Artists Rights Watch – Sunday Jan 27, 2013

Grab the coffee!

Recent Posts:
* Two Simple Facts about Technology and Piracy : iTunes Vs. YouTube
* Kim Dotcom’s “End Of Piracy”, that was easy…
* Obama Inauguration and White House IP Policy via IPEC, Victoria Espinel
* UPDATED: The Real Gangnam Style: Was Google Off a Couple Magnitudes on Earnings Call?
* With Friends Like These: Amazon Advertising Against Illegal Camper Van Beethoven Links While Camper Van Beethoven Gives Amazon Exclusive Content.
* Grammy Award Nominated Black Keys Exploited by… American Express Delta Airlines Card, AT&T, Dish Network, M&M’s (Mars), Nissan and others…

From Around The Web…

* Three Reasons Copyright is Not a Monopoly

* Commodities, Monopolies, Remixes and Rights – A Symphony

Copyrighted works are not commodities, nor are the distributors and users of such works able to operate completely independently – they depend on the creators to provide them with works to distribute and use. Thus, the restrictions imposed by copyright are not a monopoly – a distributor or user can still ply his business with regards to other works, the only thing he cannot do is use someone’s work without their permission. This law is simply an extension of the natural control a creator enjoys when he is the sole possessor of his work.

* Mega Piracy: It’s just the beginning
* Hotfile terminated by Paypal.
* DigiWeb accepting Payments for Kim Dotcom via Paypal and Credit Card

* What I’d tell my own kids about piracy. Why scarcity is a good thing.

* Content Leeches-The Dark Underbelly of YouTube’s Content Monetization
* Chronic, Ill-Gotten Gains–Google’s Web of Piracy Profit

Over the past two and a half years I’ve written extensively about Google’s ongoing link to ad piracy profits. Earlier this month USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab released a report documenting the fact that search giant is at the head of the pack when it comes to monetizing (and subsidizing) online piracy via its ad networks. The relationship between Google and online piracy seems clear as day.

* Aimee Mann: “My Record Isn’t on Spotify. Artists Don’t Make Money on Spotify.”
* MEGA Declares War on Pirate-Based Google Advertising…
* In the Last Year, Google Takedown Demands Have Increased 1,300%…

* Why Does Google Still Reward Content Scraping?

* Stream-age kicks: Is Spotify a musician’s friend or foe?

* YouTube (and Netflix) Monetize Online Piracy

Google/YouTube will, as always, claim that it’s the rights holder’s job to police YouTube and to request that infringing content be removed.  Of course, in the interim, Google’s happy to make money and Netflix is happy to attract new customers (and make money).

* We’re Kind of Terrified to Search After Sundance’s ‘Google and the World Brain’

* Driving Under The Influence (Deconstructing the “Pirates Buy More Music” Myth)

* 10 Bad Apples of Digital Media

The Thought Leader
They write articles that get published in AdExchanger, Digiday, etc. They sit on all the panels at OMMA, Adtech, etc. Here’s a thought: Stop talking, and do what you say. I’m tired of hearing pitch after pitch about how their company is changing the world with proprietary technology, but when it’s time to put their money where their mouth is, nothing works. Then their reply is, “Well, we’re still in the infancy of this business.” It’s all bullshit, and they know it. But if they can get enough clients on the line and generate enough buzz, some stupid company will acquire them with little to no due diligence.

* A middleman in the great internet copyright debate (Robert Levine)

* Amazon opens music store for Apple devices, songs start at 69 cents

* Kim Dotcom and the decline of HMV are not unrelated

No matter what you think of Kim Dotcom, or upload sites, it’s impossible to deny that people using sites like Megavideo for illegal downloads is a major (though not the only) reason these people are about to be unemployed. Whether that is Dotcom’s fault or that of its users – half a million signed up for Mega in the first 24 hours – is up to the courts to decide. But Dotcom’s assertions that he is opposed to privacy ring false. He claimed that “because of the business model Hollywood has, they are forcing people into piracy,” before arguing that the answer is a flat fee subscription model like Netflix or Spotify. But that isn’t the site that he has launched. He could have done just that but instead, he has intentionally created a new version of Megaupload, the most intricately designed tool for stealing other people’s hard work for free ever made, and simply made it harder for people to blame him.

* Hadopi Plans Large File-Sharing Warning Increase For 2013

* Aaron Swartz