June 24, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, June 24

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

Fair Trade Music Project Speaks Out for Silenced Songwriters
By Business Insider -- "Freedom of expression is the life blood of all creators. There is a disturbing trend in many parts of the world to snuff out political opposition by denying songwriters the ability to express themselves through their songs. This is why the Fair Trade Music Project adopted protection of free speech as one of its five principles..." said Rick Carnes of the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)

Intellectual Property: A Key Driver Of Our Economy
By Victoria Espinel -- Innovation and creativity have always been the foundation of our economy, and effective enforcement of intellectual property rights enables us to promote economic growth, ensure our global competitiveness, and protect the health and safety of our citizens. Today's release of the Administration's 2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement builds on our efforts to protect intellectual property to date, and provides a roadmap for our work over the next three years.

RIAA, NMPA Laud White House's New Intellectual Property Enforcement Plan
By Glenn Peoples

[In yet another assault on songwriters...]
Pandora Files Motion to Keep Low Publishing Rates
By Ed Christman -- Pandora has filed a motion with the ASCAP rate court, making the case that publishers looking to cut their own direct deals with Pandora are in fact bound by the ASCAP consent decree and cannot withdraw their digital rights from the performance rights organization. [Why are these people pound, pound pounding away on songwriters...They'd have NO business without them! There are alternatives to Pandora...I like Spotify's similar "radio" experience.]

How The World Will Shape Itself to Please Social Butterflies
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The old staleness: hiring an expert to design soundscapes for bars, restaurants, museums and the like. The new hotness: allowing the sonic environment to shape itself around the musical preferences of the people in the room.

Where Teens Go Instead of Facebook (and Why You Should Too)
By Becky Worley

Average iTunes Account Generates Just $12 in Music Revenue Per Year
By Glenn Peoples -- The average person doesn't spend much on music at iTunes, the world's biggest music store, but iTunes itself generates an incredible amount of revenue.

Web's Reach Binds N.S.A. and Silicon Valley Leaders
By James Risen and Nick Wingfield -- Both hunt for ways to collect, analyze and exploit large pools of data about millions of Americans.

Sizing Up Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet
By Steve Lohr

There's A Billion Reasons Never To Give Stores Your ZIP Code
By Adam Tanner

Firefox Web Browser to Move Ahead Plan to Block Tracking
By Craig Timberg -- Firefox's developers made the decision despite intense resistance from advertising groups, which have argued that tracking is essential to delivering well-targeted, lucrative ads that pay for many popular Internet services.

Here's Why The TV Apps Economy Will Be A $14 Billion Business
By Michael Wolf -- Gaudy numbers to be sure, but let me tell you why that number may ultimately be conservative.

Michael Robertson Launches UberStations, Takes On TuneIn
By Bruce Houghton -- UberStations monitors thousands of music and talk radio stations in real-time and users can see what songs are playing on stations in their area.

How The Courts Changed The Direction Of Music
By Bobby Owsinski -- ...over the years there's been a number of court rulings that have had a profound bearing on the direction of music, even though the participants never dreamed that such a thing would occur.

Watch An iPhone Guitar Record Song with Synths, Drums
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- If you think of the guitar as a relic of the past, fit only for aging bar blues bands and camping hippies, think again.

What's the Best Trailer Ever? Film Maestros Weigh In, and You Can Too
By Jason Kehe

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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