March 13, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, March 13

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

Web Giants' Consumer Privacy Strategy Faces Hard Sell
By Jasmin Melvin -- Emboldened by their victory in quashing online piracy legislation, U.S. Internet companies are gearing up for a battle over whether consumers should be able to restrict efforts to gather personal data...With the privacy issue, the multibillion-dollar Internet industry faces a challenge larger than potentially harmful legislation or regulations that could limit their advertising and corporate growth.

Users: 'Personalized Internet? Fuggedaboutit!'
By Iain Thomson -- A new research report will make worrying reading for Google and social media companies, as it shows that most consumers don't want their online activity used to personalize search results or advertising.

Protecting Your Content On the Web, Even When You Don't Know It's There
By Sandra Aistars

Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012
By Billboard Staff -- As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. But not all of the 40 artists on the Money Makers list relied heavily, if at all, on touring income.

Mobile Music, Beyond The App
By Mark Mulligan

Android Market Out, Google Play Moves In.
By Michael Liedtke -- Google's digital marketplace for mobile applications, music, movies and books is unifying under a new name in an effort to spruce up the shopping experience. Beginning Tuesday, the Android Market became known as the Google Play Store. Google's eBookstore and recently launched music service will also be part of the Google Play Store.

Music Service Signing Major Labels
By Greg Sandoval -- The startup that sparked a lot of attention is close to finalizing licensing agreements with most of the major record companies., the service that allows users share music within virtual "rooms," is closing in on becoming a fully licensed service, CNET has learned.

Sony Settles Allman Brothers Digital Music Lawsuit For $8 Million + 3%, Will Others Follow?
By Bruce Houghton

Apple's Garageband App Adds iCloud and Real-Time Group Jamming (Updated)
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- On top of all the other stuff Apple announced today, including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up and down to iCloud, and a new Jam Sessions feature that lets up to four people play music together at the same time in the same room, using Bluetooth or WiFi.

Zya Brings Out The Inner Mash-up Artist in PC Users
By Jon Healey -- The Internet and digital technology have made it far easier than ever before for musicians to create and distribute their tunes. Now, Music Mastermind is making it easier for non-musicians to do the same. [As if the Internet hasn't already exposed us to more non-musicians than we can handle. Gimme filters, please.]

5 Impressive Google Chrome Add-Ons for Music
By Andy Cush

Build Your Music Career by Building Up Others
By Steve Grossman -- "I can live for two months on a good compliment." - Mark Twain. There's no question people long to know they're appreciated. There's also no question that compliments are rare, especially good ones.

Auto-Tune Was Accidentally Invented by an Exxon Scientist Studying Seismic Soundwaves...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Looks like Exxon is doing more damage to the environment than we initially thought!

VIDEOS: Why Do Athletes Think They Should Be Musicians?
By Jason Vallee -- ...a look at some athletes turned musicians who may have been better off leaving their words unspoken.

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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