April 05, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, April 5

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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.

Creators are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.

Artists Have Rights, Too
By Maia Davies of Ladies of the Canyon -- Music is my passion, but it's my job too...I am an artist by choice, just as others choose to follow other careers. As creative workers, our rights include the right to be compensated for the goods and services distributed. Unfortunately, in today's digital world, this right has somehow been lost when it comes to what I create...

New Copyright Center to Target Online Piracy
By Greg Sandoval -- The major film studios and music companies will soon unveil plans for a "copyright center," an organization designed to oversee the implementation of the controversial graduated-response program...

Copyright Exceptions Will Not Deliver Anticipated Economic Growth, Licensing Bodies Say
By Out-Law.com -- Writing exceptions to copyright into UK law will not deliver economic growth and would in fact "remove the core asset value" in creators' content, a number of licensing bodies have said.

Second Annual US IP Enforcement Report Shows Extensive Efforts At Home And Abroad
By William New -- The second annual report of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) Victoria Espinel paints a picture of the United States' multifaceted and ever-expanding war on IP infringement, at home and abroad...The report is here [pdf]

Is Neil Young Working on a High-Quality Digital Music Service?
By Ian S. Port -- "The MP3 only has 5 percent of the data present in the original recording," Neil Young said at the D: Dive Into Media conference in January. "The convenience of the digital age has forced people to choose between quality and convenience, but they shouldn't have to make that choice."

Spotify's Subscriber Growth Disappoints
By Garett Sloane and Claire Atkinson -- Spotify's US performance has been less than rocking, according to sources who say the digital music service has been under-delivering in terms of subscribers.

Ringtones Are Still Bigger Than Spotify, Rhapsody, & Rdio Combined...
By Paul Resnikoff -- It's the same reason why CDs are still selling billions, years after their prime. Technology simply moves faster than consumers, and older formats die hard.

Personally, I Still Favor Betamax
By David Streitfeld -- In a major consumption shift, consumers will pay more for online movies this year than for DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

EMI Says Grooveshark Didn't Pay It's Bill, Grooveshark Calls Label "Monopolistic"
By Bruce Houghton -- The controversy around Grooveshark continues. EMI's recorded music division has suspended it's deal alleging non-payment. EMI was the only major label who has reached a deal with the controversial music streamer.

Marketers Favor Facebook for Their Social Media Ad Spending
By Jessica Guynn -- Facebook will be the top recipient of social media advertising spending this year, according to a survey from the Creative Group.

Brands See Fan Engagement Drop in First Month of Facebook Timeline
By Dave Copeland

How To Talk To Strangers
By Leena Sowambur -- ...how do you talk to a stranger at a networking event when you're there on your own? I'm hoping this blog will help equip you with a few ideas at your next networking event so you can make the best of your time there.

This Week in Music Apps: iOS Music Helpers, Searchable FM, Free Independent Music
By Connor McKnight

[All of us who grew up with Jonathan in the music publishing industry admired, respected and trusted him. DK]
Jonathan Simon, 1942 - 2012
By MPA -- This great gentleman music publisher died in his sleep during the past weekend. He is survived by his two children Joel and Zoe...Jonathan's career spanned over forty years. He held the position of CEO and SVP positions at Chappell & Co (Australia), Chappell Music and Chappell International in the 70s and 80s. Jonathan moved on to become Director Music Division at The Really Useful Group before setting up and becoming Managing Director at Moncur Street Music in 1997...

10 Music Business Fundamentals Inspired By Gandhi
By Hisham Dahud

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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