January 08, 2014

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, January 8th

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.

"Copyright theft is theft as in identity, not in car."
Richard Bennett - Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Indie Artists Are New No. 1 in Music Industry
By Claire Atkinson -- The growth of streaming music services and shared playlists, and the continued strength of YouTube, unleashed new forces on the music business last year — catapulting independent artists onto the charts with growing regularity...

Early Results and Evolution of the UGA Undesirable Lyric Website Study to Include Advertisers.
By David Lowery -- As a result of the publication of the UGA Undesirable Lyric Website List and action taken by the National Music Publishers Association there have been a number of noteworthy updates...

Why Do Musicians Always Feel Disappointed About Their Career?
By Tommy Darker -- Six main reasons for failure, which you'll definitely relate with (if you're a musician)...

Five Lessons the Music Business Can Learn from Amazon
By Kristina Wallender

Listen to Pandora, and It Listens Back
By Natasha Singer -- After years of customizing playlists to individual listeners by analyzing components of the songs they like, then playing them tracks with similar traits, the company has started data-mining users' musical tastes for clues about the kinds of ads are most likely to engage them.

'Click Farms' Growing Bad Data
By Martha Mendoza -- Celebrities, businesses and even the US State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs-up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

The String Up - Stories Tied Together

Barking down the wrong rabbit hole.
Academics, Authors Worldwide Start 2014 Strongly Against Surveillance
By William New -- More than 250 academics from around the world have signed a declaration strongly calling for a stop to surveillance of citizens' communications online by US and European authorities. And in December, more than 500 top authors joined a coalition called Writers against Mass Surveillance calling for international rules to curb wholesale surveillance.

The NSA flap is the perfect cover for tech companies to complete the task of taking over your life. The world's governance is changing hands.
CES's Unsettling Message: Everything Will Be Tracked
By Troy Wolverton -- If Big Brother — or at least Little Cousin, aka your smartphone — isn't watching yet, he soon will be.

I rest my case.
CES 2014: Sensors, Broadband Move Consumers into "Age of Autonomy"
By Chris O'Brien -- ...as the number of gadgets in our lives expands, they are increasingly talking directly to each other and making decisions without consulting us pesky humans.

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence
By Adam Grant -- New evidence shows that when people hone their emotional skills, they become better at manipulating others. When you're good at controlling your own emotions, you can disguise your true feelings. When you know what others are feeling, you can tug at their heartstrings and motivate them to act against their own best interests.

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid
By Cheryl Conner

World's First Hard Drive Weighed 2,000 Pounds, Held 5 MB of Data
By Daniela Hernandez

For Radio Host, Big Bands' Allure Endures
By Charles Fleming -- Chuck Cecil's big band radio show, "Swingin' Years," has been on the air almost continuously since 1956.

40 Years On From The Party Where Hip Hop Was Born
By Rebecca Laurence

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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