April 21, 2014

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 21st

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

Off to board meetings and the ASCAP EXPO. Back next Monday.

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? – 2 Years Later
By David Lowery -- It's been exactly two years since I caused a furor by posting "Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss?"...what has changed and what has stayed the same?

[Let's never forget that without a song there is no music industry! Just try producing The Voice without songs.]
Growing Consensus in Washington on Need for Modernizing Music Licensing
By Erik Philbrook -- ...we wanted to highlight several prominent voices that have spoken out about the need to modernize music licensing. For an issue so important to the livelihood of songwriters and their families, it's encouraging to see so many prominent voices calling for reform.

Google's Tangled Web
By David Newhoff -- "You won't know who to trust..." It's a familiar refrain in any number of thrillers in which protagonists find themselves entangled in webs of overlapping conspiracies. You think you have a position, an ideology and allies; and it turns out you're being played by a powerful manipulator pulling strings on both sides of the battle. The lines between good and evil blur...

Americans Aren't Ready for the Future Google and Amazon Want to Build
By Issie Lapowsky -- Americans are hopeful about the future of technology. But don't release the drones just yet. And forget meat grown in a petri dish.

Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings
By Ed Christman -- The labels say both digital music services take advantage of a copyright loophole, since the master recording for copyright wasn't created federally until 1972. But the labels claim that their master recordings are protected by individual state copyright laws and therefore deserve royalty payments.

See How St. Vincent Doubled Her First Week Album Sales...
By Nina Ulloa -- St. Vincent's latest album, St. Vincent, came out on February 25th...In the first week 29,506 copies of St. Vincent were sold. This is double the amount of first week sales for St. Vincent's previous album. So how did The Found Group do it?

Get Ready for New Facebook Privacy Freakout: 'Nearby Friends'
By Chris O'Brien -- If you've been thinking that it's been too long since the world has had a good old fashioned freakout over a Facebook privacy issue, then here's some good news.

Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify
By Alex Pham -- Why are music services in such a hurry to dosey doe with carriers? Here are five potential reasons.

Hypothetical Technology Is Fun. Real Technology Creeps Us Out.
By Brian Fung

Fire the Robot
By Nicholas Carr -- Toyota announced a recall of more than six million cars for a variety of defects, is having second thoughts about its robot culture. A longtime pacesetter in factory automation, the company is putting a new stress on nurturing human expertise and craftsmanship, reports Bloomberg. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

5 Dangerous File Sharing Habits You Need to Break Right Now
By Sara Angeles -- Because many small businesses don't have the right file-sharing systems and policies, many turn to unsafe practices that often put both their business's and clients' privacy in jeopardy.

Audio Engineering Pioneer John Meyer: Stop Chasing the next Big Thing, and Go with FLAC Instead
By Janko Roettgers -- Some consumers want better-sounding audio recordings, and some companies are ready to sell them snake oil, believes Meyer Sound founder John Meyer. [What is FLAC?]

[Because I was a lunatic for the Batman TV series, and a "Markett" on the hit record of its theme, I couldn't let Lorenzo Semple, Jr.'s passing go by without a marker. Incidentally, the Hammond B-3 on the Markett's record was played by Mike Melvoin, who played the iconic organ intro to Sinatra's "That's Life." Both records were produced by the legendary Jimmy Bowen. Hint: To make it happen for yourself you have to be where it's happening.]
Brains Behind TV 'Batman' Dies at 91
By WENN -- Lorenzo Semple, Jr., the brains behind the Batman TV series, has died a day after celebrating his 91st birthday. The beloved screenwriter, who created scripts for classic films like Three Days of the Condor, Papillon and Bond film Never Say Never Again."...Semple was responsible for the iconic "Pow!" and "Kapow!" graphics that popped up on screen during Batman TV fight scenes.

VIDEO: Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Sergey Brin Face His Impostors on National TV
By Daniela Hernandez

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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