June 19, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, June 19

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

PRO Rate Courts are Swords, Not Shields: It's Time to Bring the PRO Consent Decrees into the 21st Century
By Chris Castle -- Songwriters are dangerous people. Pandora and Google must be protected against songwriters. This is patently absurd. If Pandora's recent shameless antics prove anything, it proves the decades-old antitrust consent decrees that dictate how ASCAP and BMI operate need to be updated to reflect the modern online music business or be abandoned altogether in favor of market place licensing.

Digital Double Talk on Music Royalties
By Raymond M. Hair Jr. -- Publicly traded companies often tell one story to Congress and another to Wall Street. When they want favorable legislation, they cry the blues. When they report to their investors, it's nothing but bluebirds and blue skies. Pandora Media is the latest company to spin this double-talk between Washington and Wall Street...

Why I'm Not Losing Sleep Over PRISM.
By David Newhoff -- ...of all the things I'm concerned about in this world (and there are many), the PRISM program doesn't even get on my radar...One of the problems with viral, emotional stories is that they create an instantaneous bandwagon of apparent consensus which, in turn, creates social pressure in an environment like Facebook to either be on or off said bandwagon even before there is time to seek out a voice from among the ever-shrinking population of reflective and experienced professionals.

The Problem with False Creative Commons Licenses
By Jonathan Bailey

Japan Poised to Become the World's Biggest Music Market
By Ida Torres -- What's even more remarkable is that the growth in Japan's market has been driven by physical sales, an "anomaly" in this supposedly digital age.

Major Chinese Music Sites Shift From Free
By Bruce Houghton -- Several of China's major online music websites have shifted from free, to a fee-based model for music downloads.

Fullscreen Closes Comcast, Chernin Group Funding
By Alex Pham -- George Strompolos, the company's chief executive and founder, said the funding was "substantial" and would be used to help his two-year-old startup expand internationally, develop more services for its 15,000 YouTube video creators and develop its own series of original programming.

Digital Citizens Take Google to Task Over Profits from Illicit Activity
By Terry Hart -- The Digital Citizens Alliance released Google & YouTube and Evil Doers: Too Close for Comfort, a report detailing several ways in which Google profits from illicit content.[Google's Rap Sheet.]

Uh-Oh: Is Apple Already F*@%ing Up iTunes Radio?
By Paul Resnikoff -- Back in the day, when Jobs unveiled something on stage, it was generally ready to go — at the Apple Store, on iTunes, whatever. Which brings us to iTunes Radio, which is getting tons of media attention and is being showcased all over the Apple homepage, but is totally unavailable (for months). Or...is it?

What's the Ad Industry Listening To? Find Out With Resonate
By Ad Age -- Ad Age and Spotify have launched Resonate to let the ad industry sort through what agencies, marketers and media companies -- and the tastemakers who work there -- are listening to.

Social Networking: A Complete Waste of Your Musical Talent...
By Helienne Lindvall

6 Bad Habits Most Musicians are Guilty Of
By Simon Tam

Weaned on CDs, They're Reaching for Vinyl
By Allan Kozinn -- Vinyl is growing out of its niche...These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plants. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

Let's Recover The Lost Half Decade Of Music Recorded After Napster
By Andrew Dubber -- There is a five year period of popular music culture that represents an incredibly rich seam of fantastic independent music, much of which never had the opportunity to find its audience. It's an incredible gulf. A deep trench between the old music business and the new music business.

The Gripping, Mind-Blowing, Thrilling Evolution of the Movie Trailer
By Jason Kehe and Katie M. Palmer -- We're obsessed with movie trailers. This year fans watched more than a billion on YouTube and searched for trailers three times more than in 2008. And these numbers continue to grow as studios focus film-advertising dollars online. As soon as the latest movie teaser goes live, the web freaks out.

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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