Saturday, March 29, 2014

ASCAP Daily Brief


ASCAP Daily Brief
Friday, March 21, 2014


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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.


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
We're Being Royalty Screwed! Pandora Blames Price Rise on Musos Wanting Money
By Shaun Nichols -- Streaming music biz Pandora will raise the price of its One subscription service, blaming a jump in royalties it has to pay out to record labels.
What ASCAP Members Need to Know About the Pandora Rate Court Decision
By ASCAP -- While the court rightly recognized the need for Pandora to pay a higher rate than the rate being paid by most radio stations – the rate that Pandora was seeking – ASCAP continues to believe that songwriters deserve more.
STATEMENT: NMPA President and CEO David Israelite Re: ASCAP / Pandora Ruling
By David Israelite -- "This ruling confirms what we already knew - songwriters will never be paid fairly as long as they must labor under World War II era consent decrees..."
Turntable Officially Closes
By Clyde Smith -- As Billy Chasen points out in his Turntable postmortem, startups that require music licensing are in a tough spot..."We spent more than a quarter of our cash on lawyers, royalties and services related to supporting music." [Note to Billy: Real business models take the cost of doing business into account.]
Beats Music Added 1000 Subscribers Daily In First Month [Report]
By Bruce Houghton -- Five million subscribers needed to be profitable.
[In magic, politics and business they call this the "misdirect." Look over there while I do something sneaky over here.]
At TED, Google's Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy
By Jeff Bercovici -- In an on-stage Q&A at the TED conference in Vancouver, Page said he considers the NSA's far-reaching data collection regime a threat to democracy and an obstacle to technological innovation. [Say what? Not even common sense, morals or the law have been obstacles to Google's technological innovation.]
[Here's where you should have been looking.]
Google's Widespread Wiretapping Could Have Snowden-esque Repercussions
By Scott Cleland -- A shocking new legal fact set recently came together in public as a result of a Gmail wiretapping case, Fread v. Google. Revelations of Google's secret widespread wiretapping of hundreds of millions of people over the last three years, using a NSA-PRISM-like device called "Content One Box" could have Snowden-esque repercussions.
How the Bluebird Cafe Is Dealing With Its 'Nashville' Star Turn
By Tom Roland -- The Bluebird, which seats no more than 100 people, has long been a difficult place to get a table. Now, thanks to its central role in the ABC drama Nashville, it's close to impossible.
Steve Lillywhite, John Beasley, Jackie Boyz and The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Benjamin Weinman Among ASCAP EXPO AdditionsBy ASCAP -- The ASCAP EXPO draws near and we have exciting panelist additions. Don't miss your chance to network and learn from a wide range of music industry leaders.
Want to Avoid Friends in Real Life? Get Cloak, a New 'Antisocial' App
By Salvador Rodriguez -- A new iPhone app wants to help you avoid running into people you don't like by showing you their latest check-ins on one big green map.
Ambrose Akinmusire: 'Music Can Tell You What It Wants To Be'
By NPR Staff -- For a jazz trumpet player, you couldn't be more on top of the world than Ambrose Akinmusire...Akinmusire spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about the unlikely influences — string quartets, documentary films, Joni Mitchell — that have molded him into one of the most talked-about names in contemporary jazz.
Listen: Real Bands Cover Classics From Fictional TV and Movie Groups
By Devon Maloney -- Some of the greatest bands in history weren't real bands at all. From Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem to Cattanooga Cats, history is full of fictional TV and movie bands that performed classic tunes we will never stop loving.
What Are the Acoustic Wonders of the World?
By Joseph Stromberg -- Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox was inspired to embark on his life's grandest quest when he climbed down to the bottom of a sewer.




Dean KayDEAN 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 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).



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What ASCAP Members Need to Know About the Pandora Rate Court Decision




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THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS

What ASCAP Members Need to Know About the Pandora Rate Court Decision

As most of you know, Pandora began litigation against ASCAP's 500,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members in the fall of 2012, seeking a lower rate for public performance licenses. Under the terms of ASCAP's decades-old consent decree, ASCAP must grant a license to anyone who asks. When parties can't agree on the price for a license, a federal judge (or "rate court") decides the rate.
Judge Denise Cote has now issued her decision in the ASCAP-Pandora rate court proceeding, setting a rate of 1.85% of Pandora's revenues for each of the five years of the license term (2011-2015). ASCAP had proposed an escalating rate structure, asking 1.85% for each of 2011 and 2012, 2.5% for 2013, and 3.00% for each of 2014 and 2015. Pandora was seeking to reduce the current rate to 1.7%, the rate paid by traditional radio stations under the Radio Music License Committee agreement.

SONGWRITERS DESERVE MORE

While the court rightly recognized the need for Pandora to pay a higher rate than traditional radio, ASCAP strongly believes that songwriters deserve more.
"Streaming is growing in popularity - and so is the value of music on that platform," said ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento. "Recent agreements negotiated without the artificial constraints of a consent decree make clear that the market rate for Internet radio is substantially higher than 1.85%."
Songwriter and ASCAP President Paul Williams said:
"The rate court's decision preserves the status quo, which is unacceptable for the thousands of songwriters and composers who depend on ASCAP royalties for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, it is now more clear than ever that it is time to update the laws that regulate how songwriters and composers license our works to make sure the next generation of songwriters is paid fairly regardless of how listeners enjoy their music. That's why ASCAP is leading the charge for reform."

A MODERN MUSIC LICENSING SYSTEM

The bottom line is we need to take a fresh look at the system that regulates music licensing, including the outdated ASCAP consent decree, to make sure it reflects the realities of today's music marketplace and consumer behavior.
That's why ASCAP is talking to stakeholders throughout the music industry, trying to build consensus around how we can create a more efficient, effective and modern music licensing system – one that better serves not only ASCAP members, but also music licensees and music fans everywhere.
There are some encouraging developments:
  • There is a growing consensus around the importance of music licensing reform
  • Last month, the Songwriter Equity Act was introduced in Congress, aimed at amending US copyright law so that songwriters are able to earn fair rates
  • US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante has said "the time has come to re-examine the consent decrees"
ASCAP will continue to be on the frontlines in the fight for fair compensation for songwriters and composers in the digital age. But we need your help. We encourage you to visit our Advocacypage for the latest news and information about how you can get involved in the campaign for music licensing reform.
Working together, we can build a more sustainable future for music – one in which songwriters and composers can thrive alongside the businesses that revolve around our music.
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Chris Bartlett



"I believe what's kept me going strong in this industry for the last decade is my love of the live performance," says Chris Bartlett when detailing the amount of hours he puts in on stage every year. For the past 5 years Chris Bartlett has averaged over 300 shows annually and has performed in over 60 different countries. His tremendous passion for live performance and supreme work ethic has enabled him to refine a powerfully soulful and polished sound.  In his music you hear heavy influences of Folk music from the 60's and 70's intertwined with the passion and rhythmic motion found in Soul and Southern Rock

After playing in a various array of multi-genre bands for the early 2000's, Chris Bartlett started playing solo acoustic shows. He enjoyed the freedom of solo performance because he could be quite daring and adventurous with his arrangements. He learned to let the songs stand on their own, and to never be afraid to try something new every time they were performed. "The biggest step that I take in becoming a better player is learning my favorite artists' songs. If I like it, I learn it. Not only has that expanded my knowledge of music as a whole, it's taught me how to write a good song."

In an age where hit songs are built on laptops in hotel rooms and pieced together with shallow hooks and recycled gimmicks, it can seem that the true performing artist has no place in the music industry today. "To me, real music needs to be performed honestly. If the artist doesn't mean what they are performing, then no one else is going to feel it."

When you hear a Chris Bartlett track, you will hear the energy and passion of a live performance. He believes that the best recordings in history happened before the technology allowed songs to be assimilated from dozens of substandard takes - when equipment and labor costs for studio time were high enough so that the artist had to have the hit song ready and polished before a microphone was ever brought into the picture.

Chris Bartlett's goal in the music industry is clear: Play every show, sing every song, write every lyric, and record every album with honesty. This was most recently realized in 2014 with his sophomore full length release entitled 'Dogs in the Water,' which details his experiences as a world traveler and lone performer. Every song on this critically acclaimed collection was recorded in a single take, with the acoustic guitar and vocals being performed simultaneously. There are minimal overdubs used to add color and depth to the record, which already has a striking palate of rich storytelling and beautiful imagery.

In 2014 Chris Bartlett will continue his tour worldwide, stopping only to take some time off during the Summer to travel and write while crossing the USA via the scenic highways and backroads. "I've been everywhere except for my own backyard - I've toured the States before, but never stopping to really look at it. I always flew by everything at 70mph in the dark. I'm looking forward to spending some time at home. I think this will be a brilliant way to spark the theme of my next collection."

ALBUM RELEASE
DOGS IN THE WATER
by CHRIS BARTLETT

Available for immediate release.  Dogs in the Water is Chris Bartlett's latest solo record.  It's a follow up to 2011's critically acclaimed TRUTH EP.
Dogs in the Water is a chronicling of Chris' past few years spent traveling the world by sea.  It's largely autobiographical and performed solo with minimal overdubbing and production.
"Most music today isn't created honestly. All genres of music have been polished and bleached and pasteurized and shrinkwrapped and compressed until there's very little art and execution left in them at all. In trying to achieve that previously mentioned 'authenticity' I've decided to take a new approach to this record. I wanted to actually perform the songs."
Track List:
  1. Hallowed Ground
  2. A Chance to Be Redeemed
  3. Paupers and Kings
  4. Dogs in the Water
  5. You and I
  6. Follow
  7. I Will Run
  8. Lost in Las Vegas
  9. For the Memory
  10. The Ballad of Billy Joe Bass
Dogs in the Water was recorded by engineer Joey Stuckey at Joey's own Shadow Sound Studio in Macon, GA.

Monday, March 17, 2014

ASCAP Daily Brief



ASCAP Daily Brief
Thursday, March 13, 2014


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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.


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
[The House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet is holding a hearing today on the safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This post by Chris Castle from October 2013 is more important than ever as creators continue to search for a more efficient way to protect their works from being illegally downloaded.]
Copyright Erosion: How DMCA Misuse Became A Multimillion Dollar Shakedown and Income Transfer
By Chris Castle -- ...due to an extraordinarily distorted interpretation of the "safe harbors" created with the best of intentions by the Congress in 1998 (the so-called "DMCA notice and takedown"), the value of copyright not only is eroded, but an – illegal – multi-billion dollar business has evolved. The DMCA has, in effect, fostered one of the greatest income transfers of all time...
How Amazon Is Going After Apple and Google
By Chris Ciaccia -- Amazon is going after the grocery business as its next big growth engine, but don't let that fool you into thinking that's all it's focused on. The next target for Amazon? Your living room...
Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)
By Andrew Flanaga -- At the Spotify House in Austin during SXSWi, Billboard spoke with Ken Parks, the music streaming service's chief content officer who discussed how an IPO would impact (or not impact) the company, what shortcomings the Echo Nest purchase might address, equalizing artists' royalty payments and much more.
Rdio Will Terminate its Relationship With The Echo Nest
By Brad Hill -- The Echo Nest was acquired by Spotify last week, and [Rdio CEO Anthony] Bay indicated in an interview that he didn't want Rdio user metrics to be visible to Spotify, one of its primary competitors.
Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding
By Emily White -- The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash being used to invest in product development, acquiring new customers and marketing.
Universal Music Mulls 'All You Can Eat' Buffet of Song Downloads
By Andrew Orlowski -- Universal has helped scupper such "all you can eat" concepts before amid fears that buffet-style music services encourage fans to join, download everything in sight, and then leave after a short period...
VIDEO: Aereo Case: Bloomberg TV Interview with Sandra Aistars
By The Copyright Alliance
CBS May Go Online, Cut Off Its Broadcast Signal If Aereo Prevails: CEO
By Liana B. Baker
Why Pono Is the Worst Audio Player I Have EVER Seen...
By Steven Finch
[Is Google's next step encrypting searches for illegal creative products?]
Google Is Encrypting Search Worldwide. That's Bad for the NSA and China
By Craig Timberg and Jia Lynn Yang
Silicon Valley's Youth Problem
By Yiren lu -- In start-up land, the young barely talk to the old (and vice versa). That makes for a lot of cool apps. But great technology? Not so much...The talent — and there's a ton of it — flowing into Silicon Valley cares little about improving infrastructural elements. What they care about is coming up with more web apps.
2014's Highest-Paid Musicians
By Rebecca Macatee
Earliest Known Fender Stratocaster on Sale in Nashville
By Nate Rau -- It wasn't played by a rock 'n' roll hero like Bob Dylan or Elvis Presley, but a historic guitar is on sale for $250,000 at a Nashville instrument shop. The guitar is the earliest known Fender Stratocaster, the electric guitar that has built a cult following all its own.
Doris Day is 90 - 'Que Sera, Sera'
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
[Does this mean the end of the triangle song?]
Starting Today, Jealous Lovers Can Buy NSA-Like Monitoring Powers
By Adam Tanner -- Starting today, mSpy is selling phones preloaded with software that make it simple for users without any tech savvy to start surveillance right out of the box.




Dean KayDEAN 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 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).



The ASCAP Daily Brief-Powered by The Dean's List is intended as a guide to direct music professionals to key articles about issues facing the entertainment industry. Recipients are encouraged to read further about the issues by accessing the complete article through the links provided. Author attribution is provided with each article, and none of the links allow readers to by-pass subscription archive gateways. Please note that all editorial comments are indicated in brackets. Questions? Comments? Please Contact Us

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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ASCAP Daily Brief
Tuesday, March 11, 2014


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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.


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
[MUST VIEW: This 60 Minutes investigation proves that the tech industry is a bigger threat to our well being than the NSA. I'm not paranoid after all.]
VIDEO: The Data Brokers: Selling Your Personal Information
By Steve Kroft -- Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security. What most of you don't know, or are just beginning to realize, is that a much greater and more immediate threat to your privacy is coming from thousands of companies you've probably never heard of, in the name of commerce.
Google: Too Big to Nail?
By John C. Greiner -- The case, currently pending in federal court in San Jose, asks the court to certify a class of Google customers who claim that Google intercepted and read private e-mails to create tailored advertising and build user profiles...
The Robots Are Coming for Your Job. Here's How to Respond
By Matt McFarland -- [Eric Schmidt (Google again) wants us to embrace robot co-workers. Wonder if he has ever been to Detroit?]
Amazon Reportedly Inching Toward a Music Service (UPDATE)
By Brad Hill -- Billboard offers a report of discussions with music industry sources, indicating that Amazon's negotiations with music labels is going badly, offering licensing rates that one label owner calls "insane."...With low proposed fixed pools (one for indies and one for major labels), Amazon appears to be attempting to devalue the wholesale cost of music.
[Of Men and Mice]
Disney Bets $1 Billion on Technology to Track Theme-Park Visitors
By Christopher Palmeri -- [Thanks to J. Fred Knobloch for the link.]
What is the Effect of File Sharing on the Creation of New Music?
By George S. Ford, PhD -- Congress is now actively reviewing copyright law, with some hoping to strengthen copyright's protections while others aim to weaken them. As the debate heats up, an increasing amount of research effort is being devoted to the study of copyright, with significant attention directed at the effects of piracy. [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]
Weekly Copyright Issues Wrap Up...March 7, 2014
By The Copyright Alliance -- Provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).
The Oscar Selfie: Why Copyright Analysis Should Be Left To Copyright Lawyers
By Paul Fakler -- [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
The DMCA Is Not An Alibi: The Googlization of Art and Artists
By Chris Castle -- According to Google's most recent Transparency Report, Google receives 20 million take down notices a month for search alone.
Spanish p2p Websites Stop Linking to Infringing Content
By Telecompaper
Neil Young Touts MP3 Player That's No Piece of Crap
By Richard Chirgwin -- Crazy Horse man saddles up "Pono" for digital audiophiles.
Self-Employed Musician? Get Ready For Tax Time!
By Hypebot -- Until software programmers come out with a package especially for us musicians, there are some basic things you'll want to know – even if you hire a professional to help – to save yourself time and stress with tax prep.
How Flight Drummers Got 500,000 YouTube Views In 10 Months
By Clyde Smith -- Flight Drummers is a drumming education company that used YouTube to grow their services and events. Over a course of 10 months they grew a small YouTube channel to a subscriber base of over 8400 and over 500k views.
Mike Curb Puts His Own Spin on Music Business
By Nate Rau -- Mike Curb estimates there were 700 independent record labels doing business when he launched his Sidewalk Records label in 1964...With 433 No. 1 records and more than 1,500 top-10 records, Curb's company has achieved success he didn't expect when he lived in the janitor's area of an office building because he couldn't afford an apartment.
[Are you kidding me?]
Wealthier People Are More Musical, Report Suggests
By George Arnett -- Do wealthy people really have a better grasp of music? That is the finding of analysis by researchers at Goldsmiths University into what is claimed to be the biggest musical psychology survey ever.




Dean KayDEAN 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 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).



The ASCAP Daily Brief-Powered by The Dean's List is intended as a guide to direct music professionals to key articles about issues facing the entertainment industry. Recipients are encouraged to read further about the issues by accessing the complete article through the links provided. Author attribution is provided with each article, and none of the links allow readers to by-pass subscription archive gateways. Please note that all editorial comments are indicated in brackets. Questions? Comments? Please Contact Us

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Friday, March 7, 2014

ASCAP Daily Brief, Friday March 7, 2014



ASCAP Daily Brief
Friday, March 07, 2014


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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.


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
[As creators, we are all cut from the same jib. We all have rights that are our duty to protect. IMPORTANT READ.]
From Bestseller to Bust: Is This The End of an Author's Life?
By Robert McCrum -- The credit crunch and the internet are making writing as a career harder than it has been for a generation. Robert McCrum talks to award-winning authors who are struggling to make ends meet [Thanks to Thomas D. Sydnor for the link.]
RuPaul Put A Decoy Album on Torrenting Sites to Confront Illegal Downloaders...
By Nina Ulloa -- RuPaul uploaded a decoy version of his new album, Born Naked, to multiple torrent sites. The tracks seem normal at first, but then RuPaul chimes in with "girrrrl, you done stole my album!" He tells listeners that if they admire or want to support him they should buy his music so he can make a living, saying "the real political power is right up here on the cash register."
The Lego Movie Makers in Fight to End Piracy
By Jennifer Rajca
[Will creators get their fair share? Unlikely.]
Google's Arora Says Mobile Will Create Bigger Advertising Pie
By Alexei Oreskovic - Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets will vastly expand the number of companies who advertise online and will allow Internet companies to reap more revenue than they have from customers on PCs, Google Inc. Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora said on Wednesday.
Trends: The Digital Royalties Debate [Artist -v- Record Company Perspective]
By Chris Cooke
Getty Opens Up 35 MILLION Images for Free - if You (Em)bed With It
By Andrew Orlowski -- Read the fine print before you shack up with the vast agency.
FiddleWax Lets You Compose and Record Music on the Go
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Some music-making apps are designed for Jedi-level music producers who can't wait to get back into the studio, while others are for beginners looking to have a little fun. FiddleWax sits somewhere in the middle. Anyone could pick it up and make something resembling music, but if you know your music theory (or are willing to learn by doing), Fiddlewax rewards your knowledge with its versatility.
Another Bitcoin Startup Tanks After $600,000 Theft
By Andy Greenberg
[Invasion of the money snatchers.]
Implosion of Bitcoin Exchange Spawns Mutant Digital Currency
By Robert McMillan
CEO of Bitcoin Exchange Found Dead in Singapore
By Associated Press
Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?
By Julia Angwin -- It takes a lot of money and time to avoid hackers and data miners.
The Internet Of Things: The Real Money Is The Internet, Not The Things
By Matt Asay -- The Internet of Things is exploding, but the real opportunity is building pan-device business services.
Mark Mothersbaugh On Making Music For TV, Games And Film
By David M. Ewalt -- In 1972, Mark Mothersbaugh co-founded the rock band Devo, and four decades later is still lead singer of the hugely influential band. But in his time off-stage, Mothersbaugh has built up an equally impressive body of work as one of our age's most unique and prolific composers.
Want to Wake Up to the Smell of Bacon? Enter Oscar Mayer Contest
By Salvador Rodriguez -- Oscar Mayer has created an iPhone dongle that functions as an alarm clock by producing the smell of bacon in the morning. But to get one, users will have to enter a contest.
The Adele Dazeem Name Generator
By Chris Kirk and Jim Festante -- When John Travolta called Idina Menzel "Adele Dazeem" at the Oscars, he created a new standard for superstardom: You're no one until you've had your name mangled by a confused, squinting John Travolta. What's your Travoltified name? Find out with our handy widget!




Dean KayDEAN 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 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).



The ASCAP Daily Brief-Powered by The Dean's List is intended as a guide to direct music professionals to key articles about issues facing the entertainment industry. Recipients are encouraged to read further about the issues by accessing the complete article through the links provided. Author attribution is provided with each article, and none of the links allow readers to by-pass subscription archive gateways. Please note that all editorial comments are indicated in brackets. Questions? Comments? Please Contact Us

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ASCAP Daily Brief
Thursday, March 06, 2014


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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
WIPO Exhibition Presents New Strategies Against Counterfeit, Pirated Goods 
By Maƫli Astruc -- This week, some World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) member states are presenting their national and regional practices and strategies to prevent purchases of counterfeit or pirated goods with the aim of promoting the under-reported hard work of states in this area.
Trends Report – 'Takedowns and Web-Blocks'
By CMU -- After pursuing a plethora of measures against online piracy over the years, most of which achieved little, and often caused more damage than good, the music industry seems to have honed in on a four part anti-piracy strategy in the last 18 months...
Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War
By Jeff Lunden -- ...for a century ASCAP has had to fight — sometimes literally — for every penny it collects. [ASCAP president Paul] Williams says ASCAP collects royalties out of a sense of mission. It's nonprofit, owned and run by its member songwriters, composers and publishers.
Pandora Has 250-Million Registered Users
By Brad Hill -- Those users have created over six-billion custom Pandora stations.
Why the Internet TV Pact Between Dish and Disney Breaks New Ground for Cord Cutters
By Janko Roettgers -- Dish may only have one broadcaster on board for its planned internet TV service, but the deal nonetheless represents a big step for the TV industry, and for people sick of paying for expensive bundles. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
Have You Been 'Twibeled' Lately?
By Daniel J. Burnick -- What is "Twibel?" A defamatory statement made in a tweet. Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, is being sued by her ex-attorney and her law firm over what is alleged to be a defamatory tweet...
Prosecution's Use of Social Media Research
By Hayes Hunt and Brian Kint -- Law enforcement and prosecutors are increasingly utilizing social networking sites to build their cases...Therefore, it is extremely important that criminal defense attorneys gather from their clients lists of all social networking sites the clients use and instruct them to shut down those accounts, or at the very least, cease all activity on those sites.
Facebook's Drone Strategy: Delivering Internet Access from the Air?
By Brandon Bailey -- It seems like every Internet company needs a drone strategy these days. Just a few months after Amazon announced it was working on using unmanned aircraft for package delivery, word surfaced that Facebook is in talks to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace.
Want To Enhance Your YouTube Videos With Clickable Links? Here's How!
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Dean KayDEAN 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 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).



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