Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Monday 07/24/2017

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

The Shiv Act: Google’s MIC Coalition Attacks Songwriters with New Back Door Version of Orphan Works Legislation Safe Harbor
By Chris Castle -- Google’s MIC Coalition is at it again.  As predicted, the MIC Coalition is bringing orphan works through the back door with a new bill introduced in the dead of night under the misleading title “ Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act” or as we call it, The Shiv Act. The bill hasn’t been introduced yet so we don’t quite know how bad it truly is, but here’s the summary:


Foret About Fake Artists – It’s Time To Talk About Fake Streams
By Tim Ingham -- …this past week-and-a-half, things have kicked right off. First 1,000 listens, then 3,000, then 5,000. Word’s getting out. As we stand today, Pinky Hue has racked up more than 10,000 Spotify plays – and is already marching towards 15,000. Anyone know a good manager? There’s just one problem with this empowering rags-to-riches story, of course.  I bought these streams off the internet.  And I could have bought 2 million of them.

Tech in the Trump Era: Google, Apple, Amazon Set Lobbying Records
By Levi Sumagaysay

Snapchat Loses $15 Billion In Value As CEO Evan Spiegel Enjoys A Blissful Yachting Vacation
By Daniel Adrian Sanchez

Negotiating a Music Producer Agreement: 7 Key Issues
By Byron Pascoe -- Whether you’re a music producer, or a performing artist working with a producer, it’s important to discuss the terms of your arrangement with each other.  While it’s better late than never to formalize the artist-producer relationship, it’s easier to start the conversation before heading into the studio, and much easier before the music generates interest and money.

[WARNING: I heeded the following advice now my iPhone won’t take a charge.]
Update Your Apple Devices. Right Now.
By Brian Fung -- Apple has released a software update to iOS and macOS that you should download right away. The security update patches a dangerous vulnerability in WiFi chips that allows hackers to “execute arbitrary code” — industry-speak for taking over your device

Apple iOS 10.3.3 Has Two Nasty Surprises
By Gordon Kelly

[Anyone interested in film music should find this full of fascinating insights.]
Q&A with David Lynch’s Music Collaborator Dean Hurley – Part 1: Working On and “Protecting the Experience” of Twin Peaks: The Return
By Synchblog -- Dean Hurley is a wearer of many hats – in addition to running David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studios, he is also the director’s longtime musical collaborator and music supervisor. In this two-part feature, he speaks to us about working with Lynch on Twin Peaks: The Return, and “protecting the experience” of the show.

3 Ways To Keep Your Music Safe If SoundCloud Goes Belly-Up
ReverbNation -- With the future of SoundCloud cast into serious doubt, artists who have their music available on the service are understandably concerned about where their music and its fans will go should the service end up crashing and burning. Here we look at how to ensure its kept safe.

How To Book House Concerts Without a Fanbase
By Ari Herstand -- … until fairly recently there really hasn’t been a network where artists can book house concerts without doing a ton of outreach and education with their existing fans. [Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.]

The Top 20 Jobs Mentioned In Song Lyrics
By Bobby Owsinski

In New Orleans, There's A Piece Of Music History Around Every Corner
By Ravenna Koenig and Scott Simon

A Closer Walk
Website featuring New Orleans Music History, Block by Block

Shooting stardust
The Photographer Who Helped Define Music’s Greatest Icons
By Cian Traynor -- From Bowie to Gaga, Daft Punk to Snoop, Mick Rock has shot them all and lived to tell the tale – just about. Now that a film has been made about his life, he talks life after death, Phil Lynott's murder brag and Lou Reed's love of cats.

Inventory: 10 Highly Pretentious Musical Instruments
By Chris Dahlen

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