January 17, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, January 17

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.

"Maintain Choice For Everyone" Vint Cerf On Internet (and Google) Regulation #2013CES
By The Trichordist -- Vint Cerf the man credited with being a co-creator of the internet [now chief Internet evangelist for Google] spoke at CES and was asked about internet regulation by and audience member...

Beats Chief Iovine Says He Was Pushing Steve Jobs for an Apple Streaming Service
By Paul Maloney -- Beats Electronics CEO (and Universal Music exec and record industry legend) Jimmy Iovine thinks that when it comes to creating a music service that fans will embrace, the tech guys don't stand a chance.

Next Big Sound's 2012 State of Online Music
By Liv Buli -- Next Big Sound, a data analytics company that measures daily music consumption and purchase decisions around the globe and makes it all available in a single dashboard has compiled their 2012 State of Online Music report.

SoundExchange Announces Record $135 Million 4th Quarter Payments, $462 Million In 2012
By Bruce Houghton -- The total year-end royalty payments represented a 58% from the prior year and the Q4 distribution of 22,000 payments was a nearly 10% increase from its Q3 2012 distribution.

Something New to Munch On: Facebook Feeds Us Graph Search
By Levi Sumagaysay -- Mystery solved. Facebook's revelation today was Graph Search, a feature CEO Mark Zuckerberg says provides "answers, not links" to searches by the social network's users...This sounds useful in a variety of ways — stalkers are probably salivating — but it seems like it depends on how open one's friends are.

Facebook Explains Graph Search and How to Keep Your Privacy [Video]
By Salvador Rodriguez

Social Search and the Difficulties of Discovery
By Somini Sengupta -- ...search on the Internet has shifted in recent years. Search is now what the Web companies call "personalized," or in Facebook-speak, "social." This new kind of search is designed to make more money for industry by helping them target advertising. The companies say it can be useful for consumers, and it well may be in certain circumstances. It also threatens to narrow our horizons.

Facebook's an Immediate Search Threat, but Not to Google
By Hayley Tsukayama

What If Microsoft Exited the Search Business?
By Scott Cleland -- If Microsoft decided to stop losing $2 billion a year and reasonably exited the business for financial reasons like Yahoo did in 2009, it would change everything, from laying bare Google's global monopoly power to cratering Google's Microsoft-dependent antitrust defense.

New Myspace is Publicly Available, Works Well, and Doesn't Matter in the Slightest
By Nathaniel Mott

Lost in Music? These 11 Apps Can Help You Find Your Way
By Aarti Kelapure

Five Pioneers Of Electric Jazz Guitar
By Nick Morrison -- Every guitarist now playing owes something to at least one of these pioneering jazz guitarists.

Video: How the iPhone Guitar, gTar, Is Made in China
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The gTar is a $450 guitar with an iPhone for a brain.

A Night Out With Sam Cooke: 'Harlem Square' Turns 50
By NPR Staff -- Fifty years ago Saturday, Sam Cooke stepped onstage at a club in Miami...Someone picked out a warm Miami date in early 1963: Jan. 12 at the Harlem Square Club...The result was loud, raw, artful and raucous [now considered one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.]

Bird Tweets Mad Beats
By Claudinezap -- It's official: Birds have beats. This beat-dropping parrot has proved that dubstep is not just for the likes of Skrillex.

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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