March 19, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, March 19

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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.

Try making a record - or expanding the Internet - without a song!

I'm going to take a couple of personal days off...Back on Thursday.

Breaking the Internet, One Absurd Claim at a Time
By Dominic Young -- The internet, by design, is hard to break. Which means it's hard to imagine something which would "Break the Internet." Yet that phrase, "Break the Internet" is one I have heard with increasing frequency. It is used as a dire threat, a prediction of doom, the ultimate and unimaginably awful unintended consequence of a terrible and naïve mistake...

What Kind of Internet Freedom Do We Want?
By Helga Trüpel -- Internet activists like to paint a drastic picture, so for their 'Stop ACTA' campaign they adopted the image of a giant octopus with its tentacles round the world. The 'monster' with the world in its clutches is ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which aims to establish international standards against product piracy and copyright infringements.

Russian Labels Start Copyright War Against Mobile Giants
By RT -- Russian record labels have initiated a copyright war against Nokia and Samsung. The Russian Union of Right-holders, the official representative of the record labels' interests, claims the two mobile phone giants owe Russian record companies around $40 million in author's royalties.

Apple's Forgotten $8 Billion Business
By Eric Jackson -- With so much going on these days at Apple, it's easy to forget about its little business called iTunes.

Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction
By Glenn Peoples -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes within two years. Even at first blush the statement comes across as optimism from a Spotify equity owner rather than an informed statement on consumer spending on digital music. Sees an Opening as MySpace Fades Away
By Ben Sisario -- Not long ago, MySpace was the central destination for online music, the place where fans could connect with seemingly every artist on earth. But can anything take over from MySpace as music's online agora? Well, MTV believes it can.

In Less Than Two Weeks, Your Facebook Page Will Be Decimated...
By Paul Resnikoff

Court Orders File-Sharing Site RapidShare to Monitor for Copyrighted Content
By Zach Epstein -- A court in Germany ruled on Thursday that RapidShare must implement a system that proactively filters user uploads in order to prevent the illegal sharing of copyrighted content....RapidShare has not yet stated whether or not it will appeal the decision.

Twitter To Musicians: Share Tweet-Friendly Media, And Skip The Publicists
By Anthony Ha -- Twitter has unveiled Twitter for Musicians and Artists, a page offering tips on how musicians can use the service to connect with their fans.

iFixit Co-founder Flies to Australia to Nab Tablet Early
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Luke Soules, the co-founder of the repair manual Web site iFixit, flew all the way to Australia to be one of the world's first people to buy the new iPad. The site iFixit is known for its penchant for pulling apart devices, meaning that Soules promptly started to tear into the tablet in order to post pictures of a live teardown on his site.

Here Are the 24 Retina-Ready iPad Apps Available Now
By Christina Bonnington

8 Truly Metal Apps With Which To Melt Off Your Face
By Wren Leader -- ...what makes heavy metal truly "metal?" Is it the loud distorted guitars, the pounding blasting rhythms, the inhuman vocals, or the violent dark epic lyrics?...Can a music app be metal? Can something on a smartphone, computer, or (satan forbid) a tablet ever deliver "true" (as opposed to false) metal? To which I say…

The Anatomy of a Merch Table: What Sells & Why
By grassrootsy

Inside The Mind Of The Music Elitist [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Bruce Houghton -- What will you find crammed into the brain of a music fan to whom any band who anyone else as ever heard of must not be good enough.

From Your Body to Music: Interview With Biophysical Xth Sense Interface Creator
By Peter Kirn -- What you're watching in the video above doesn't involve cameras or motion sensors. It's the kind of brain-to-machine, body-to-interaction interface most of us associate with science fiction. And while the technology has made the occasional appearance in unusual, niche commercial applications, it's poised now to blow wide open for 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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