Taylor Swift recently brought these “robber baron” business tactics into the mainstream. When she removed her catalog from Spotify, they were trying to force a bad deal on her. Dead Kennedys had Spotify figured out early on, we pulled most but not all of our tracks off of Spotify back at the start of 2013.… Continue reading Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray Explains How YouTube Is Stealing From Musicians | New York Observer
Google’s Poor Track Record on Piracy We reported on the 100 million takedown request milestone that Google sheepishly pushed past earlier this year. Compared with the rapid action the company has taken on European privacy rights, the earlier figure and the lack of action that it represents is even more astonishing. And it’s not only… Continue reading Privacy Trumps Piracy: Google’s Double Standard | Creativity Tech
Very insightful and accurate analysis of our digital life and the online ecosystem which devalues the rights of the individual in favor of unprecedented corporate power against citizens. Tube, yes. You, not so much. If there has been one consistent theme in everything I’ve written since diving into the morass we call the digital age,… Continue reading YouTube Squeeze on Indies Instructive | Illusion Of More
YouTube/Google and Amazon Are Using Their Power Against Creatives If you’ve been watching the last 15 years or so of web development, you’ve seen a relatively wide open field of entrepreneurial potential gradually get taken over by major corporations in a manner similar to what occurred in industrial societies beginning in the late 1800s. They… Continue reading YouTube’s Attack On Indies Gets Strong Response From WIN, But It’s Time For Artists To Take Action | Hypebot
Unfortunately, rather than manage copyright, it’s provided a huge loophole through which a number of online pirate entrepreneurs sail blissfully through. Known as the “safe harbor” provision, this oft-abused language has served to shelter digital thieves at the expense of rights holders. ”Safe Harbor” has enabled the growth of a criminal cancer and it’s a… Continue reading Everyone hates the DMCA | VOX INDIE
Bit Torrent creator Bram Cohen is either one of the most misinformed people on earth, or one of the most intellectually dishonest… and here’s why… Remember this one? BitTorrent: Bram Cohen Says ‘I commit digital piracy’? I build systems to disseminate information, commit digital piracy, synthesize drugs, maintain untrusted contacts, purchase anonymously, and secure machines… Continue reading BitTorrent, “Not Designed For Piracy”… Really? Seriously? 99% Infringing…
If you’ve been following the growing opposition to IRFA, the Internet Radio Fairness Act (aka the “Pandora Shakedown Act”), you won’t be surprised to know that Pandora has now enlisted the Über National Association of Broadcasters to help them screw musicians. (NASDAQ: P) You’ll remember the NAB–they are the ones who led the dirty tricks campaign… Continue reading Sign the @musiciansunion (AFM) Letter: Friends don’t let friends get IRFA’d!
Below is a letter from Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora (NASDAQ: P) urging consumers to help him discriminate against musicians by attempting to reduce his royalty obligations. This letter is highly misleading. Pandora is not Radio!! Pandora is a near-on demand streaming service. Having a subscription to Pandora is like virtually owning every album on… Continue reading Pandora, Please Stop discrimination against Musicians!
Unless you’ve been living in a cave on a some remote South Pacific island, by now you’ve heard that Amanda Palmer created quite a controversy when she announced that she was asking for string and brass section “volunteers” to work for her on many of the dates on her tour. Ms. Palmer became an even… Continue reading Occupy Amanda Palmer?
In this round we find advertisers exploiting Jared Leto‘s band 30 Seconds To Mars by Volkswagon, Go Pro cameras, LG electronics and appliances, Emirates Airlines, Adobe software, Ford and Target. It’s also interesting to note that in this series of screen shots the infringing links appear to be hosted on Rapidshare. This is the same… Continue reading Jared Leto Exploited by Rapidshare, VW, Go Pro, LG, Emirates Airlines, Adobe, Ford and Target