March 14, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, March 14

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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 and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

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Who Wins the Race for Investment Money, the Artist with the Epic Song or the Software Developer with the Snazzy iPhone App?
By Bruce Warila -- There's a portion of the population that doesn't respect, doesn't believe in, or that simply desires to abolish copyrights altogether; they have their non-rivalrous resource argument to bring to the debate; now here's something to toss back at them...

The Ruthless Overlords Of Silicon Valley
By Rob Cox -- Facebook. Google. Zynga...Though Silicon Valley's newest billionaires may anoint themselves the saints of American capitalism, they're beginning to resemble something else entirely: robber barons. Behind the hoodies and flip-flops lurk businesspeople as rapacious as the black-suited and top-hatted industrialists of the late-19th century.

How The Swedes Fight Piracy
By Justin Colletti -- Recent developments in Sweden, Holland, and across the globe seem to fly in the face of one of the loudest arguments we've heard from big technology companies regarding the protection of artists' rights. But now because of Sweden, there's an additional, potentially more powerful argument against the technologists' claim... [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Co-writing For Artist-Writers With Record Deals (Controlled Compositions, Pt. 2)
By Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell -- Whenever you co-write with someone not in your band there are some issues you have to be concerned about. Some of this may be a little too complex legally for most people to try on their own, but we will assume that if you have a record deal you will already have a lawyer or manager to help you.

Researchers Discover Method to Transmit Mobile Data a Thousand Times Faster
By Michael Schmitt

Nearly Half of All Charting Songs Are One-Hit Wonders...
By Paul Resnikoff

New Layer of Content Amid Chaos on YouTube
By Ben Sisario -- MyIsh (a new music channel on YouTube) is one of about 100 entertainment channels being introduced on YouTube as part of the site's broader mission to bring some order to its chaos. By introducing a layer of content closer to television than home video, YouTube believes, it will attract a steadier stream of viewers and advertisers...

[Speaking of Chaos}
Half A Million Musicians Now Rock Facebook With BandPage
By Josh Constine

Why New Music Services Tend To Fail
By Neil Cartwright -- I spent ten years licensing new music services and yet there are still only three music services acheiving discernable success: iTunes, Amazon & Spotify. Why do most music services fail? The reasons require understanding of two principles...

10 Tips For Emerging Indie Musicians: Planning For Survival & Success
By Clyde Smith

Music Apps Gone Wild: The SXSW Recap
by Eliot Van Buskirk -- After my panel at SXSW today, several people asked for copies of my presentation about the wildest, wackiest music apps we've seen over the past year...To that end, here are my pretty-much-unedited speaking notes from (my) presentation, as well as screenshots of each app I discussed.

SXSW In A Nutshell: Homeless People As Hotspots
By Jon Mitchell -- South By Southwest 2012 can be summarized thusly: An impossibly-named marketing company called Bartle Bogle Hegarty is doing a little human science experiment called Homeless Hotspots. It gives out 4G hotspots to homeless people along with a promotional t-shirt. The shirt doesn't say, "I have a 4G hotspot." It says, "I am a 4G hotspot."

Use of Homeless as Internet Hot Spots Backfires on Marketer
By Jenna Wortham

March 12, 1923: Talkies Talk...On Their Own
By Randy Alfred -- 1923: Radio pioneer Lee de Forest demonstrates his Phonofilm movie process to the press, bringing the world of synchronized sound to the movies. De Forest's technical advance was to synchronize sound and motion by placing the sound recording directly on the film in an optical soundtrack.

VIDEO: Futulele, The Virtual Ukulele for iPhone and iPad, Is Not as Crazy as it Sounds
By Eliot Van Buskirk

Got a Moment? Listen to a 744-Hour-Long Radio Show
By Geeta Dayal

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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