Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Wednesday 12/07/2016

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 futur

[A fresh approach to the subject -- Worth a serious look.]
Copyright Still Essential to Economic Future 
By David Newhoff -- Piracy is only one threat to copyright; another is a mindset that the purpose of copyright is largely obsolete in the digital age.

Music Confidential closes out the year with this very special report
First Look: The Digital Business In Songs
By Susan Butler -- You are about to read a very special report, one that provides revenue figures never before shared and in a way never before calculated—by product category rather than by type of right. As such, it represents what I believe to be a very important turning point in the business of songs, one in which I initiated in the hope of providing useful business information for strategic planning in this segment of the industry. Before this report today, no one has had access to the information provided in this way.

Here’s How Startup Attn: Averages A Whopping 3.8 Million Views Per Video On Facebook
By Nathan McAlone -- Even if you’ve never heard Attn:’s name, you’ve probably seen one of its videos, which average a whopping 3.8 million views in the first 30 days – more than any other Facebook publisher, according to Tubular Labs. … perhaps that’s why Attn: has already attracted big partners and investors, especially in entertainment – from Bill Maher and HBO, to Apple Music and Jimmy Iovine, to Ryan Seacrest. Attn: has raised $24 million total, including a $20 million Series B round in 2016.

Women In Music 2016: The 100 Most Powerful Executives
By Billboard Staff

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named [The Full List]
Posted by Bruce Houghton

How to Register a DMCA Agent Using the New System
Plagiarism Today -- As we discussed last month, the U.S. Copyright Office recently announced new DMCA agent rules, implementing a new system for receiving and storing registrations of DMCA agents. These rules are crucial for websites and internet services that host content uploaded by third parties. This can include everything from social networks, such as Facebook, to small forums or even comment sections on blogs. That’s because, if a user uploads copyright infringing material, you can be held liable for that infringement if you do not have a DMCA agent registered.

Recording Academy Sends Letter Congratulating President-elect Trump
Posted by Bruce Houghton -- As many trade and lobbying organizations do, the Recording Academy, aka The Grammy folks, sent an open letter to the president-elect sharing their hopes and concerns for the next administration. Their letter, (included with this article) also signed by a number of top songwriters and producers, begins with a congratulations.

Trump’s  First-Ever Sign He Gets Tech Matters
By Issie Lapowsky

Netflix Becomes Top-Grossing iPhone App in the U.S.
By Janko Roettgers -- Netflix’s iPhone app topped Apple’s list of top-grossing apps for the first time Monday, surpassing not only mobile games like “Mobile Strike” and “Candy Crush Saga,” but also fellow subscription services like Spotify and Pandora. The news comes on the heels of Netflix adding mobile downloading capabilities to its iOS and Android apps.

UK: Vinyl Sales Made More Than Downloads Last Week
By Mark Savage -- Downloads have been in sharp decline as consumers switch to streaming services.

CD Baby Now Offers the Simplest Way To Legally Sell Cover Songs
With CD Baby’s cover song licensing, you can license and distribute your cover song (to platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.), manage it all from one account, and CD Baby will handle all of your accounting and mechanical royalty payments FOREVER.

9 Reasons Your Phone Battery Dies So Quickly
By Jess Bolluyt

6 Signs You Will Succeed In Music
By Cari Cole -- Never before has the music industry been so open to artists who work hard, have something exceptional to offer, and know the business.

This Group Of Practitioners Is Imagining The Future Of The Accordion
By Peter Kirn -- One 2013 gathering pulled artists and academics together to map the future of the accordion, in practical terms. … There are some real questions here – not only pedagogy and technique, but how the instrument survives in the 21st century.

4-tissimo Guitar Quartet plays Tico Tico no Fubá
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