Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Thursday 7/28/2016

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

NMPA, Nashville Songwriters Move to Exclude Sony Music from Royalty Rate Proceeding
By Ed Christman -- NMPA chief David Israelite accuses Sony Music of siding with "giant digital services in an attempt to lower songwriter royalty rates."  In a statement issued to Billboard, NMPA CEO David Israelite said, "Songwriters are up against more obstacles than ever to make a living, and having a major label like Sony fight on the side of digital music companies to try to further reduce what little income they receive from on-demand streaming is shocking." 

Is the Billboard Hot 100 Broken?
By Justin Charity -- How the “stream, steal, or buy” economy confounds the singles chart. The questions now are whether and how the Hot 100 can sustain its singular usefulness in a marketplace that contains multitudes.

Bad Things Happen When You Break the Law – Copyright Edition
By Rebecca Cusey -- When you step outside the law, things outside the law happen to you … It’s no different online. If you go to download stolen movies or music off illegal sites online, it’s likely that bad guys are waiting in the shadows to sock you over your metaphorical head.

The Return of the $50 Handshake: Spotify is Selling Your Fans Data Out the Back Door —
Editor Charlie

Appeal Launched In Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit
By Stephanie Chase -- In June the band were cleared of copying Spirit’s ‘Taurus’, but an appeal has now been launched against the verdict.

How Being a Music Journalist Made Me Wind Up in a Psychiatric Hospital
By Jeremy Allen -- There's a well-known saying, "writing about music is like dancing about architecture"

Verizon Wants to Combine Yahoo with AOL to Compete In Mobile Video Against Google and Facebook
By Chris O'Brien -- With many of its legacy network businesses slowing or declining, Verizon has been in search of other ways to restart revenue growth.

Sirius XM Added Half-a-Million Subscribers In Just 3 Months
By Daniel Adrian Sanchez -- Despite having missed their second quarterly forecast earnings, Sirius XM Satellite Radio is rapidly adding subscribers.  

For Only $30,000 You Can Build Facebook’s New Camera to Film 360-Degree Videos
By Kurt Wagner -- Facebook needs more video content, especially video content that looks cool in virtual reality. The future success of its VR headset, the Oculus Rift, depends on it. Why would you pay for VR technology if there weren’t a lot of good games or video to enjoy, right?

Apple Music Buys Hit 'Carpool Karaoke' For Digital TV Series
By Michelle Castillo -- James Corden's viral sensation "Carpool Karaoke" series has found a surprising home at Apple Music. CBS Television Studios announced on Tuesday that Apple Music purchased the first-window rights to the upcoming series, meaning episodes will debut on the technology company's streaming music service. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

How to Produce Music: A Beginner's Guide
By Sam Friedman -- Many musicians have been taking production into their own hands. …  (But) there are a few questions you should ask yourself before diving in, such as, "Do I want full creative control and responsibility? Do I have the time and dedication to master the art of producing?"

SoundCloud Gives Creators An "Album" Option
By Bruce Houghton -- Ever since Sound Cloud cut its label deals and added a paid service, it's sped up the pace at which its adding new features. Today they added the option to display groups of tracks as an album rather than just as a playlist.

The History Of The Album-App: Creativity Galore But Commercially Tough -- As long as there have been app stores for smartphone and tablets, there have been musicians and developers exploring the potential for albums to be delivered as apps.  Many of these projects have been creative and technologically inventive, but few have been demonstrable commercial successes. That’s why many labels see the ‘album-as-app’ concept as something of a white elephant.

Sandy Pearlman, Producer, Manager and Lyricist for Blue Öyster Cult, Dies at 72
By Jon Pareles … He claimed to have been the first writer to use the phrase “heavy metal” to describe music. [And that’s his least important contribution to music history.]

The Story Behind The Iconic Music Ice Cream Trucks Play
By Joe Blevins -- It’s one of the most familiar, unmistakable sounds of summer. The silence of a hot August afternoon is suddenly breached by music. It’s high-pitched, tinny, repetitive music, to be sure, but music nonetheless. … Children of all ages know that this heralds the approach of an ice cream truck. But where does this music come from…? Over at The Current, writer Cecilia Johnson pays a visit to Nichols Electronics in Richfield, Minnesota. The proud owners of this family business can boast that they are “the leading ice cream music box manufacturers.”

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