Dean Kay
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 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Friday - 04/17/2015
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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

[Upshot? Don’t bet the farm on anything.]
Stu Bergen: 'We've Reached A State Of Perpetual Innovation'
By Rhian Jones -- Stu Bergen WMG's international recorded music president, discussed the "unlocked opportunity for great music to travel faster than ever" in a constantly evolving music industry.

Smoking Cigar Butts, Or How Betting On Obsolescing Technologies Can Make You Money
By Jeremy Raper -- Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that digital music sales revenue overtook physical CD sales for the first time in 2014 ... I found this statistic of interest for a number of reasons, mainly: 1) Almost $7bn is still generated by selling CDs; and 2) despite the massive rise in digital music consumption, it remains mostly bereft of revenues … While it may seem counter-intuitive at first, there are two very good reasons for why dying technologies and industries tend to prosper much longer than you might think.

EU-Google Antitrust Charges – Google’s Hidden #1 Problem
By Scott Cleland -- Google’s biggest problem is not being charged with violation of antitrust laws in Europe; its biggest problem is a gross violation of trust of its roughly two billion users.

Case Against Google May Be Undercut by Rapid Changes in Technology
By Farhad Manjoo

ICMP Global Briefing - 13 April
International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) newsletter.  What’s happing in music publishing around the world.

[Certainly, there must be a touch of masochism in this boy’s psyche.]
Despite Lawsuits, Michael Robertson Returns To Take On Pandora With New 'Six Seconds' App
From Mp3.com to Mp3Tunes, Michael Robertson has never been afraid to take on the music industry; and that's often landed him in court. … Unphased, he's back with new music app Six Seconds. … The new iOS and Android app "combines the ease of Pandora with much of the control of Spotify all for free on mobile."

Time to Bury the Bureaucracy of Removing Pirated Content
By Gordon Platt -- When any Internet intermediary claims it’s too much of a burden to address requests for removing pirated content via sites or links they host, laugh gently (or loudly in their face, if it’s particularly egregious) and tell them to consider the beleaguered rights holder. 

Googley TENTACLES Reach Towards YOUR Email
By Kat Hall -- It's like the zombie nightmare future of spam just came to life

[Full disclosure: I’m an ASCAP Board Member; so, while using this story should probably be considered a sales pitch, it’s also an expression of my sincere belief that the Expo is a solid value proposition for attendees.]
ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Continues To Be Leading Event in Music Space
By Nick Tranfaglia -- The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is one of the most unique entertainment events on the calendar, putting aspiring songwriters, musicians, and fans right in front of some of the world’s most successful music industry composers and producers for a three-day extravaganza.

5 Rules for Approaching Industry People at Music Conferences
By Jeremy Weiss

What's the Difference Between a Concert Promoter, Talent Buyer, and Booking Agent?
By Jhoni Jackson

Clever Drum Machine Blends the Physical and Digital
By Liz Stinson

Pope's Old iPad Sells For $30,500
By Ed Payne -- It's not the first time a papal hand-me-down has gone for big bucks. Last year, the Pope donated a Harley-Davidson that he was given to charity. The motorcycle sold for $284,000 at auction. [Wonder what the Popemobile would fetch?]

SHORT VIDEO: TV Land Awards: Terry Crews Lip Syncs to Betty White
TV Land -- … and reprises a number of other TV theme songs that used to draw us to our TVs when our favorite shows were about to start.

NBC and Its Networks Miss Out On Fallon Hit
By David Bauder -- When Jimmy Fallon sought to turn the popular lip sync competition feature from the "Tonight" show into a television series, NBC turned down one of its biggest stars — a decision that at least initially seems like an embarrassing mistake.  Fallon and his production partners instead brought "Lip Sync Battle" to corporate competitors at the Viacom-owned Spike TV, where it instantly became a hit. A clip of actress Anne Hathaway swinging on a giant wrecking ball to emulate Miley Cyrus has been watched online more than 13 million times since it first aired last week.


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