMCA Reform?
By Ross Drath -- How would a body of copyright law built to regulate tangible objects apply in the digital realm? The safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, intended as a compromise between the interests of copyright owners and webhosts, have instead introduced legal uncertainty and allocated the costs of online enforcement both inefficiently and disproportionately. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Facebook: Want to Message Ceo Mark Zuckerberg? That Will Be $100
By Jessica Guynn -- Facebook is testing a new feature that would let average Joes and Janes pay cash to get their messages into the inboxes of Facebook users they don't know. (Pay nothing and your message ends up in the dreaded "other folder.")

Tumblr More Popular than Facebook Among Young People, Survey Says
By Salvador Rodriguez

[Yeah. but...Where's the cash, Flash?]
Pandora's Tim Westergren Offers Artists Tour Support
By Jon Healey -- Speaking to a room full of technology executives and policymakers, Pandora founder Tim Westergren pitched his online radio service as a ladder into the middle class for working musicians.

How Money-Losing Pandora Could Become Profitable...If It Wanted To
By Jim Edwards

Looking For Radio's Future? Check The Car
By John Paul Titlow -- You'd think terrestrial radio would be at death's door by now...But FM radio is going strong and Internet services comprise only a tiny percentage of total listening time. Now, though, more and better in-car integrations are about to give Internet radio a huge shove into the future.

Music Site This Is My Jam Could Spin Out From Echo Nest
By Bobbie Johnson -- A year after it launched as a skunkworks project inside music data company The Echo Nest, trendy social music site This Is My Jam is "looking at options" for going independent - as well as getting ready to launch some fun new site exploration features.

Rock & Pop Still Dominate U.S. Digital Music Sales
By Bruce Houghton

Pay TV Will Shrink for First Time in History, Study Says Cable Watching Peaked in 2011
By Jeff John Roberts -- For the first time ever, the number of U.S. households paying for TV service will go down. The news comes as a tipping point in consumers' struggles to break away from a TV industry that forces them to buy bundles of channels.

Five Best Desktop Media Servers
By Alan Henry -- Getting your music and movies from one computer to another computer across the house or across the world has never been easier. There are tons of apps designed to make the process simple and painless so you can watch movies on your smartphone when you're out, or just listen to the music on your desktop downstairs in your upstairs bedroom.

Dithering - Adding "Good Noise" to Improve Your Home Recordings
By Izotope -- What is dithering? In your English class, to "dither" means to act nervously or indecisively. When we're talking about digital audio and home studio recording, dithering is the process of adding noise to the audio signal.

Your Friends Are Liars: What People REALLY Think of Your Music!
By Chris Robley -- Look, your parents and your partner and your neighbors are not going to tell you that your music sucks. Neither will your co-workers, your church friends, or the people you play rugby with on Wednesdays. Your cousins, your counselor, your drinking-buddies, your favorite barista - nope, can't trust them either...Your friends are not true fans!

Winner! The Worst Product At CES 2013
By Jon Mitchell

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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