June 26, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, June 26

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

Fear And Loathing Of Silicon Valley
By Alexia Tsotsis -- Silicon Valley is suffering from an acute fallacy of composition: Just because it does some good doesn't mean the whole is good. Tech isn't above harming society. Just because change (i.e. Disruption) is inevitable doesn't mean it's always welcome. Machine guns were innovation. They Disrupted muskets.

[Comes highly recommended by those in the know.]
TUBES: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
By Andrew Blum - Reviewed by Mark Berman -- It's easy to think of the Internet as an ethereal, otherworldly place. Even the way we talk about it speaks to its inherent everywhereness and nothingness — it's all "wireless" this, "in the cloud" that. ... As Andrew Blum writes in his new book, there's a tangible, physical reality to the Internet, even if we tend to forget about it. ... As we move into an ever-more-wireless world, it's worth remembering that so much of this system relies on cables, networks, data centers, mainframes and physical effort.... "Tubes" is sprightly and easy to read, with a story that travels from an Internet exchange in Palo Alto, Calif., to a network hub in Frankfurt, Germany. [Thanks to David Newhoff for the tip]

My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale!
By David Lowery

[Oh, yeah, well...]
My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
By Paul Resnikoff

Report: Music, Not Video, Tops Digital Subscription, Download Market
By Erik Gruenwedel -- Video streaming, downloads projected to surpass music downloads, subscriptions and radio by 2016

In Less Than Two Years, Snapchat Is An $860 Million Company
By J.J. Colao

Google Glass Is Orwellian, Ridiculous, and ‘Destroys People,' Noam Chomsky Says
By John Koetsier -- Google Glass is Orwellian, famed American philosopher, scientist, and activist Noam Chomsky says.

[Remember when you had a life ... even when you were told to get one ... Now having or getting a life could be impossible.]
Company Unmasks Anonymous Web Visitors For A Price
By Adam Tanner -- Imagine you visit a company's website, do not log in, fill out any forms, volunteer your email address or otherwise identify yourself. After you leave the page, someone calls you to offer the company's goods or services. Creepy, or clever marketing?

Counterfeits, Trademark Infringement, and Contributory Liability: Your Vendors Are Your Problem
By Susan Neuberger Weller -- Counterfeit goods seem to be everywhere, and efforts to police their ubiquitous existence often seem futile. However, a recent decision involving counterfeit Coach products should inspire those who host vendors of counterfeit products to rethink their business strategy. Last month, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Coach, Inc. et al v. Frederick Goodfellow confirmed a district court's award of $5,000,000 in damages and an additional $186, 000 in attorneys' fees to Coach for a flea market owner's failure to stop his vendors from selling counterfeit Coach goods.

46 Things We've Learned From Facebook Studies
By Kashmir Hill

The Definitive Survival Guide for Band and Musician Photo Shoots
By Russ Robinson of Tampa Band Photos -- a commercial music photographer. He does shoots all over the US, and offers photo advice for musicians on his blog and Twitter.

Why So Many Artists Are Recording in Secret
By Tom Dillon

Can One Playlist Change the World?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The realistic answer to the above question is "probably not." Still, we have to give some credit to the organizers of Agit8, an initiative from the anti-poverty foundation One.org, whose board includes Bono, Sheryl Sandberg, and Condoleeza Rice, for a unique, well-executed idea: a Spotify playlist of protest songs that you can filter by topic.

The Late, Great Bobby ‘Blue' Bland Talks His First Hit, His Legacy, Chauffeuring B.B. King In One of His Last Interviews
By Paul Sexton -- The sad news of Bobby "Blue" Bland's passing on Jun. 23 deprives us of a true sovereign, whose distinctive voice mixed honey and gravel, and who could spin a web of romantic passion and pain inside three minutes.

Grocery Store Opera
By Big Geek Daddy -- [Thanks to Pamela Phillips Oland for the link]

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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