May 21, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 21

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 and criminals 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

America's New Oligarchs— and Silicon Valley's Shady 1 Percenters
By Joel Kotkin -- A new, and potentially dominant, ruling class is rising. Today’s tech moguls don’t employ many Americans, they don’t pay very much in taxes or tend to share much of their wealth, and they live in a separate world that few of us could ever hope to enter. But while spending millions bending the political process to pad their bottom lines, they’ve remained far more popular than past plutocrats.

[Pandora should fix its lame business model before hiring high priced lawyers and lobbyists to try to convince Congress that paying creators less is the only way to solve the problems they brought upon themselves.]
SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach
By Glenn Peoples -- SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation - last year it was the Internet Radio Fairness Act - that could lower the per-stream royalty rate paid by Internet radio services.

Watch out iTunes, 20% of All Blackberry World Sales Are from Music
By Luke Johnson

Yahoo to Buy Tumblr for $1.1 Billion
By Michael J. De La Merced, Nick Bilton and Nicole Perlroth -- Yahoo's move aims to make up for years of missing out on the growth of social networks and mobile devices. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

Hey Tumblr Users, Why Is This Man Smiling? Because He Sold Your Content and You Worked for Him for Free.
By Chris Castle -- Great news for Tumblr users–the eponymous Mr. Dave Karp just sold your content for $1.1 billion! In cash! And of course, he's sharing that money with you, right? No, he's not.

The 16 Most Popular Tumblrs
By Katie Notopoulos -- This is what Yahoo is spending $1.1 billion on.

Where To Watch (Legally)
By MPAA -- Want to get movies and TV shows easily and quickly online, on your tablet or on your mobile device? Here's a fast-growing array of ways to find and connect with the content you love. This list is aggregated based on services available to users in the US While the set of services offering movies and TV shows differ by country, several of these are available in multiple countries.

One Issue Holding up Apple iRadio: the Economics of Skipping Songs
By Paul Sloan -- Apple wants to roll out its streaming music service this summer, but it's still hammering out details with Sony Music over some very specific terms...More specifically, Apple and Sony Music are still trying to hammer out details over how much Apple would pay for songs that people listen to a fraction of and then skip...

Twitter #Music Gets New Charts
By Tyler Hayes -- One thing We Are Hunted – the site Twitter bought to do their music service – did very well was analyze the online music landscape and provide solid music recommendations based on that data. Here are some of the new charts...

Apple Reaches 50 Billionth App Download with Google on its Tail
By Salvador Rodriguez

10 Great Tips For Home & DIY Recordings
By Rajiv Agarwal

WWE Can't Escape Copyright Lawsuit Over Wrestler Entrance Music
By Eriq Gardner -- A judge says that the WWE does business in Texas, so it will have to face off there against the guy who "pioneered" giving wrestlers songs to walk into the ring to.

Girl Groups' Go-to Guy
By Marc Myers -- Jeff Barry talked about his girl-group hits of the 1960s. When the conversation turned to how the work was divided between him and Ellie Greenwich—his songwriting partner at the time, who died in 2009—he offered a surprise. "People always marvel at how closely Ellie could identify with the teenage girl's psyche," said Mr. Barry, who recently turned 75. "Except I wrote most of the lyrics—not Ellie. She wrote most of the music." [Thanks to David Basskin for the link.]

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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