Nielson Broadcasting is best known as the company that rates the popularity of television programs. In addition to T.V., the company is also diversified in several music entertainment properties, and is the owner of Billboard magazine, as well as SoundScan.
SoundScan is an online service that tracks the sale of music and video releases. Any music product that carries a barcode is eligible to be tracked by SoundScan, if the retailer elects to report their sales to SoundScan. Although this is no longer the case, Newbury Comics elected NOT to report their sales to SoundScan for years as they thought that their competitors could use the information and negatively affect their own sales. Almost all......
SOUNDSCANIS IMPORTANT HERE IS WHY.....
COPYRIGHT YOUR MUSIC OR LOSE IT.....
ASCAP & BMIREGISTER TO PREPARE FOR ROYALTIES
If you’ve ever read the liner notes of an album (especially back in olden times when CDs were still prevalent), you probably noticed either “(ASCAP)” or “(BMI)” next to each music publisher’s name. If you’ve ever wondered what those jumble of letters means, then this article is for you. What is the “right of performance”?
When you create a musical composition, copyright law grants you certain rights (see my “Copyright & The Music Industry” article for a broader discussion) and one of those rights is the right to perform your work publicly. Now, this right doesn’t only refer to when an artist performs a song live at a club. ....
When you submit a song for copyright you’re simply proving the date of submission of your work. The fine folks of the copyright office don’t sit around listening to every submission to see if they’ve heard it before. That would be an impossible task. When you write or record your song, technically, you’ve created it — and thus you own the copyright to it. By submitting a song to the copyright office, you’re protecting your music simply by acknowledging the date of its creation.
It’s also important to note that certain aspects of your song are not protected even if you’ve registered the copyright. These include:
Shonda Rhimes has dazzled her audiences with some of the most influential television programs since 1995, but the political series, "SCANDAL" could be the most influential and informative. The ABC show is a political drama that dabbles in the affairs of the most rich, powerful, and dangerous humans in America and beyond. Kerry Washington portrays an ambitious, problem solving, breathtaking adulteress, "Olivia Pope." Pope jumps in and out of love with the leader of the " free world ", the President of The United States of America. SCANDAL is another successful addition to Rhimes' eclectically-decorated catalog, but SCANDAL has a peculiarity appeal about it that supersedes the others. In addition to Olivia Pope being a version of real life fixer Judy Smith, the drama itself is based upon "Real Life Events". The cynics may say loosely based, but "how loosely?" is the question.
JUDY SMITH vs Olivia Pope
Judy Smith is an accomplished attorney with her own firm "Smith & Company" that specializes in crisis management. Olivia Pope is also an attorney with her own firm "Pope & Associates", and her firm specializes in, you guessed it, "Crisis Management". Smith served as special assistant and Press Secretary to George H.W. Bush. Pope has a notable role in assisting the "SCANDAL" POTUS, Fitzgerald Grant. Pope also has served as the press secretary on the show. Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, infamously known for having an affair with former president Bill Clinton was represented by Judy Smith. Amanda Tanner also a former White House intern was represented by Pope because she claimed to of had an affair with President Fitzgerald Grant. As I experiment the parallelism between the two I have to include that both Smith & Pope are extremely attractive Black Women, that are primarily sought after by politicians, celebrities, and corporations, looking to have their worst problems resolved.
THORNGATE vs PRISM
Artie Hornbacher a NSA analyst character on "SCANDAL", reveals a classified government technology that is used to spy on unexpected citizens of the US via mobile device, desktop, and laptop computers. Hombacher steals the proof from the NSA and offers the knowledge to Pope, in hopes of exposing the government's disregard for its' citizens privacy. The episode airs during the series second season, episode 3 entitled "Hunting Season". "Hunting Season" aired on October 18, 2012, 8 months before Edward "Ed" Snowdan became the PRISM whistleblower early June of 2013. While working for Dell, Snowden became a NSA sub-contractee, granting him access to top secret governmental documents. The documents highlights the program PRISM and reveals an actual technology used by the NSA to spy on United States citizens and the world by way of mobile and computer data. Both Thorngate and Prism are NSA technologies that enable the United States government to listen in on private conversations, provide visual and audio on the person being watched, capture email and text messages, unlike Thorngate, Prism exceeds United States limits.
HOLLIS DOYLE vs DONALD TRUMP
Both of these gentlemen are wealthy billionaires that have used their economic influences to enter into "commander in chief" tier politics. In the height of the presidential race Donald Trump has become a favorite for those that are concerned with illegal immigrants, economic stability for the wealthy, and quite frankly, the Caucasian racists. Doyle, the Scandal character has the identical appeal. The gentlemen are successful but crafty business men. They have both entered into marriage more than 2x and failed. Doyle, 5 wives, Trump, 3. Neither of these gentlemen has an adequate political experience, yet Doyle and Trump desires to break their teeth on the highest political seat in the world. Trump and Doyle are both known for their blatant, inconsiderate of others' views. They are both rumored to be racists, at the very least they have racists tendencies. The parallelism between Trump and Doyle is an obvious one so be sure to examine Doyle's deeds before the candidacy announcement. Doyle has used his influence to rig presidential elections. He has hired hit men to kill those that conflict his interest. He secures large grants based upon his loyalty to the right people. It is wisdom to ask, "how similar are Hollis Doyle & Donald Trump?".
MARCUS WALKER vs DESHAWN TATEM
"SCANDAL", has become a popular norm in this nation and world today. It was genius to present a show that holds no punches. It is entertaining, but it is possible that SCANDAL is more informative than anything. Of course you have First lady Grant and First Lady Clinton, but the last similarity that freaks us out is Marcus Walker versus our very own DeShawn Tatem. Both are activists. Both are from Virginia. Tatem and Walker specialize in civil rights and urban communities. The gentlemen rose to notoriety when someone was killed by the government. They both were instrumental in exposing the cover-up of these governmental crimes. Walker fought for the son of Clarence Parker that was killed by the police. Tatem fought for Michael Knockett, he was kill by a city truck driver. Both have an ability with words and a boldness fueled by their concern for the people. They both were heads of community programs and ran a local center, independently financed. There is only one activist from Virginia that share all of these similarities and that would have enough media visibility to allow Rhimes to draw inspiration from his story. That is "The General", DeShawn Tatem. One might say we are reaching, but others will say we are teaching. Whatever side of the coin one might fall on, you have to ask "how real is this SCANDAL?". Stay tuned for the next season coming 2017