Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Friday 5/27/2016

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

YouTube’s Messaging Problem
By Chris Castle -- it’s not just copyright that is the problem with YouTube–it’s also right of publicity, control over derivative works, translations, moral rights, misappropriation, and other consent rights one would expect any artist would have.  Plus copyright.

Music Bodies Welcome European Commission Pledge To Tackle 'Value Gap' and Create 'Level Playing Field'
By Richard Smirke -- As part of its long-term strategy to create a Digital Single Market throughout the 28 member states of the European Union -- a list that includes the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden -- the EC has published a package of new draft proposals concerning audio visual services, such as traditional TV broadcasters and video-sharing sites like YouTube, and rules governing e-commerce.  Key tenets of the proposals include establishing “comparable rules for comparable digital services” coupled with an “obligation for online platforms to behave responsibly.”

Music Piracy Costs Europe $190 Million a Year, EU Study Estimates
By Marc Schneider

$698.1 Million Reasons Why Spotify Isn’t Sustainable…
By Paul Resnikoff -- Spotify tossed another scary financial figure into the ring this morning, with 2015-year losses topping an astounding $188.7 million on revenues of  roughly $2.12 billion. That widens a year-2014 loss of $176.9 million, and brings cumulative losses to $698.1 million since the company started in 2008.  All of which raises the question over whether streaming music is a viable business model. [Thanks to Alex Shapiro for the link.]

Average Annual Salary for a Spotify Employee: $168,747
By Paul Resnikoff – [Average annual payment to creators?  Squat! – DK]

Piracy Gets Washed Down With Streaming – But Is It Good for the Music Industry?
By Sandra Canosa --  … the main line of defense for streaming services has always been something along the lines of: “Well, at least it’s better than illegal downloading.” But is it?

Looking for Censorship in All the Wrong Places
By David Newhoff -- It is standard procedure for the EFF to make scary declarations while avoiding specifics. They have a habit of telling people that a proposal will be really bad while shirking the effort of quite explaining how.

From The Copyright Alliance
Copyright Q&A
Q: If I made a mistake on my registration (e.g. wrong date of publication) or I have noticed a mistake made by the Copyright Office must I notify the Copyright Office for the registration to be valid?
      [Answers provided by - Rob Kasunic, Director of Registration Policy and Practices at the United States Copyright Office.]

Progressive Candidates Fail Artists: Zephyr Teachout (NY-19) vs Woodstock NY
By David Lowery -- Musicians often support left/progressive politicians that undermine their rights.

The Voting Dead: White House Memo Questions If Anonymous Comments Can Be Used In Making Policy?
By Chris Castle -- If you followed the Copyright Office request for public comments on the DMCA “notice and takedown” safe harbors, you will probably be aware of reports that a group called Fight for the Future generated 86,000 comments to the Copyright Office in approximately 36 hours.  I will give even money that it will turn out that investigation will reveal that most of those comments were fake. One reason I’d make that bet is because they look fake.  Many were anonymous or pseudonymous and there’s really no way to know who or what submitted those comments.  And that’s why there’s a question about whether this kind of public comments can be used at all for policy making.

America is Using a Staggering Amount Of Mobile Data Now
By Brian Fung -- Americans are so committed to their smartphones and tablets that they used nearly 10 billion gigabytes of mobile data last year, according to a new study published by a top industry trade group. That's more than double the amount of data we used the year before. It reflects the tremendous explosion in mobile browsing — particularly online streaming music and video, both of which require lots of data.

State of the Gadget Union
By Dieter Bohn -- This is where we’re at. This is where we’re going. … We spent so many years creating the pieces that made the smartphone possible, but it turns out those pieces can make so many more things — things that we’re just now beginning to figure out.

TV Is The New Radio: 'Empire,' 'Vinyl' And Late Night Talk Shows Provide Wall-To-Wall Music
By Randee Dawn -- For many years people have talked about doing shows about the music industry — but they got rejected. Then suddenly it clicks.” It sure has. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

[Hint: It’s the song.]
With ‘The Sound of Silence,’ Disturbed Finds a Crossover Moment
By Mike Ayers -- On Disturbed’s “The Vengeful One,” lead singer David Draiman sings, “Hear the innocent voices scream, as their tormentors laugh through all of it.” Now the heavy metal band has an unlikely hit with their cover version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s wistful “The Sound of Silence,” crossing over into territory they’ve yet to experience in their 22-year career. “I couldn’t be more flabbergasted by the whole thing,” Draiman says. ... [Video included.]

Preview Paul Simon's New Album, 'Stranger To Stranger'
By Tom Moon -- After 13 solo albums, Simon still views pop as a language of exuberant dances and polyrhythmic upheavals. Even now, his music pulses with the feeling of invention.

From Clapton to The Clash: Legendary Producer Glyn Johns on a Lifetime of Rock and Roll
By Collin Brennan -- This man stands at rock history's center, though he's more at home behind the mixing console. … “My whole enjoyment of making records is finding an artist that I respect and admire and trying to capture what they do in as true and honest a way as possible.”

VIDEO: 24 Notes of Gratitude
"On The Road," -- Steve Hartman visited the Pacific Northwest where something happens every day that brings an entire neighborhood to a stop. [Thanks to Big Geek Daddy for the link.]

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