ASCAP Daily Briefing

Complementary Goods and Debates About E-Book/Music/Video Pricing
By Thomas Sydnor… Disputes between creative industries and technologists who create new means to access creative works tend to be notoriously complex because creators of new content and creators of new content-access technologies are producers of complementary goods. Producers of complementary goods do not want to destroy each other, but they would love to commoditize each other.

VIDEO: Clay Shirky on Information Overload Versus Filter Failure
This Clay Shirky talk from Web 2.0 Expo NY (“It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure”) challenges the idea that we’ve got information overload problems (we’ve had more books than any human could read for hundreds of years), what we have is a series of filter failures, as our systems for managing information abundance are swamped by the growth of information.

‘Interactive’ Grammys Reach Most Viewers in 6 Years
By Eliot Van Buskirk — The music industry is flailing and the mainstream running dry, according conventional wisdom, but this year’s Grammy Awards – arguably most mainstream event in the world – was a surprise hit. Over 56 million viewers tuned in this year, which represents 35 percent more than last year and the broadcast’s highest Neilsen rating since ’04 (the year of Outkast).

Microgen Named as First Technology Company to Join Digital Data Exchange Board
(Marketwire) — Microgen Aptitude Solutions Ltd (Microgen) today announced that it has been accepted as a Charter Member of the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), a standards organization that is working to improve information sharing efficiency for the digital music industry.

AUDIO: Catchy Tune Not Enough To Make Money In Music
By Audie Cornish (NPR) — The band KISS has come a long way from selling t-shirts and albums. Now, when you go to one of their concerts, you can leave with a recording of the show on a thumb drive. This kind of marketing has become a necessity, not an option, for a lot of acts.

[Great to have Nancy Prager blogging again.]
The Importance of Taking a Long View, Even with Creative Commons Licenses
By Nancy Prager — Creative Commons gives licensors (i.e. creators or copyright owners) the ability to license their works to the public in general, and not to a specific user. The licenses seem like a good idea because many people who upload content on the internet create as a hobby and are excited when they see their works being used on other sites. However, as with anything else in life, it is important to read the (not so) fine print.

Survey: Only 1% of Torrents Non-Infringing
By Andrew Orlowski — 99 per cent of files accessed through a Torrent network are unlicensed copyright material, according to a survey by an American undergraduate…. The only surprise is that it’s so low – can 1 per cent of Torrent material really be non-infringing?

Hacking for Fun and Profit in China’s Underworld
By David Barboza — A young hacker let a reporter into his world of trolling for information that may one day be worth money.

Is Free Wi-Fi Killing Toronto’s Indie Cafés?
Columnist Leah McLaren lamented the loss of café culture due to “MacBook-toting jerks” who take up tables and siphon away the free Internet at coffee shops. The phenomenon has been unfolding for years, but Wi-Fi has only recently been considered a make-or-break element of a coffee shop, much to the dismay of café owners who see their hangout turn into a study hall.

Abolish ‘Cloud Computing!’
By Lee Gomes — Not the idea, just the phrase.

PBS Documentary Questions Tech and Our Future
By Larry Magid — Like Douglas Rushkoff, I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of digital technology for more than 20 years and, also like Rushkoff, I’ve had some second thoughts as to whether–at least for some people–immersion in technology is doing more harm than good.

5 Ways Techno-Gadgetry Is Bringing Out the Worst in Humanity
By Scott Thill — “It’s not technology we have to worry about, it’s the humans.” – Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, editors of the academic technology and culture journal CTheory.

[So misguided. So blatantly dismissive of creator’s rights.]
Anti-RIAA Site Folds
By David Kravets — Provocative website, the online voice of one of the world’s most blistering and perpetual attacks on the Recording Industry Association of America, is shuttering amid financial doldrums. It’s been vocal (and viciously anti creator) for nine years.

The #1 Reason Your Music Promotion Fails
CDbaby — With all the hard work the indie music community puts into promotion and marketing of music, it’s amazing how often key information is missing from the message.

[Oh, that’s just great … Now the refrigerator is going to be spreading rumors about me to the stove.]
Social Networks for Things
By Richard Macmanus — At the recent DLD Conference (Digital – Life – Design) in Munich, Germany, Esther Dyson moderated a panel on the Internet of Things. The subject of the discussion was giving identity to things, just as people have an identity. In essence, creating social networks for things.


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