January 31, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, January 31

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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

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

Megaupload and the DMCA
By Terry Hart -- While the federal government's action against Megaupload - which had been in the works since March 2010 - will obviously have many ramifications for the future of copyright law online, I wanted to focus specifically on one of the legal issues that may be implicated in the case. Does the DMCA apply to criminal infringement?

The Truth Behind Google's Copyright-Bills Hysteria
By Patrick Maines -- Though the final chapter in the legislative history of the copyright bills hasn't yet been written, a couple things are obvious even now: The tech industry has demonstrated great political clout through the mobilization of its users and fan base; and the industry lobby, led by Google, will say and do pretty much anything to advance its commercial interests.

Hypocritical Pirates Destroy Value of IP
By Chris Russell -- The people who annoy me are the pirates that act like they're taking the high road by pirating. The ones who talk about how they're supporting indie filmmakers by pirating mainstream Hollywood movies. And, my particular favorites, the ones who act like anything that interferes with their pirating abilities is a mortal threat to our freedoms.

[FUD factor grips the intentionally misinformed.]
ACTA Protests Break Out As EU States Sign Up To Treaty
By Charles Arthur -- The UK and 21 other European Union member states on Thursday signed an international copyright agreement treaty called Acta (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), sparking more demonstrations by internet users who have protested for days both virtually and physically over (an unsubstantiated) fear it will lead to online censorship.

Creative Commons For Music: What's the Point?
By Bill Rosenblatt -- I recently came across a music startup called Airborne Music. Like other music services that use Creative Commons, Airborne Music appeals primarily to indie artists who are looking to get exposure for their work. This got me thinking about how - or whether - Creative Commons has any real economic value for creative artists.

What's Driving Internet Radio
By Jennifer Lane -- A WSJ article covering a new study released by Deloitte on Generation Y's automotive buying power and preferences finds that 59% of 19 to 31 year olds place in-car connectivity as the top interior feature when shopping for a new car.

Twitter May Censor Tweets in Individual Countries
By Michael Liedtke -- Twitter has refined its technology so it can censor messages on a country-by-country basis.

Facebook Turns Adults into Adolescents; Is Google+ Next?
By Alicia Eler -- A study published last year by researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada looked at how parents acted on Facebook. They discovered that parents revert to adolescent behavior, which suggests that there's something inherently adolescent about social media.

8 Things Spotify Could Do Right Now to Show They Care About Musicians
By Gavin Castleton

Why Young Music Fans Buy Vinyl - and the Apps That Can Help Them
By Andy Cush

How to Open for a Major Artist/Band
By Simon Tam -- There are a few ways to make sure you get to open for a major artist in town...

The Radio Free Song Club Recalls Glory Days of Live Radio
By Jim Testa -- In the glory days of radio, performers from Bing Crosby to Jack Benny recorded in front of live audiences. That's almost unheard of today, but one group of performers keeps the tradition alive under the name The Radio Free Song Club.

Livin' at the Corner of Dad & Technology: The Influence of Music
By Curtis Silver -- I'm starting to sound like an old man. So what brought on this lamentation of age? I'm starting to sound like an old man because my kids' music sucks, and I told them so.

VIDEO: Beauty from TED
By Patrice van de Walle -- Just pictures and music

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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