Lobbyist For CCIA Makes All Kinds of Wild Claims About Copyright Management Organizations. BMI ASCAP SOCAN SAMI Included in Charges of Corruption.

I don’t even know what to say about these statements by Jonathan Band, one of the long-time lobbyists for the Computer & Communications Industry (read Google).   The whole thing just seemed kind of crazy to me.  To be clear I don’t have a dog in this fight.   Just curious where these allegations come from.  Cause I researched a bit and I don’t really see anything to justify most of these charges.

Perhaps our readers can help?

But otherwise he does do a good job of answering a question that has always been of interest to me: Google’s acquisition of Rightsflow.

Listen for yourself.

Memo (2)  Jonathan Band at Michigan State University  Law School.

6 thoughts on “Lobbyist For CCIA Makes All Kinds of Wild Claims About Copyright Management Organizations. BMI ASCAP SOCAN SAMI Included in Charges of Corruption.

  1. I listened to it and he seems to be claiming that the TuneSat numbers and the collection agency numbers don’t jive. If you’ve read the TuneSat services page, that is exactly one of the benefits they claim for that service: the ability to see where potential revenues are not being collected or can’t be reconciled to other services.

    I don’t have any information about this fellow. On the other hand, I won’t dismiss what he is saying out of hand. While a lot of the claims for what artists can earn from the digital economy are bunk as you have documented so well, the technologies themselves are not. We should be looking at emerging services such as TuneSat and making these comparisons and letting the chips fall where they may.

    Awareness and sensemaking coupled to applied digital forensics and investigation are necessary. “The times they are a changin’” and the worst mistake we can make is to ignore that or fail to take advantage of the positive aspects. OTW, we’re just …. meat.

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