January 16, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, January 16

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.

Singers and Musicians Are Some of the Most Driven, Courageous People on the Face of the Earth
By David Ackert -- [The observation linked to this headline was altered by someone, and, therefore is slightly different from the observation David Ackert actually offered. The altered version has been spreading across the Net. I link to it because I think it reflects the lifestyle, attitude, and choices of many people who chose to earn their livings by expressing their own artistic creativity - especially singers, musicians and songwriters. Mr. Ackert's original observation is here.]

The Silver Lining of the SOPA Debate
By Sandra Aistars -- Perhaps the single most important victory to claim from last year's debates is that the intense publicity around the bills [SOPA and PIPA] raised awareness about the very nature of creativity on the internet.

2 Music Tech Trends For 2013 I Should Not Have Left Off My List
By Clyde Smith -- One is that music tech companies serving artists will increase their partnerships and interconnections in order to remain competitive and provide more complete solutions. Two is that tech media will finally begin to consistently cover the full range of music tech companies rather than focusing primarily on streaming music companies.

Practicing What She Preaches: A Crowdfunding Discussion with Ariel Hyatt
By Dave Cool

If You Build It, They Might Not Come: Don't Create A Social Ghost Town
By Jessica Stillman -- The rush to build and deploy enterprise social platforms has been on...But as with every building boom, after construction comes the moment of reckoning: Are employees actually buying into these social tools?

There is No Magic Formula For Success
By Tom Dennehy -- Strategic Communications Group CEO Mark Hausman believes he has distilled The 3 Hallmarks of Exceptional Content. Columnist Marcel Williams is convinced he knows The Essential Features of a Hit Record. Their two cents on the subject may be worth a nickel, but as Yogi Berra observed, "a nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

Top 28 Facebook Music Apps: The New Generation
By Eliot Van Buskirk

How To: Control Who Sees Your Listening Habits on Facebook
By Eliot Van Buskirk

Hackers Sentenced for Michael Jackson Music Theft
By Raphael Satter -- A British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment...The pair downloaded nearly 8,000 files, including completed or partial tracks, artwork, and videos relating to Jackson and other unspecified Sony artists.

Why Write Your Own Book When An Algorithm Can Do It For You?
By Adam Popescu -- Phil Parker is unlike any writer you've ever met - or read for that matter. That's because he doesn't write most of his books. Instead, the trained economist uses sophisticated algorithms that can pen a whole book from start to finish in as little as a few minutes.

Orchestrated Text
By Mudlark -- Orchestrated Text is where you enjoy pieces of classical music & read their stories as you listen.

VIDEO: Jody Gerson, Co-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Breaks Down Music Publishing
By Steve Rennie

HFA'S Slingshot Delivers Music Rights Management Services to Google Play
By Music Connection -- HFA's rights management service, Slingshot, will support Google Play as it taps into HFA's comprehensive rights database and extensive publisher relationships to facilitate the licensing of music for use in its music locker and music store. HFA will also provide license administration and process royalty distributions to publishers.

Dollhouse in a Guitar Body

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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