June 17, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, June 17

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 and criminals 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

New Models, Huh?
By David Newhoff -- ...it begins with justifying mass online theft of creative works and circles around to the opportunity creative professionals have to bypass the evil "gatekeepers" and sell work directly to consumers. But two pieces in the news caught my attention....

The DMCA License?
By Corey Field -- ...some internet users interpret the DMCA "safe harbor," which is designed to strike a balance between copyright and technology, as something quite different, a "license" to post anything you like, even if you know it is infringing, unless and until the copyright owner complains...

NMPA: David Israelite, RIAA's Cary Sherman Work to Mend Fences Between Publishers, Labels
By Ed Christman

RIAA and NMPA Working on Micro-Licensing Platform That 'Could Unlock Millions'
By Tom Pakinkis -- "We're talking about the app developer who wants to use a clip of music in the background, or the wedding videographer who wants to include music in his videos, or the company that wants to use music in presentations at corporate retreats," RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman told attendees at the NMPA annual meeting.

[One false key stroke in data input can send your money careening into a bottomless rabbit hole never to be seen again.]
Grammar Rocks: These New Punctuation Rules Are fo' Realz
By Hannah Karp -- Released last month at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers' annual convention, rock 'n' roll's new rule book aims to establish basic rules for data entry in the fragmenting world of music, where some folks have become a little too creative for their own good—at least when it comes to spelling, grammar and description.

The Average iTunes Customer is Spending Less. What It Means.
By Glenn Peoples

Clear Channel President: "Not All People Can Afford a $15 a Month Subscription..."
By Helienne Lindvall -- This week's most anticipated news may have been the almost-launch of Apple's iTunes Radio. Yet the president of Clear Channel, John Sykes, has told Digital Music News that those declaring the imminent death of terrestrial radio are way off base...

Left of the Dial: Independent Radio in the Digital Age
By Brian Heater

More Than a Decade in the Evolution of Music Tech
By SoundCtrl -- In just the past decade, the advent of innovative, volatile and disruptive music technology continues and is accelerating – pushing the industry to accomodate a consumer base that is empowered, hyper-connected and always-on. SoundCtrl has put together a timeline to demonstrate this massive growth of the music tech movement.

Ad Crowd-Sourcing Start-up Tongal Will Now Do Music Videos
By Ryan Faughnder -- Tongal will now use its platform to field ideas and production for music videos as online streaming becomes a key way that people consume content... [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

Merlin Turns 5 with 20,000 Label Members, 3M Tracks
By Bruce Houghton

How to Get Free or Affordable Legal Help for Your Music Project
By Lauren - Intern like a Rockstar -- So you've created your own opportunity by starting a business yourself and things are going great. So great that it's getting serious and you've decided you need a little legal help... Luckily, there are some great organizations out there to assist out go-getters like yourselves who don't have the resources to pay for legal help.

Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original
By Ann Powers

Musicwood Film Tours Music Fests with Story Of Guitar Makers Fighting For Old Growth Forests
By Clyde Smith -- Musicwood is a documentary that looks at the clearcutting of Alaskan forests from the perspective of three guitar makers who enter the fray to try to negotiate a husbandry approach to old growth Sitka Spruce.

Eiffel Tower Becomes Musical Tool for New York Composer
By Johnny Cotton -- Star of songs, sketches and the silver screen for over a hundred years, the Eiffel Tower is now taking the lead role in a musical composition which will see the landmark speak for itself.

Backup Singers Take Center Stage in New Documentary Film
By Andrea Burzynski -- Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger appear in the new film Twenty Feet from Stardom, but only to shine the spotlight on the unsung backup singers who make them sound even better...

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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