March 26, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, March 26

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.

Again - It's Not Either/Or
By Neil Turkewitz -- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently posed a binary question - "Now is the moment for India to decide what kind of internet it wants for them: an open internet that benefits all or a highly regulated one that inhibits innovation." Is that really the limit of our choices?

Movie Review of "Google and the World Brain"
By Scott Cleland -- Google's many innovations are well known. What has not been appreciated until the debut of this outstanding documentary film is how Google's frenetic innovation machine fits together.

9 Fascinating Facts About How the World Uses Social Networks
By Caitlin Dewey -- The team at, a popular link-tracking service, has come out with an interesting new analysis on how people use social media around the world.

Is Facebook Passe? YouTube Is #1 Social Network For Teens
By Bruce Houghton -- A new IPSOS MediaCT and Wikia poll of 1203 13-to-18-year olds confirms it, showing 93% checked YouTube weekly, while just 65% check Facebook.

Pandora CFO Predicts Better Scaled Royalty Payments...
By Glenn Peoples -- [With the money Pandora pays for music being divided MORE THAN 14 TO 1 between record labels/artists and songwriters/publishers, I think it's time for Pandora's payments to be better balanced. DK]

Test Run: Rdio vs. Spotify for Streaming Music
By Nick Bilton -- ...Spotify often wins with its might and size, touting millions more users than Rdio. Yet Rdio has become my go-to music app for one distinct reason.

Flattr: Is This a Valid Business Model for Musicians, a Vanity Project, or a Scam?
By Helene Lindvall -- In 2010 Peter Sunde, one of the men behind The Pirate Bay, launched a micro-payment venture called Flattr...['nough said?]

Pheed Monetizes Social Media But Is It The Powerhouse The Press Is Claiming?
By Clyde Smith -- Pheed is an interesting social media and content monetization network that is worth checking out for a number of reasons...But its growth seems a bit manufactured...

How Verizon's Bundle Busting Cable Hack Could End the Golden Age of Television
By Dave Thier

CANADA: The Average Canadian Indie Artist Earns a Whopping $7,228 a Year Playing Music, plus Some Other Industry Stats
By David Berry -- [Thanks to David Basskin for the link.]

You're Talented. How Come You're Still Broke?
By Ches Christian -- By the end of this post, you might be annoyed with me. And that's good. It means that you'll be making money very soon.

Want to Build a Carbon Fiber Guitar? This Workshop Teaches You How
By Annaliza Savag

How To: Equalize Mac for iTunes, Spotify, Everything Else
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- If you're on a Mac, there's an easy way to set a global equalizer across everything - iTunes, browsers, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iHeartRadio, or whatever else you listen to.

BioBeats Controls Music With Heartbeats Because Its Co-Founder Almost Died
By Eliot Van Buskirk

More People Have Access to Cellphones than Toilets
By Eric Pfeiffe

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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