April 02, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 2

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.

Capitol Wins Digital Records Lawsuit vs ReDigi Start-up
By Jonathan Stempel and Alistair Barr -- US District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan said ReDigi was not authorized to allow listeners to use its platform to buy and sell "used" digital music tracks originally bought from Apple Inc's iTunes website. The decision made public on Monday is a blow to early efforts to create online marketplaces for used digital goods...

2013 Music Financing Hits $130 Million, Up 54.9%...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The first quarter numbers are in, and they're dripping with hope.

[Having worked with Roger on the ASCAP board, all I can say is that this is a man worth listening to...]
Interview: Roger Faxon, Former CEO Of EMI Group
By John Ioannidis -- [Some of the questions:] You have extensive knowledge of music, TV, and film. Where is it all going?...Do you forecast any radical changes with respect to the financing of music or the entertainment industry? [Much more ...]

Google Music Streaming Would Boost Industry, Says Universal Executive
By Josh Halliday -- Google's plans to launch a music-streaming service would give the record industry a welcome boost on its path to recovery, according to a digital executive at Universal Music Group. Francis Keeling, global head of digital business at Universal Music Group, said Google's scale could turn millions more music listeners into paying subscribers.

Should There Be a Rating System for "Red Flag" Knowledge: Are Five Million DMCA Notices Too Many?
By Editor Charlie -- When will someone call this out for what it is--a criminal agreement to profit from massive infringement.

Why did YouTube Purge Another 2.5 Billion Views from Universal Music?
By Chase Hoffberger

You Didn't Make The Harlem Shake Go Viral — Corporations Did
By Kevin Ashton, Quartz -- Experts said the "Harlem Shake" phenomenon was emergent behavior from the hive mind of the internet—accidental, ad hoc, uncoordinated: a "meme" that "went viral." But this is untrue. The real story of the "Harlem Shake" shows how much popular culture has changed and how much it has stayed the same.

Survey Finds We're Hooked on Facebook Mobile
By Mike Murphy -- Is your smartphone never more than arm's length away? Feeling addicted to Facebook? You're not alone. A new survey has found that the average smartphone user checks Facebook 14 times a day, and most people check their phone immediately upon waking up in the morning.

6 Shocking Reasons Your Facebook Fans Aren't Engaged
By Ariel Hyatt & Jon Ostrow

[I'm of the "always leave 'em wanting more" generation.]
Longer Songs Are a New Track for Pop Artists
By Randall Roberts -- Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, with most of its songs longer than seven minutes, continues a trend. Credit technology and, yes, short attention spans. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

A Quick Hack to Explore Gender and Music
By Paul Lamere

The Emily Posts of the Digital Age
By Alex Williams -- Are manners dead? Cellphones, Twitter and Facebook may be killing off the old civilities and good graces, but a new generation of etiquette gurus, good-manner bloggers and self-appointed YouTube arbiters is rising to make old-fashioned protocols relevant to a new generation.

The Art Of The Email Introduction: 10 Rules For Emailing Busy People
By Bruce Upbin

Bright Spots For College Radio And Indie Music
By Clyde Smith -- Though seldom discussed on most music industry blogs, college radio is an important part of the landscape for indie music acts. Though some stations are seeing hard times, others are thriving and music is often a key element in their success. Here are three stations that have made music news in 2013.

Top 10 April Fools Day Jokes In Music & Social Media 2013
By Bruce Houghton

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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