Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Monday 8/29/2016

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

Spotify IPO Watch: Blame ≠ Profit
By Chris Castle -- Nobody but Spotify got Spotify into the corner they’re in. … How did they get there?

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine
By John Herrman -- How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds.

Why Dropping Music on Friday Is Pivotal (Hint: It’s Not Sales)
By Joseph Bien-Kahn -- Ostensibly, the move to Friday (to release new product) was to help unite the global music industry and cut down on piracy, boosting sales for everyone. … A year later, has it helped? Well….kind of.

Don't Believe The Hype About Human Music Curators
By Gus Lubin -- …there’s little evidence that handmade playlists are better than handmade stations or that either are better than custom radio or algorithmically generated playlists.

Weekly Copyright Issues Wrap Up - August 26, 2016
Copyright Alliance -- Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).

This Is What Happens When Courts Decide What Is and Isn’t Art
By Whet Moser -- Cook County says rock, country, rap, and DJing aren’t “fine arts,” and thus are not exempt from the county’s three-percent amusement tax.  But it’ll be an uphill battle against history, taste, and case law.

Copyright Court Busts the “Gossip Cop”
By Stephen Carlisle -- Here’s an interesting “transformative use” case that flew under the radar. Thanks to the good people at for uncovering it. The case is BWP Media USA, Inc v. Gossip Cop Media Inc. … BWP Media is a photography licensing service. Gossip Cop is “a for-profit website that presents celebrity gossip news and opines on the veracity of celebrity news stories published by unaffiliated third-party outlets.”

Cloud Computing Brings Sprawling Centers, but Few Jobs, to Small Towns
By Quentin Hardy -- As big companies race to build oversize data networks, communities are finding that the giant buildings can operate with only about 30 people. … A lot of this stuff is put in rural parts of the country that used to be part of a manufacturing economy that has gone overseas … Textiles and furniture created a big power grid in the south. Then those jobs went away.

Parents Have No Clue About Teens’ Online Lives, Says Study
By Michelle Quinn -- The findings should be bracing for any parent who struggles to figure out social norms for teen’s technology use. There aren’t any, it seems.  Most teens are engaged in some online activities that their parents don’t know about and that parents think they have explicitly prohibited.

[Trashing iPhone 6 - Sure sign iPhone 7 is coming.]
The iPhone 6 Is Falling Apart, Thanks To 'Touch Disease'
By Dan Seitz

Seeing the Signs: Using Social Media to ID Potential Threats to Artists' Safety
By Dina LaPolt -- Too often do we hear stories of crazed and sometimes violent individuals willing to do whatever it takes to be recognized. They range from simply star-struck fans to mentally unstable activists, but all should be treated with the same level of care.

Delete Your Account: How Artists' Teams Handle Social Media Firestorms
By Andy Gensler

Suing Hans Zimmer? That Could Spell Career Suicide
By Daniel Adrian Sanchez

A Necessary Business Plan (For Your Career)
By Wendy Day -- A business plan is a necessary tool for anyone starting a business or anyone planning to make money with their music (selling music, performing, selling merchandise). It forces you to think about how to succeed, how to move forward, what that will cost, what obstacles you might hit and how to overcome them. It explains how you plan to run your business, how you will build it, and exactly when and how the income will come.

The 9 Most Incredible Frontmen of All Time: A Definitive Ranking
By Max Monahan -- A frontman's role is a volatile and wild job, and as such, it attracts exactly those kinds of people. In modern music, frontmen have gone to great lengths to connect with their crowds and build the energy of their performances to incredible heights.

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