December 01, 2015

ASCAP Daily Brief for Dec. 1, 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.

Notes from an Independent Record Producer, “Sound Different!”
by Jamie Hill
The world doesn’t need more of what it’s already got. Full disclosure: I have an adventurous and wide-ranging sonic palate, as a producer and also as a listener. It’s probably a product of when I grew up. Every song on the radio when I was a kid sounded wildly different from every other song. This was thrilling to ten-year-old me; I spent hundreds of hours transfixed in front of the radio, wondering exactly how each otherworldly combination of sounds had been achieved.

Kim Dotcom Slams 'Dirty Ugly Bully' Uncle Sam As Extradition Hearing Ends
by Kieren McCarthy
The extradition hearing of rotund web baron Kim Dotcom finally ended Tuesday, having taken three times longer than expected. … Tweeting on the last day of the hearing, Dotcom railed: "My defense team has shown how utterly unreliable, malicious, and unethical the US case against me is. They have exposed a dirty ugly bully." … If … Dotcom and three colleagues of the Megaupload file storing service, (are) extradited to the United States, they will face charges of fraud, racketeering, and money laundering that could bring with them a 20-year jail sentence.

[A concept critical to the future of music.]
Nummi's Example For Newspapers
bt David Chavern
Toyota always felt that in order for it to succeed as a company, its parts suppliers and other partners also had to succeed. Everyone had to buy into one, mutually-reinforcing idea of success. In contrast, GM had famously difficult relationships with many of its suppliers at the time and frequently viewed them as independent economic actors. With this mindset, supplier relationships continued to deteriorate until GM's recent efforts to prioritize trust, engagement and mutuality with its partners. [Thanks for the Copyright Alliance for the link.]

Google Takedown Requests Mushroom As Copyright Holders Play Whack-A-Mole
by Kelly Fiveash
More than 65m requests flood into Choc Factory in past month.

Braham v. Sony/ATV Music Publishing
by Jonathan Zavin, et al
In copyright infringement suit targeting Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off,” magistrate judge recommends dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s claim, finding plaintiff failed to plausibly allege that Swift’s repeating phrases “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” and “Players gonna play, play, play, play, play” infringed plaintiff’s copyright in his song “Haters Gone Hate.”

How the Sound That Defined 80s Music Still Lives on Today
by Nick Laugher

Genius! Boost Your WiFi with a Soda Can
by Rocky Greene

Interview: Meet the Guy Who Gives You the Heads Up If an Album Leaks
by Stanley Widianto
Staffan Ulmert will let you know if and when an album has leaked. His site Has It Leaked is like the Neighborhood Watch of musical leaks which, according to the official website, aims to mediate between fans and labels. While it won’t provide direct links, Steffan says that the site acts as a platform for music fans to discuss leaks (and presumably do a few quick searches and find them).

[With humans systematically being excluded from participating in life, finally comes a sport only robots could enjoy.]
The Next Frontier In Formula Racing: Driverless Cars
by Brian Fung

[This is great.]
The Telharmonium Was the Spotify of 1906
by Ella Morton
The Telharmonium made use of telephone networks to transmit music from a central hub in midtown Manhattan to restaurants, hotels, and homes around the city. [Thanks to Paul Williams for the link.]

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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