April 10, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 10

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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.

'Don't Break the Internet': How an Idiot's Slogan Stole Your Privacy...
By Andrew Orlowski -- For 15 years internet companies have been waging a war against any kind of laws that establish properties and permissions for digital things...The fight has crippled the traditional, historical partnership between technology and creators that benefited everyone...

Smells Like Pirate Desperation, The Promo Bay now Elitist Gatekeeper
By Trichordist -- The Pirate Bay wants to help artists (stop laughing). No, really, they do. So this begs the question, if The Pirate Bay really wants to help artists why don't they just pay them? You know the saying, "with friends like these, who needs enemies," right?

Google's Washington Night
By Brooks Barnes -- The annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner is Hollywood's big night in Washington....This year, however, a new face — Google — will be in the crowd, and some show business players are less than thrilled....[Google is everywhere - including in the White House! - DK]

Rdio Is Working on Pandora-like Radio Functionality
By Janko Roettgers

Google Play and VUDU: Video Distribution Platforms on the Rise
By Brendan Nunn -- As a content provider for movies to digital platforms, I am most often asked about the two most recognizable platforms: Amazon, iTunes and Netflix. While these services have the largest user base – even though the subscribers and title availability can vary – it's important to look at other great destinations for our films...

Stations Report Listeners Getting More Comfortable with "Time-Shifting" Content
By Michael Schmitt

Yahoo Music Is Now Being Dismantled...
By Paul Resnikoff -- As the dust settles on a massive layoff round at Yahoo, there's this: Yahoo Music was a major part of the downsizing, according to sources disclosing information to Digital Music News.

Flashback Trojan Shows Macs Do Get Viruses
By Hayley Tsukayama -- For years, Mac users have been able to believe that they are safer than the average computer user and turned their noses up at antivirus software. But as Apple's market share has grown, so has the threat to Mac users' security.

[Strange that Adele was overlooked in this headline.]
Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga Help Women Rule Pop Music World
By Sean Daly --The numbers are staggering, with women taking the top spots for digital downloads, money earned and albums sold, to name a few.

The Adele Effect: What 2012's First Quarter Might Have Looked Like Without '21'
By Glenn Peoples

Still Think Streams Are Killing Downloads? Think Again...
By Paul Resnikoff

10 Tips To Getting Ahead In The New Music Industry
By Robin Davey

[Remember when music was engaging rather than disposable? - DK]
Why the Old-School Music Snob Is the Least Cool Kid on Twitter
By Alexandra Molotkow -- Obscure knowledge was once a kind of currency. To get it, you had to be in the loop...There is no longer any honor in musical obscurity...

'My Heart Will Go On' Grew as Big As 'Titanic' Itself
By Brian Truit -- Written by Oscar-winning composer James Horner (and Will Jennings), the pop tune was the world's best-selling single of 1998, has sold more than 15 million copies since, won four Grammy Awards, won an Oscar for best original song and ranks No. 14 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest movie songs....

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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