Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Friday  8/28/2015
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

5 Inspiring Stories That Will Make You So Proud You're a Musician
By Dylan Welsh

Social Norms They Are a-Changin': New Pew Report Looks at the 'Always On' Life
By Marc Schneider -- "This 'always-on' reality has disrupted long-standing social norms …Norms of etiquette are not just small-scale social niceties. They affect fundamental human interactions and the character of public spaces."

The 5 People You Must Know To Understand Entertainment Today

Breaking: PRS for Music Files Legal Paperwork Against SoundCloud
By Paul Resnikoff -- Earlier this month, Digital Music News pointed to major label legal threats against SoundCloud, with filings possible by Thanksgiving.  What we forgot to mention was that publishers – and publishing societies – were also threatening, and might beat that date.  Early (yesterday) morning, UK-based collection society PRS for Music confirmed that it had filed legal action against SoundCloud for refusal to pay royalties.

Tens Of Thousands Of Popcorn Time Movie Streamers Menaced By Anti-Piracy Fleet
By Shaun Nichols -- A pro-copyright lobbying group is threatening to sue some 50,000 to 75,000 people in Norway for using Popcorn Time movie-streaming apps. … According to NRK, the Rights Alliance database is just a portion of the estimated 250,000 people in Norway who have allegedly used Popcorn Time.

U.S. Postpones Plan To Transfer Internet Governance
By Patrick S. Campbell -- Acknowledging that additional time is needed to develop an acceptable structure for international stewardship of the Internet, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) said Monday that it would delay its plan to relinquish control of the Internet domain name system by at least one year.

Digital Watch: Reviewing the New TuneIn Premium
By Paul Riismandel -- TuneIn Radio has been kind of a deceptively quiet player in the online radio wars … Yet the service claims a user base of 60 million monthly active users who clearly find value in the service’s single-platform access to millions of streaming radio stations and programs.  While TuneIn has been generating income with banner display ads and pre-roll audio ads ahead of streams, yesterday the company added a paid subscription tier, TuneIn Premium.

When You Answer The Phone And No One Is There
By Ann Brenoff -- Don't talk and don't even cough! … According to experts, these kinds of calls are step one in a phone fraud scheme that could lead to your identity being stolen and/or your bank account drained.

Here’s How Iran Resets Your Gmail Password
By Ben Collins -- “Their targets are political, and include Iranian activists, and even a director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”

Survey Finds The Music That Label Execs Hate
By Bobby Owsinski -- Billboard Magazine just conducted an anonymous survey of label execs and the results are interesting, to put it mildly. [Full Survey]

Now You Know Everything About Music Publishing
By Steve Gordon -- Publishing is the commercial exploitation of a musical composition — not the recording.

The 100 Most Popular YouTube Music Videos of All Time
By Paul Resnikoff

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

New Words In The Dictionary? Awesomesauce!
By Michael Pearson -- New words! In the Oxford dictionary! So exciting! If there were only a word to describe just how exciting. Wait, there is ... it's on the list!  Awesomesauce!

'Uptown Funk' Was Very Nearly Not Called 'Uptown Funk', Reveals Mark Ronson
By Lewis Corner -- "It's just crazy what happened. I mean, even to the last minute I remember someone from the record companying being like, 'Ahh, I don't think you should call it 'Uptown Funk'. Maybe you should call it 'Just Watch', because 'Uptown Funk' sounds a bit weird'.”

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