January 20, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, January 20

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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right

2.1 Billion Internet Users and 555 Million Websites: the Web in 2011
AFP Relax News

Wiki Boss Has Picked the Wrong Fight for Democracy
By Iain MacWhirter -- It's only when Wikipedia isn't there you realise how incredibly influential it has become.

Behind the Music: What If the Culture Industry Shut Down for a Day?
By Helienne Lindvall -- Wikipedia went black in protest against anti-piracy legislation. But which would you miss more: an encyclopaedia or music?

Kathy Wolfe Tells Pirates It's Time to Walk the Plank in Huffington Post
By Kathy Wolfe -- Kathy Wolfe, Founder and CEO of Wolfe Video and Wolfe Releasing - the oldest and largest exclusive distributor of LGBT films in the world - has a piece on the Huffington Post today. In it she writes that while the Internet is essential to her business and the independent filmmakers she represents... the reality is that in today's online marketplace, digital theft compromises not only their bottom line but also their freedom of speech.

In 2011, 90% of New Album Sales Came from 2% of Releases...
By Paul Resnikoff

Why Rap Rules And Rock Is In A Rutt
By Robin Davey -- With 2011 sales polls being compiled and analyzed, the results are that Rock music is fast losing favor with the record buying public and Rap music is continuing its reign as the popular music format.

Could Facebook Become The Internet's Top Video Site?
By Alicia Eler -- Facebook wants to win the race for the Internet. But one frontier that it hasn't yet mastered is video. If Facebook can capture the video-viewing Web audience, its users will stay on the site longer, sharing more with each other and to their Walls.

Spotify vs. Rdio, Part 2: The Billboard Charts
By Andy Baio -- Streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio are transforming the way we listen to music, but spotting differences in their catalogs is nearly impossible for the casual listener. The licensing landscape is constantly shifting, with songs appearing and disappearing as labels try to make up their minds. To help you decide which service is right for you, I'm using the developer APIs provided by each service to go crate-digging into each catalog to see which service comes out on top.

Yamaha Launches Interactive Sheet Music iPad App for Keyboard Players
Marketwire -- Yamaha Music Interactive, Inc. today announced the launch of NoteStar, Yamaha's iPad app designed to provide keyboard players with the experience of playing their favorite songs with a real band. The app provides smooth flowing, easy-to-read sheet music, accompanied by real backing bands and vocals.

[This is getting downright creepy.]
Facebook Plans to Share More of Your Activities - Will It Go Too Far?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Facebook plans to share even more of what you do online, according to a recent report, which claims that the same sort of activity sharing already familiar to users of Spotify, Washington Post Social Reader, and Hulu (and their Friends) will spread to other applications.

You Can Use Facebook's Ad Interface To Find Out The Sexual Practices Of People At Any Workplace
By Adrian Chen -- You probably know that Facebook makes its money from letting advertisers precisely target users based on what they put in their Facebook profiles. To help advertisers, Facebook offers an estimate of the number of users that fall under the specific criteria selected. By logging into Facebook and creating an ad, you can learn a lot of interesting things...

How To Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Activities
By Eliot Van Buskirk

[Ganging up on one guitar ... lots of fun.]
VIDEO: Walk Off The Earth Finds Success With Unique Cover Song Videos
By Clyde Smith -- Leveraging the power of the cover song is a topic that fascinates me so I was particularly pleased to encounter Walk off the Earth's cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." It's a great example of a cover song and music video whose creative approach manages to evade the novelty label while helping build their reputation for unique covers.

Tabletop Puts a Studio's Worth of Music Gear on the iPad
By Connor McKnight -- Sure, you can make music on the iPhone, but iPad's big screen and faster processor work better for apps that present a more complete version of the typical recording studio. This difference becomes immediately clear with Tabletop for iPad.

Fake iPad 2s Made of Clay Sold at Canadian Stores
By Eric Pfeiffer -- As many as 10 fake iPad 2s, all made of slabs of modeling clay, were recently sold at electronic stores in Vancouver, British Columbia. Best Buy and Future Shop have launched investigations into how the scam was pulled off.

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 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

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