Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Wednesday - 11/26/2014
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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

Garble, Garble… Back on Monday trippin’ on tryptophan.

Aimee Mann: Roots of a Songwriter
By Scott Timberg -- One of our great singer-songwriters shares the skills she learned from Dylan, the Beatles and Neil Young.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker]
Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth
By Doria Roberts -- [Chris Castle says: this illuminating post by Doria Roberts, [is] an outstanding discussion that shines a light on the issues facing all professional artists.]

The Discomforts of Digital Music
By Andrew Durkin -- What we need are not more superstars, but none.

Uncle Sugar Says Feed the Hits, Starve the Rest
By Chris Castle -- Once again, Eric Schmidt (call sign “Uncle Sugar”) shows us why he will never understand the music business.

Sony/The Orchard Cuts Direct Deal With Sirius So They Can Get Hands On Performers SoundExchange Money.
The Trichordist -- Digital Music News is reporting that The Orchard (owned by Sony) has cut a direct deal for digital performer royalties with Sirius/XM. So now all those poor artists unfortunate enough to have a distribution deal with The Orchard/Sony, will now how have their SoundExchange royalties paid to Sony instead of directly from SoundExchange. So right about now you are saying “WTF?!!”

Spotify Seems to Be Gaining on YouTube's Streaming Dominance (Infographic)
By William Gruger

Aereo Concedes Defeat and Files for Bankruptcy
By Emily Steel

Grooveshark “Offline by Christmas”…
By Paul Resnikoff

Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit
By Nick Bilton – [A] giant pyramid scheme has emerged on social media, where fake friends now command real money.

Three-Quarters Of Americans Don’t Know This Basic Fact About The Internet
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Seventy-five percent of Americans think the Internet and the World Wide Web are the same thing. They aren’t.

The Transformative Nature of The Fair Use Doctrine: The On-going Debate
By Eric Brin -- While the 7th Circuit, in Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC, 766 F.3d 756 (2014), affirmed a finding of fair use, the court’s analysis expresses skepticism about the approach used in Prince v. Cariou, 714 F.3d 694 (2013) and may signal increased judicial scrutiny on the always subjective nature of the fair use doctrine. 

[The more you think things are becoming more transparent, the more you are being manipulated.]
Take The Long Way: Rejiggering Digital Maps To Keep The Hordes Away
By Michelle Quinn -- Perched on the mountains above Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is a cultural icon, recognized worldwide. But try to hike up to near it, using Google Maps and a Garmin, and you’ll likely be sent far from the nearest trailhead.

Indie Artist Cheat Sheet: The Best (and Worst) Months to Release Your Album
By Janelle Rogers

[The words in this article are as unlikely to wind up in a lyric as the word ‘plebeian’. So, “Cry Me a River” and hats off to Arthur Hamilton.]
A Visual Alphabet-Dictionary of Unusual Words
By Maria Popova -- A visual A-Z of the hidden treasures of language.

Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?
By Stephen Thompson


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