January 23, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, January 23

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.

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
By Ed Christman

A Revamped Myspace Site Faces a Problem With Rights
By Ben Sisario -- A group that represents independent labels said the revamped social network and music site continues to use members' songs although its deal with the site has expired.

[Pakman supported the anti-creator Internet Radio Fairness Act.]
VIDEO: Ask A VC: Venrock's David Pakman On Digital Music Startups, The New York Tech Scene And More
By Leena Rao -- Pakman was the co-creator of Apple Computer's Music Group and the CEO of music retailer eMusic, and he also co-founded myPlay, which was sold to Bertelsmann's e-commerce group. He also delved into the New York tech scene and discusses what the region will need to become a powerhouse.

Survey Finds Rising Reliance on Libraries as a Gateway to the Web
By Leslie Kaufman -- Free access to computers and the Internet is now nearly as important to library patrons as borrowing books, a Pew Research Center survey says.

Billboard Announces New Streaming Chart
By Jim Donio -- It's not often that Billboard makes major updates to its charts, so the news about the introduction of a new Streaming Songs chart was very interesting. As noted in their announcement, this new chart combines streams of on-demand songs with that of Internet radio streaming.

Facebook's New Graph Search and the Future of Artists on Facebook
By Jason Epstein

What's All this Then? Google's "Ad Cops" Are Missing the Point
By Chris Castle -- ...if they have this staff that searches for "specific attributes that Google finds unsavory", why don't they also search for legitimate advertising that is served to sites that not only are "unsavory" but also violate Google's obligations to the legitimate brands that rely on Google to get it right and serve their ads on sites where they are supposed to be?

CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
By Glenn Peoples

[Digital could spell doom for drive-ins]
Digital Projection Has Drive-in Movie Theaters Reeling
By Laura J. Nelson -- Studios are moving to stop distributing 35-millimeter film prints. Converting to digital is an expense many theaters in the fading drive-in industry can't afford.

How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture
By Noam Cohen -- In the early days of 2011, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology learned that it had an intruder. Worse, it believed the intruder had been there before...

Bargain Alert: SongDasher Lets You Write Songs Fast on iOS
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- This is not an app for recording songs for release; it's for busting out song sketches - fast...SongDasher is a streamlined song crafting tool with six tracks of audio, programmable drum beats, and flexible section-by-section composition.

What A&R Representatives Are Looking For in Musicians
By Katie Reilly -- There's no exact path to tell you to follow if you want a record deal, but there are a few things a record label is likely to consider that will help you stand out from the crowd and prove yourself..

These Are the Best Headphones Ever Made
By Michael Calore -- Yes, that's a pretty tall claim. But most everyone who's heard these headphones - from audiophiles and stereo nerds, all the way down to "normal people" - can agree there's very little else in the world you can place on your head that sounds this good.

[Bela Bartók goes guitar crazy]
VIDEO: Bartók String Quartet on Electric Guitar, Magic of Bluetooth iPad Page Turning
By Peter Kirn -- Here's digital music of a different variety: the stunningly-modern music of Hungarian composer Bela Bartók, transcribed for four electric guitars...

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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