June 20, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, June 20

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

Copyright: Empowering Innovation and Creativity
By Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO, MPAA; Fmr. U.S. Senator -- "...the copyright debate has grown extremely polarized. But the founders of our republic considered copyright so important to unlocking the creative and economic potential of this country that they explicitly called for its protection and promotion in our Constitution."

Copyright Revision Shouldn't Require Historical Revision
By Terry Hart -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation provided a "reality check" of recent comments by MPAA CEO Chris Dodd [above] regarding the current review of copyright law in the US. But as is true with much the organization says, the EFF's "reality check" falls far short of reality.

David Israelite To Remain NMPA President and CEO Through 2018
By Jessica Nicholson

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next
By Adam Tanner

Google's Effort to Skirt Regulation May Invite More Scrutiny
By Steven M. Davidoff -- Google's motto is "don't be evil." But its recent acquisition of Waze, reportedly for $1 billion in cash, shows that just because you're not evil, it doesn't mean you can't be aggressive in pushing the boundaries of the law. The question now is whether the United States government pushes back and forces Google to give back its new toy.

"Set it, and forget it!"- Ron Popeil
How to Exponentially Increase the Digital Music Services Market
By Glenn Peoples -- After keeping mainstream consumers at arm's length for years, digital music services have started simplifying their product to reach the broader market.

Jacobs Media's Tech Survey Shows Annual Slip For AM/FM Radio And TV [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Clyde Smith -- Media's annual Tech Survey, described as the "largest radio tech survey ever conducted," also gives insight into self-reported media usage across a range of devices, digital options and broadcast services. Particularly noteworthy was an overall slip in both AM/FM radio and TV audiences as well as some interesting observations regarding Pandora.

How To Get Your Music On Shazam
By Jesse Cannon

Certification Begins on a Faster, More Reliable Wi-Fi Technology
By Paresh Dave

Is Your Movie and Music Preference Related?
By Brian Whitman -- If we knew someone's movie preference, could we build a better music playlist for them? Or can we help you choose a movie by knowing more about your music taste? I recently poked out of my own bubble of music recommendation and music retrieval to see if there were any correlations we could make use of.

Twitter Launches Analytics For All and Highlight Reels You Can Edit
By Clyde Smith

Understanding Common Touring / Concert Promotion Contracts and Making a Profit
By Katie Reilly -- ...unfortunately the passion of musicians and the complexities of the music business make it ripe breeding ground for scams created by people looking to make money off of unwitting artists looking for a chance to be heard.

House Concerts - You're Probably Doing it Wrong
By Fran Snyder -- If you treat someone's home (or your own) like a public venue, you are inviting several types of liability with potentially serious consequences. House concerts should be private events, and this article describes ways to safely build an audience, and the problems that can arise if you go "public."

Bitter or Better: The Two Types of Artists
By Grassrootsy -- When things don't go the way you want them to in life, you have 2 options...

Enigma Variations
By Jason Weisberger -- Composed by Edward Elgar between 1898 and '99, Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra ("Engima"), Op. 36, has long been my favorite piece of classical music. In addition to being beautiful music there is enough mystery packed into the Variations to keep every conspiracy theorist in the house busy for years.

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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