June 27, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, June 27

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

What's at the Bottom of the Pandora Box?
By David Newhoff -- Opening up Pandora's box, if you will, raises many issues, including the overarching question as to just how well digital-age models, at their best, are working for artists. But while we're still mid torrent issuing from Pandora, one question too often overlooked is where the songs come from in the first place.

Several Artists Are Now 'Strongly Considering' Removing Content from Pandora...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The 'nuclear option,' as one source put it, would involve forcible removals of song catalogs from Pandora in response to continued artist hostility. Which may have seemed absolutely unthinkable just months ago, but now seems appropriate against a rising artist backlash.

Over 2.5 Million Have Activated Pandora In-Car App
By Paul Maloney

[Wonder if fair - or excessive - payment to the Eagles had anything to do with this?]
The Eagles Catalog Available at Subscription Services
By Glenn Peoples -- One less band is unavailable to the millions of people who pay to access music. As of Tuesday, the Eagles catalog can be found at music subscription services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.

Appeals Court Upholds College Student's $675,000 Piracy Penalty
By Eriq Gardner -- In the long-running case of Joel Tenenbaum, who was ordered in 2009 by a jury to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs online, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Tuesday that the penalty should stand. ... "Tenenbaum carried on his activities for years in spite of numerous warnings, he made thousands of songs available illegally, and he denied responsibility during discovery," says the appellate court. "Much of this behavior was exactly what Congress was trying to deter when it amended the Copyright Act. Therefore, we do not hesitate to conclude that an award of $22,500 per song, an amount representing 15% of the maximum award for willful violations and less than the maximum award for non-willful violations, comports with due process."

Miami Tops Amazon's Music Sales List, Cities That Rock
Tuesday Amazon.com released their Cities That Rock list, ranking 100 major U.S. cities by MP3, CD and vinyl record sales.

[Humans are... so ... 1990.]
Spotify CEO Says Machines Will Pick Our Music In the Future...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Mr. Ek thinks that the delivery of music will soon evolve to the point that we will not even have to decide what to listen to — our technology will simply know, depending on where we are.

[Starting to sound like the door is being cracked for digital age payola.]
Rdio for iOS Gets Smarter, So You Can Be Lazy
By Tom Dillon -- If you subscribe to Rdio and use iOS, keep your eye out for two new features designed to turn what the industry calls "lean forward" music (where you're choosing songs intentionally) to "lean back" music (where something else chooses the songs for you).

New Firefox 22 Enables Browser-Based File-Sharing
By Peter Butler

Web-Based Version of Xbox Music Launching Next Week
By Tom Cheredar -- Microsoft is launching a web version of its streaming music service/digital store Xbox music next week, according to a report by The Verge. Xbox Music is Microsoft's rebranded version of Zune, which is both a digital music store and streaming service that's similar to Spotify.

Can You Spotify Classical Music?
By Hallam Fulcher -- Spotify is changing how people experience their favourite music online. But is it useful for classical music fans?

The Small Businesses Behind the Big (And Small) Screen
By Creativeamerica -- Small businesses are equally integral to the film and television industry, from local production companies and technical support services, to distributors and art house theaters, to prop shops and caterers. In fact, of the more than 95,000 businesses that support film and television production in all 50 states, greater than 80% employ fewer than 10 people. Not to mention the countless other businesses that benefit when production dollars are spent in their community. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Congressmen Propose the 'We Are Watching You Act'
By Frederick Lah -- Television broadcasters have long been able to track their shows' popularity. But a new bill introduced in Congress last week aims to regulate technology that would go even farther by using actual cameras and microphones on TV set-top boxes or DVRs to record viewers' reactions to advertisements.

Want To Make Music But Don't Understand It? Try ‘Daft Punk In a Box’
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Making music is great because you get to DJ massive nightclubs in Las Vegas for millions of dollars a year and have an aggressive, European-style haircut based on the metric system. Okay, that's one vision of it… but how do you get there without, you know, learning how to play music?

The Amazing Resonance Experiment
By Bobby Owsinski -- This is truly amazing. It's just a vibrating plate with some salt on top, but the shapes that the salt takes at different frequencies is totally unexpected.

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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