August 30, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, August 30

The ASCAP Daily Brief

Cutting through the media clutter to bring you relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your livelihood.

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

Are We a Community of Copyright Cowards?
By Bruce Warila -- If you are like me, you probably despise the fact that there is an endless stream of companies that are willing to place ads (through Google) on sites that rip off artists. Now you can do something about it.

[Your buck stops in their bank account.]
Google Is Now Reinstating Grooveshark's Android App...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Looks like Google has had a gigantic change of heart on Grooveshark, and the proof is on its Android store. Effective Tuesday afternoon, the search giant has reinstated Grooveshark's Android app on Google Play, a massive reversal from an earlier ban.

The Contraction Continues: The Looming Arts Crisis in Higher Education
By Kurt Ellenberger -- Paul Resnikoff posted this sobering graph at Digital Music News that shows US Department of Labor/Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) statistics from 1999-2011 on music sales and music employment. Needless to say, the picture is not pretty...How will this affect college and university music programs?

How Can We Listen to Music in a Way That Actually Benefits the Musicians?
By Samuel Smith

A Digital Music Option Thrives, Though Quietly
By Ben Sisario -- Muve Music has quietly built one of the largest subscriber bases in the business by going after a part of the market that most digital companies have largely ignored: people who may not have computers at all.

Report: Apple Planning Big Changes for How You Listen to Music on its Devices
By Tom Cheredar -- At its rumored Sept. 12 press event, the company is planning to announce a new feature update called "AirPlay Direct." for iOS: More Interesting Than Your iPhone's Music
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- At its core, is an efficient tool for harvesting the latest trending music, listening about it, and reading about it, with a design that feels perfectly at home on the iPhone and iPad.

Xbox 360 YouTube App Update Rolls Out with 5x Speed Improvement, Access to 'Official' Music Videos
By Richard Lawler

RAIN Examines Restrictions and Waivers for Web Streams That Play Small Number of Artists
By Michael Schmitt -- Clear Channel's iHeartRadio has debuted a new web radio stream called "All Beatles & Stones Radio."...For most webcasters, this kind of hyper-focused offering is off-limits.

Interview with a Takedown Man
By Lucas Gonze -- Hank St. James is a piracy exterminator for hire. For a fee he monitors pirate sites and when he finds a client's book on one he emails a takedown notice to the bad guys...Like anyone else in the law enforcement field, St. James's job is fraught with danger.

Which Artists Have the Most Active Twitter Followings? StatusPeople App Shows Some
By Bill Werde

The Battle Against Piracy, circa 1906...
By Paul Resnikoff

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World
By Brian Warner

VIDEO: Four-Armed Robot Drummer Is Kind Of Overcompensating
By Brenna Ehrlich

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. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). Click here to read his full bio

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