February 22, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, February 22

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.

Business beckons. Back next Thursday

The Vine Should Suffer, Not the Artist.
By David Newhoff -- W. Somerset Maughm in Of Human Bondage writes, "Money is like a sixth sense, without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five." This is instructive as to how I believe most working artists relate to money -- as a means, not an end.

Steven Tyler to Take Part in Keynote Interview at ASCAP EXPO
By ASCAP -- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will take part in a keynote interview at the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO with entertainment journalist Roger Friedman. The interview will be on Thursday, April 18th – the day after the rocker accepts the ASCAP Founders Award at the 30th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards with Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry.

Big Internet's Most Special Interests
By Scott Cleland -- Let's review Big Internet's most special appetite for special treatment, favoritism and an unlevel-playing-field-advantage.

RIAA Says Google's Attempts to Fight Piracy in Search Results Are Ineffective
By Greg Sandoval

The Misplaced Zeal of Aaron Swartz
By Chris Ruen -- If the many calls to continue Swartz' work in his memory are appropriate, we shouldn't shrink from those areas where his work was half-baked or based upon mistaken concepts.

iTunes Update Adds New Composer View, Boosts Sync Performance
By Nick Peers -- [With its new composer function, iTunes is one of the first digital distributors to recognize that the creators of music actually exist!]

Spotify Asks Labels To Pay Less, Expand Free Mobile [REPORT]
By Bruce Houghton -- Spotify has started its periodic licensing renegotiations with the major labels, and this round is shaping up to be a difficult one. In an effort to be profitable, Spotfy is seeking a significant reduction in what it pays to play music along with an extension of its free music offering to mobile.

Twitter Begins Integrating Advertising Software
By Gerry Shih -- Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it is opening up its platform to third-party advertising management software, taking another step to establish its ad-based business model ahead of an initial public offering.

How To Get Your Music Video Viewed 1,000 Times In One Day
By Cheryl B. Engelhardt -- I'm starting to learn that music promotion is not just about amazing content, it's about how you share it.

Rhapsody Signs With Harry Fox To Support International Expansion
By Bruce Houghton

Band Interview Tips: How to Make the Most Out of Your Interview
By Simon Tam -- If you do a scan online, you can find many articles about how to interview a band and what kinds of questions to ask a band, but there aren't many things about what bands can do to prepare for and leverage an interview.

Hearing Music Is Learned Trait
By Bobby Owsinski -- As with so many other factors, our early environment forms our musical tastes for life.

A Visit to the Library of Congress
By Terry Hart -- Today, the Library is the largest in the world, with over 150 million items in its collection, including over 20 million books. [Check out the National Jukebox] It's also worth noting (since this is a copyright blog) that since 1897, the Library of Congress has housed the U.S. Copyright Office.

Amazing Video: Leap Orchestra at Music Hack Day SF 2013
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- ...Its creators say it's "more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen," and "for the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements."

The Physics Of The Mosh Pit
By Bobby Owsinski -- Ever think that a mosh pit was just a bunch of young guys with too much testosterone that randomly beat each other up to the music of their favorite metal band? Well, think again as researchers from Cornell University have found a distinct correlation between moshers and gas particles.

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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