Paul Resnikoff at Digital Music News nails the Google Music vaporware charade in his column “The Fiction that is Google Music“:
“If you want to steal music – lots and lots of music – then Google is the best place to start. Anything else is just a sideshow designed to placate labels and insulate Google from legal liability.”
The latest affront to sequential thought these charlatans have served up is the idea of a one-time complete song preview. Why does anyone need that, and are we expected to let Google keep track of all that? How in the world would you ever know with certainty which previews were “promotional” and which were to be paid for? $100 says that the first accounting statement will show 99% of plays were promotional–and good luck auditing.
Google–the kings of crap metadata that shows Bonfire of the Vanities with a copyright date of 1847 and Madame Bovary being written by Henry James? We should trust them to give us a straight count? Why? Because they’ve done such a good job of screwing the authors?
This idea that Google Music is anything real is just a charade. Google is organizing the world’s information whether the world likes it or not, and they’ll sell ads to theives and split the money with them–and lie about it. The best way to deal with their “Google Music” effort is to withhold licenses–that way they can’t make you chase your tail on the infringing works.
Assuming you don’t have to give up your right to sue for infringement as the price of admission.
Imagine this: Let’s assume that the Supreme Court is not willing to go along with the idea that artists have to monitor the Internet 24/7 to stop Google before it infringes again. Let’s say that the rule is Google is, at least in this respect, under the same rules as the Pirate Bay.
That is a HUGE loss. The rumor is that Google’s internal liability account for the YouTube litigation is $1 billion for the Viacom case alone, not to mention the class action–and the class actions to come. That’s real money.
Would they like to try to suckerpunch the music business like they have the authors before they have to spend another $100 million in legal fees and potentiall sustain billions of dollars in damages?
Or imagine that the Congress passed legislation making it a crime for U.S. companies to sell advertising on pirate websites? How is that going to affect Google’s financial performance?
As Paul says, “this is more than just a right hand, left hand scenario for Google. It’s as if the left hand is 1,000 times bigger than the right hand. And guess which one has the free candy?”
Good job, Paul. Although I strongly disagree about The Cloud. Once music goes behind The Cloud, it will never come back. They want to put it in The Cloud because they don’t want to give a straight count.