February 13, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, February 13

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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

Google Surrogates Go After Artists' Unions
By Sandra Aistars -- Chris Castle has a new post up on the Music Technology Policy blog: "The Future for Television or Google Wants to Burn Your Remote: More Google Union-Busting." In it he writes: "It is particularly galling that Google is using its EFF surrogate to try to appeal to entertainment industry union members to abandon their unions, while at the same time using its Net Coalition surrogate to bash 'union thugs'."

Protests Erupt Across Europe Against Web Piracy Treaty (ACTA)
By Erik Kirschbaum and Irina Ivanova -- Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement (ACTA) they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance.(Poor babies)

Pseudo Masochism Is Fuelling ACTA Witch-Hunt
By Andrew Orlowski -- Hated anti-counterfeiting treaty's myths exploded. A mob that's filled with self-righteous fury isn't very discriminating.

Reining in the Rhetoric on Copyright Reform
By Barry Sookman -- While recent attempts by the usual suspects making hysterical predictions about copyright reform in Canada have been ratcheted up yet again, this time the claims are so outrageous that they can perhaps best be described as having "jumped the shark".

Hackers Sought $50,000 from Symantec for Anti-Virus Blueprint
By Frank Jack Daniel -- Hackers sought $50,000 from U.S. anti-virus firm Symantec Corp in return for the stolen blueprints to its flagship products under what the company says was a sting operation run by an undisclosed law enforcement agency via emails. The company said the emails were in fact between the hacker and law enforcement officials posing as a Symantec employee.

Extortion Failed - Anonymous Posts Symantec Source Code
By Tom Espiner

Spotify, Shazam, Turntable.fm Are Hot Topics at Grammy Social Media Summit
By Katie Morse -- The Grammys drew top-drawer names from the digital music world for this year's edition of their Social Media Rock Star Summit series...The discussion focused on the connection between musicians and fans, and the digital platforms on which entertainment content is consumed.

Turntable.fm: Still Just a Fad, According to the Latest Data...
By Paul Resnikoff

iLike, Early Digital Music Trailblazer, Officially Dead
By Glenn Peoples -- Entrepreneurs and investors take note: iLike went from a leadership position in social music to nothingness in less than the span between summer Olympics.

Rhapsody 'Shocked' Over McCartney Pullout; iTunes Concert Exclusive Begins...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The fallout is just beginning on Paul McCartney's decision to remove his catalog from streaming services, a process that started earlier this week.

Google Intensifies Apple Rivalry with Music System
By Lara O'Reilly -- Google is thought to be developing a home entertainment system to stream music wirelessly, further escalating its rivalry with Apple...Earlier this week Google boosted its hardware expertise by poaching leading Apple engineer Simon Prakash, who was the latter company's senior director of product integrity. Google's planned acquisition of mobile manufacturer Motorola will also ramp up its hardware proposition.

Musicians Can't Compete With Machines.
By Scott James -- No, I'm not going to try to convince you to replace your bass player with a robot (though in some cases it might be worth considering...), but I am going to suggest that machines might be better suited for some of the things that you're burning yourself out by doing.

Money Basics for Musicians, Songwriters, Singers and Artists
By Steve Grossman -- Since money buys things like food and shelter (not to mention equipment and clothing) and I therefore recommend you know how to use it, I offer you some basic money terms and insights...

54 Artists That Somehow Never Won a Grammy...
By Paul Resnikoff

Sleevefacing: There's an App for That
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- We know, sleevefacing is sort of five minutes ago, but it remains a meme of note. The basic idea behind sleevefacing is to create a photograph that picks up where an album cover leaves off by adding surrounding elements from the real world. It's not easy to explain, but one look at the photo to the right should clear things up.

VIDEO: Here Comes the Sun: The Lost Solo Guitar
By Mark Frauenfelder -- "In this video we see Sir George Martin, Giles Martin (his son), and Dhani Harrison listening to the mix of "Here Comes The Sun." Suddenly Dhani opens the channel with the "lost solo guitar." And now, with the master track in the background, you can hear how it sounds in 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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