April 23, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 23

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

[Sounds more like Mr. Brin is worried about unrestricted profits and unrestricted access to everything he pleases including your rights.]
Google's Brin: ‘Worried' About Open Web
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in an interview that he's worried that governments and Internet companies will erode open and universal access to the Web, calling them "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world."

If Google's Only Taking a Copy of Your Personality, Why Worry?
By Andrew Orlowski -- This fight against ownership and permissions is actually the bedrock of Utopian belief - that nobody can own, or deny, or exclude, or assert rights on digital things...This had led to the quite surreal spectacle of libertarians fighting furiously against property rights, and the rule of law.

Google Faces Maximum Fine for ‘Impeding' U.S. Privacy Inquiry
By Brian Womack and Todd Shields -- The Federal Communications Commission is seeking a $25,000 fine after examining how Google gathered personal e-mails, text messages and other materials through its Street View location service, the agency said in an April 13 filing.

BERLIN: Google Ordered to Stop Copyright Violations on YouTube
By Kevin J. O'Brien -- In a provisional victory for musicians, filmmakers and other creators of art and entertainment, a court in Hamburg on Friday ordered Google to install filters on its YouTube service in Germany to detect and stop users from material they do not own the rights to.

It's Getting To Be A Habit: Google Stonewalls and Takes the 5th
By Chris Castle -- Google has once again managed to delay and obfuscate their way into defying the U.S. government-the duly designated representatives of the American people. But why should we be left out? They do it everywhere else, too...

BRUSSELS: Sony-led Group Wins EU Approval to Buy EMI Publishing
By Robert-Jan Bartunek

Startups Walk the Line Between Serendipity and Creepy
By Stacey Higginbotham -- The app world is getting a reality check, thanks to apps like Girls Around Me, Placeme or even Highlight...in the past month one word has kept popping up to describe the current direction of social apps: creepy.

What Crooks and Companies Learn When You Overshare on Facebook
By Dave Copeland

An Online TV Site Grows Up
By Amy Chozick and Brian Stelter -- Hulu will promote its original programming to advertisers this week in an annual ritual known as upfronts that is typically reserved for cable channels and network broadcasters.

Switched On: When the Smartphone Giveth
By Ross Rubin -- The rise of smartphones hasn't been kind to makers of devices such as digital cameras, digital music players and portable GPS devices. Handsets with a rich selection of apps have been increasingly cannibalizing sales of these products, leaving few ways for these once hot holiday gift items to compete.

Social Networks, Small and Smaller
By Randall Stross -- Newer social networks, like Path, FamilyLeaf and Pair, offer a range of constraints. A Path network, available only on smartphones, has a maximum of 150 friends. FamilyLeaf is restricted to family members. And Pair, which like Path is for smartphones only, is as small as a social network can be: just one other person.

In Silicon Valley, Designers Emerge as Rock Stars
By Damon Darlin -- Another sign of the bubble nearing the bursting point: marketers and designers are more important than engineers.

Coachella 2012 Is a Snapshot of Pop Music in Wonderful Disarray
By Randall Roberts -- Anyone who's ever been to Coachella or any music festival understands the idea of "the moment," that magical, jewel-encrusted feeling you get when everything clicks - the sound, the lights, the emotion, the music - and you feel at one with the world.

Potential Goldmine: Branded Artist Apps Could Make Money and Please Fans
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Say you're a big fan of Sleigh Bells (the band, not the wintertime equine accessory). Wouldn't you want to listen to whatever Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss rocked on their iPods last week? We already have the technology to make that happen...

["American Bandstand" in Philly was one of the stops for singing partner Hank Jones and me when promoting our RCA album in 1962. DK]
The Collected Wisdom of Dick Clark, 1929-2012
By Esquire -- Memories and lessons of one of television's most iconic hosts, excerpted from interviews and speeches over the years.

VIDEO: 60 Minutes: Joy in the Congo: A Musical Miracle
There's a remarkable symphony orchestra in the Congo, 200 musicians defying the poverty of their war-torn country and creating some of the most moving music we have ever heard. Bob Simon reports. [Thanks to Pamela Oland for the link.]

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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