March 06, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, March 6

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.

On Empowering Artists
By Sandra Aistars -- ...copyright is about freedom. It is core to protecting freedom of expression. But it also gives authors the freedom to thrive. Copyright is a unique form of property because, unlike inherited wealth, it springs from an artist's own imagination, hard work and talent...

"Chaining the Most Vigorous Minds of Modern Times to the Footstool of Power"
By Terry Hart

YouTube Looks to Disrupt Spotify, Pandora
By Karsten Strauss -- In what appears to be a clone of Spotify's streaming music model, Google-owned only video power player, YouTube, will make a play for eardrums. Operating on an ad-supported or paid subscription model, the streaming music product has been in the works and rumors have been swirling.

The Game Of Music Discovery
By Marc Ruxin -- With exponentially more music being made today than there was 30 years ago, music discovery has gotten considerably more difficult despite technology's great advances.

Countering The Commoditization Of Music By Giving Credit And Creating Value
By Solveig Whittle -- Ubiquity drives the commoditization of music and other intellectual property, lowering value and decreasing discovery. Giving credit, or attribution, counteracts this effect and creates value...

Shocker: Ad Networks Profit from Piracy
By Chris Castle -- Now here's an interesting article in AdExchanger, a site apparently targeting the ad network trade...It is quite remarkable in the blitheness with which it acknowledges that big brands are funding pirates.

Internet Piracy Getting Worse
By Inquirer Editorial -- The new Copyright Alert System that went into effect last week is a weak response to the rampant Internet theft of music, films, games, and television programs. But it's better than doing nothing to combat the wrongheaded assertion that intellectual property should be free to anyone who can grab it. [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]

UK: British ISPs Ordered to Block File-Sharing Websites - But What About Grooveshark?
By Helienne Lindvall -- As the ISPs named in the court order account for about 94 percent of the market, this means these sites will be unavailable to the vast majority of the British population...Does this mean Grooveshark could be the next site on the chopping board?

The Major Labels Go From 3 to 4
By Bobby Owsinski -- One of the former major players in the music business is back in the game...This is a big deal in that the Big 3 major record labels are now actually expanding to 4. Who could've even conceived that such a thing could ever happen, especially in these days of corporate consolidation?

What to Do After You've Been Hacked
By Mat Honan -- Evernote became the latest member of the "we've been hacked" club. And the thing is, what was once a pretty exclusive club now lets just about everyone in these days.

4 Reasons to Stop Using Flash on Your Band Website
By Dave Cool

The Most Overrated Things in a Musician's Career
By Simon Tam -- Sometimes, we need to get our priorities straight...Let's go over the most overrated ideas, services, and opportunities in a musician's career.

Learn To Finger Drum
By Dan White

Jedi Wannabe Creates Mind-Controlled Video Game
By Salvador Rodriguez -- A Star Wars fan has made a video game that lets players throw virtual objects with their minds but he's having trouble selling it because people don't believe it works...

The Weirdest Music on Rdio
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Take a trip down to the follicles on the tip of the end of the long tail of music, and join us as we work our way through the obscure, bizarre music on the Tumblr, Rdio Obscuritites.

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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