April 24, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 24

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

The Beatles - Why Music Matters [VIDEO]
By The Trichordist -- Why Music Matters is a fantastic organization creating awareness about Artists Rights.

[As an ASCAP Board member, a tip 'o' the hat to the amazing ASCAP staffers whose behind the scenes hard work and dedication helped make this year's EXPO the spectacular event it was.]
Inside The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO 2012
By Paul Zollo -- "Who is the audience for this music?" Bruno Mars explained was the constant question asked by the media prior to his breakthrough. And his answer was always the same: "The universe." He was explaining in a master-class to a packed ballroom at this weekend's ASCAP Expo the theme that was woven through all the classes, workshops and discussions here this year...(VIDEO)

Remix Without Romance: What Free Culture Gets Wrong
By Terry Hart -- This idea that copyright law hinders creativity is one of several ideas central to what could be called "free culture," and it has fueled a great deal of criticism of current copyright law and opposition to enforcement efforts. Free culture scholarship has held sway in legal literature - with many of its ideas cited by IP academics outside the free culture sphere - and enjoyed very little criticism until very recently.

The 3 Types of Copyright Conversations
By Jonathan Bailey -- Talking about copyright and copyright-related issues is tough. Not only do passions tend to run very high and there is a lot of misinformation out there to contend with, but if often times feels as if two people are discussing (or even arguing over) two completely unrelated points. The problem is simple. On matters of copyright there are three different types of conversations that you can have...[Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web
By Steven Rosenbaum -- While devices struggle to separate spam from friends, critical information from nonsense, and signal from noise, the amount of data coming at us is increasingly mind-boggling. The volume of information being created is growing faster than your software is able to sort it out...Which means it's time to enlist the web's secret power - humans.

Facebook's ‘Listen' Button Plays Artists on Spotify, Mog, Rdio and More
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Facebook just added a Listen button to its artist pages that lets you play songs from that artist just about instantly, by hooking in to each service's API. Unlike the MySpace (which is now a Facebook app) pages of yore, bands don't need to upload anything in order for the music to play.

Why Is Amazon Buying CDs?
By Seeking Alpha -- Amazon recently expanded its trade-in program to cover CDs. On the surface, this doesn't seem like a very important development, as Amazon's trade-in program has been accepting various goods in exchange for Amazon credit for years. But unlike those programs, where Amazon primarily refurbished and/or resold the goods, I think that Amazon may have a different motive for buying decade-old CDs. If so, Pandora (P), Sirius XM (SIRI) and other companies should be concerned.

Google's Billion Dollar Business Model Under Threat
By Sarah Dingle -- The international precedent set by a ruling of the Australian Federal Court means that instead of just being the messenger, Google is responsible for the misleading ads generated by a search.

Innovative Ideas Draw Hope for Digital Music Industry
By Jakob Kuznicki -- There is light on the horizon for the music industry - digital light...The drivers of innovation are not record companies or publishers, they are online companies with innovative ideas. As an example, I have selected 4 German companies with a great business model...

Splash.FM, a Klout for Music Discovery, Opens up Beta
By Janko Roettgers -- New York-based social music startup Splash.fm opened up its site to the public Tuesday, allowing anyone to sign up and discover new tunes. The site allows users follow friends and tastemakers in a Twitter-like fashion, share songs with their own network and "splash" the song recommendations of others to show their approval.

Physical Media Is Dead - Long Live the App
By Om Malik -- Physical media is dead. It is being replaced with "apps" From music playlists to catalogs to retail stores to television — it wouldn't surprise me if in near future everything is an app. It is a scary future for some, and yet full of opportunities...

10 Insanely Expensive Gadgets for the Elite 1 Percent
By Roberto Baldwin

9 Bargain-Bin Gadgets for the Struggling 99 Percent
By Roberto Baldwin

Levon Helm, Longtime Drummer in the Band, Dead at 71
By Ellen Wulfhorst -- Levon Helm, the drummer for The Band whose twangy vocals brought a poignancy and earthiness to songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek," died on Thursday at the age of 71 from cancer, his manager said.

Barrel Organ Made of 20,000 Lego Bricks Plays Star Wars Theme
By Angela Watercutter -- VIDEO

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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