Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
04/21/2014
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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

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

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? – 2 Years Later
The Trichordist -- 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… 

Google's Titan Spy-Drones Mimic Military Spy-Planes
By Scott Cleland -- Is Google saying one thing and doing another – yet again?

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 -- As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments. ... 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. The Found Group ran the digital marketing campaign for the release. ... 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.

Lucrative Stardom in China, Using a Webcam and a Voice
By David Barboza -- Companies across the globe have long tried to attract viewers to live Internet broadcasts, with X-rated sites the only real success stories. China appears to have cracked the code

Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify
By Alex Pham -- The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. ...  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 -- Sharing files with colleagues and clients should be easy and convenient. What it shouldn't be is a security risk — but it frequently is.  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.

5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Your Router
By Jeff Fox -- You probably don't pay much attention to that little blinking box that sits in the corner of your home office, but chances are it's a lot more versatile than you realize. Here are five ways you can soften life's little edges by coaxing your router to do more for you.

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost or Stolen in U.S. in 2013
By Salvador Rodriguez

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

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