June 18, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, June 18

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

In the Digital Economy, We'll Soon All Be Working for Free – and I Refuse
By Suzanne Moore -- The digital economy operates as a kind of sophisticated X Factor: someone will make it, but most won't – and the real loser is society. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Thanks, NSA: Amazon Sales Of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%
By Iain Thomson -- A glance at the "Movers and Shakers" page of Amazon shows there's been an unusual reaction to the current NSA spying scandal...

Google Trialing Music Playback in Search?
By Mark Mulligan -- Search has always been the part of Google's business that the music industry has most wanted Google to do something with, given that it is the most common starting point for illegal downloads. Whether this is what the labels had in mind is another matter...

Google Gobbles HALF of World's Mobile Ad Cash
By Jack Clark -- Over half the $8.8 billion dollars advertisers spent on mobile ads last year went to Google, along with a third of all internet ads.

Facebook Killing off Sponsored Results in Search Pages
By Iain Thomson

Netflix Boosts Original Programming with DreamWorks Deal
By Reuters -- DreamWorks said the deal, which involves 300 hours of new programming, is a cornerstone of a major initiative to expand its television production and distribution.

PRS, Stim and GEMA Announce New Alliance
By Chris Cooke -- Three of Europe's biggest music publishing collecting societies – the UK's PRS, Sweden's STIM and GEMA in Germany – have announced an alliance which they say will "simplify both national and pan-European music rights licensing and processing."

Samsung Buys 1 Million Copies Of Jay-Z New Album Magna Carta Holy Grail
By Bruce Houghton -- A million Samsung Galaxy smartphone users will receive a free copy on July 4th, 72 hours prior the official release...The rumored $5 per copy price would theoretically allow the business savvy star to qualify, virtually guaranteeing a #1 debut.

Messages Galore, but No Time to Think
By Phyllis Korkki -- People constantly complain that their e-mail inboxes are unmanageable. And many more technologies have joined the workplace party. We can now use cellphones, texts, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, corporate intranets and cloud applications to communicate at work. Something may have been lost as we adopted these new communication tools: the ability to concentrate.

New York Man Pleads Guilty in Sons of Anarchy Counterfeiting Case
By The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement

Are You Paying the iTunes Tax?
By Melanie Hicken -- If you live in one of the nearly 25 states that charge sales tax on digital goods or services you likely pay more for everything from downloaded music, e-books and ringtones to streaming TV shows and video...While some states rely on existing sales tax laws, more than a dozen have enacted sales tax laws specifically targeting digital goods.

Twitter #Music Is a Dud...But Twitter is Still Critical To Your Marketing
By Jon Ostrow

11 Reasons Why Your Music Self-Promotion Isn't Working
By James Moore

Putting the Heart Back Into Jazz
By Tad Hendrickson -- ...jazz drummer Milford Graves came up in the 1960s with avant-garde jazz, helping to free the drums from their strict timekeeping role as part of the legendary New York Art Quartet, as well as with free-jazz heroes like Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor...Mr. Graves has also built an impressive reputation over the past decade for his study of the physiological impact of music and sound on the human body. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

[What's the big deal? Google is doing this with humans.]
GPS Maps Reveal Where Cats Go All Day
By Lauren Davis -- The mysterious comings and goings of our feline friends just got a little less mysterious. Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College loaded a group of cats in Shamley Green, Surrey, with cameras and GPS trackers to figure out how roaming house cats spend their days.

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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