July 02, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 2

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

Look! More Innovation!
By David Newhoff -- There are few companies on the planet that can pony up a half-billion dollar fine for criminal behavior and shrug it off like an overpriced night on the town. And there are probably even fewer companies that can pay such a fine and continue to get away with the very same behavior. But then, not every company is a as innovative as Google.

[Yet another wolf in the White House.]
White House Enlists Help to Get Hip to Cyber Legal Issues
By Eric Sinrod -- ...the Internet has exploded and grown exponentially...In the wake of these realities, the White House now further seeks to get hip by hiring Twitter counsel Nicole Wong...Before working at Twitter, Ms. Wong was a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google.

[Hoe-Leigh Crap.]
US Court Throws out Google Digital Books Class Status
By Jonathan Stempel -- The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin erred in prematurely certifying a class of potentially hundreds of thousands of authors, saying he should have first determined the merits of Google's "fair use" defense.

Can We Afford Online Piracy?
By Ellen Siedler -- ...online piracy is not something to be celebrated, but rather an activity that ultimately undermines our art and those who toil to make it (not just the well-paid executives). [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

AT&T Patents P2P Content Tracking System
By Richard Chirgwin

Even the Online Ad Industry Is Outraged at PRISM and Tempora. But Why?
By David Meyer -- The revelations about the activities of American and British spy agencies are so egregious that even the online ad industry is up in arms. As well they should be — it threatens their livelihood.

[From 140 characters to total illiteracy.]
Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online
By Nick Bilton -- The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what's for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, "Hey, I'm waiting for you," is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts.

What Today's Artists Can Learn from Rock & Roll's Greatest Failure...
By Helienne Lindvall

We Listen to Indie Bands Online, But Pay to See Madonna
By Ryan Tate -- In many ways, it's never been easier for small-time musicians to break out and build devoted followings...But this sort of disruption has yet to significantly affect the live performance business.

Preamp.fm Combines Concert Listings and YouTube
By Clyde Smith -- The recent launch of Preamp.fm attests to the power of a simple idea that's presented well. Combining limited band listings and YouTube videos, Preamp.fm is an event guide and discovery tool that removes the chore-like aspects of the task.

Tiny Android Computer Puts Music Apps on HDTV
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The Tronsmart MK908 Quad Core RK3188 CPU Android Mini PC ($100) has Google Chrome and support for Android apps, which means you can plug it straight into the back of your TV and run all manner of music apps, controlling them with a mouse.

Microsoft Launches Web-based Xbox Music, Available for Subscribers Now
By Tom Warren -- We expected Microsoft to launch its Xbox Music web version this week, and it appears the site is online and ready to use. Xbox Music Pass subscribers can access the web player from music.xbox.com, with a responsive design that adapts to your browser size.

Are There Alternatives to Photoshop?
By grassrootsy

Surgically Implanted Headphones Are Literally 'In-ear'
By Leslie Katz -- Headphones can be so easy to lose - but not when you have them implanted in your ears.

Nile Rogers, Funk and Daft Punk
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a great video where funk guitar virtuoso Nile Rogers talks about his style and his collaboration on the latest Daft Punk record Random Access Memories. Nile just oozes groove, which too many guitar players don't get, unfortunately.

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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