September 22, 2015

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Sept. 22, 2015

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.

[We’re gonna take a couple of personal days off … back soon.]

The Young Person’s Guide to Getting Into the Music Industry
By Paul Resnikoff

Digital-Video Use Increases In All Parts of Day – Nielsen
Variety Staff -- Video usage on personal computers, smartphones and mobile tablets has grown nearly 20% overall year-over-year, according to new findings by Nielsen, which examined and compared a month of media usage – May – in both 2014 and 2015.

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Appears In Court To Fight U.S. Extradition
AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Flamboyant German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom appeared in a New Zealand court on Monday, after nearly four years of legal wrangling, at a hearing to determine whether he will face copyright infringement and other charges in the United States. The case will decide whether Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, and three other executives can be extradited to the United States. Other charges include racketeering and money laundering.

Lessig Defends Dotcom as Extradition Hearing Begins
By Terry Hart -- Lawrence Lessig, of course, has become a popular figure in the copyright world for his work in addressing how the law should work in a networked, digital world. However, his track record in accurately describing how the law actually works has been less than stellar.

Why Did MIC Coalition Change Its Logo?
By Chris Castle -- An eagle eyed MTP reader (Michael Eames of PEN Music Group) noticed an odd and recent change in logo at the MIC Coalition, Google and Pandora’s soul-crushing trillion dollar coalition with the National Association of Broadcasters to grind artists even further into the dirt than these corporate behemoths already have.

Why Indie Rock Managers Are Repping Viral Stars Like Grumpy Cat and The Fat Jew
By Courtney E. Smith -- A surprising number of executives with indie pedigree are repping viral stars in a curious case of symbiosis, indie rock managers are taking on viral stars that, chances are, have never picked up a guitar.

Beware Harming Your 'Personal Brand' On Social Media
By Pamela Eyring -- “1 in 7 people on earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family” -- which means about 1 billion people in a single day. … Because of the higher level of visibility social media brings to our lives, it’s important to apply the golden rules of etiquette, manners and respect to your online life just as you do in real life.

How Facebook Turned Instagram Into a $5 Billion Business
By Kurt Wagner -- Facebook doesn’t talk about the money it makes from its photo-sharing app Instagram. But that hasn’t stopped others from talking about it, or at least speculating about it.

Apple’s App Store Was Infected With Malware From China
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Apple confirmed Sunday that malicious code has found its way into apps being sold in the App Store — marking the first successful major attack on that marketplace, according to a report from Reuters.

The iPad Pro: A Boon To Musicians
By Ed Rex -- Although Apple's latest jumbo version of the iPad has been met with a lukewarm reception in many circles, the new plus size device offers several exciting possibilities for musicians involving composing, production, and playing the piano.

Do You Need a Music Publisher?
By Erin M. Jacobson, Esq -- For many independent musicians, owning their own publishing companies often means nothing more than just having name for publishing matters rather than a fully functioning entity. Musicians often ask me the difference between handling their publishing themselves and what a music publisher will do for them.

One Helluva Musical Butt Whoopin’
By Mark Powers -- There’s nothing like stacking yourself up next to a heavyweight to remind you where you’re at on the totem pole! Over the years, I have had several opportunities to study and/or make music with some of the world’s best musicians. In many of those interactions, I have met the challenge and performed quite well, if I do say so myself. On the other hand, I’ve also had some encounters that have downright put me in my place.

[Tips on how to get loaded for your next tour.]
Colombia’s Beloved Jeeps Loaded with Everything but the Kitchen Sink
By MessyNessy

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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