Dean Kay
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 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Friday - 12/19/2014
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

Whatever your persuasion may be, Happy Winter Solstice.  Back atcha January 5th.
[Political correctness, Bah! Humbug! … mutter, mutter, mutter….]

Paying A Legitimate Toll To Ease On Down The Road
By  Howard Sherman -- Not to dash anyone’s dreams, but I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the hundreds of thousands of students who participate in high school theatre annually will not go on to professional careers in the arts. The same holds true for the student musicians in orchestras, bands and ensembles. … But for some students, those high school experiences may be the foundation of a career, of a life, and it’s an excellent place for skills and principles to be taught. … I’m not suggesting that everyone get schooled in the intricacies of copyright law, but that as part of the process of creating and performing shows, students should come to understand that there is a value in the words they speak and the songs they sing … [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Survey Shows Video Driving Music Discovery, Especially For Younger Listeners
By Anna Washenko -- Most of today’s online music services include some feature that encourages listeners to discover new artists and songs. According to a new study from MusicWatch, though, the biggest driver of discovery is actually online video.

Vessel Subscription Service Looks To Reshape Economics Of Online Video
By Paresh Dave -- Vessel, founded by Hulu’s founding chief executive Jason Kilar and its former chief technology officer Rich Tom, is banking on a mix of premium advertising and subscription revenues to pay video creators at least 20 times more than they typically make from advertising revenue alone on YouTube. Vessel calls itself a “missing piece of the puzzle for content creators,” and one that’s not going to displace nonsubscription video services.  

Mechanical Royalty Rate Charts -  Harry Fox Agency
By Stephanie Falvo -- Mechanical royalty calculations are explained with these rate charts. Charts are available for different license configurations including physical, permanent digital downloads, ringtones, subscription services...

Music Piracy Research Blog
Your one-stop resource for music piracy research [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Label Direct Deals With Digital Broadcasters Are Dire Threat To Artists’ Sound Exchange Royalties
The Trichordist

Survey: Nearly 1 in 5 Europeans Have Never Used Internet
By Patrick May -- If you would put down that smartphone for one minute, we will share some astounding news with you: The people of Romania find you very strange.

Why Engagement Might Be The Most Important Metric For Artists
By Liv Buli -- Whenever the topic of social media is raised in any forum of the music industry, a choice discussion is always the practice of purchasing followers or views, allowing artists to game charts, rendering social activity unreliable and therefore less significant. But often overlooked in this dismissal of the validity of social activity is the fact that building a significant social following is fairly pointless for an artist unless they successfully leverage that following at critical moments.

A Sirius Setback: Two Courts Reject Motion for Reconsideration
By Terry Hart. -- Even after two courts in California, one federal and one state, determined in September and October that California state protection of pre-1972 sound recordings includes an exclusive right of public performance, the conventional wisdom seemed to be that the decisions would not stand for too long. The public policy ramifications were too great for the holdings to survive on appeal or through further litigation. But then in November, a federal court in New York came to the same conclusion, and all bets seemed off.

The Hackers Are Winning The Media War
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Something has shifted. … And that's truly troubling.

How the Sony Corporation Hack Revived the Lost Art of the Phone Call
By Nick Bilton

The Revenge of the Adsense Whistleblower: Google Sued For Canceling Adsense Accounts and Keeping the Money
By Chris Castle

Rebuilding Advertising for the Post-Digital Age
By Tom Goodwin -- Digital hasn’t come smoothly to advertising. We’ve made the error of flash micro-sites, done silly things on Twitter and had a few missteps into consumer-generated content. But looking at the world now, it seems we’ve finally understood it all.

[Check please.]
What Privacy Will Look Like In 2025, According To Pew Study
By Levi Sumagaysay -- Society’s definitions of ‘privacy’ and ‘freedom’ will have changed so much by 2025 that today’s meanings will no longer apply. … There will not be a trusted privacy-rights infrastructure allowing for individual choice… The overall public perception will be that the right balance has been struck, as privacy will be only a concern for cranks.

17 Perfect Presents for People Who Work Out of Coffee Shops
By Liana Bandziulis

[What this has to do with music, I dunno, but, it’s a real kick in the head.]
VIDEO: Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy
From Tony Zhou -- Some filmmakers can do action. Others can do comedy. But for 40 years, the master of combining them has been Jackie Chan. Let's see how he does it

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