Don’t be Moral: Why Does Google Consistently Deflect Questions of Machine Ethics?

“As robots become more autonomous, the notion of computer-controlled machines facing ethical decisions is moving out of the realm of science fiction and into the real world.” “Morals and the Machine,” The Economist I was invited to a small dinner recently with representatives of Google and Google-backed advocacy and lobbying groups.  This was probably a […]

In Which: @AndrewOrlowski Catches Google Calling Up the “Useful Innocents”

Yes, when sleeping with the enemy is not enough, it’s time for fear and astroturfing in the UK.  The resilient Andrew Orlowski writes in The Register (“Google Orders Spontaneous Support for Parliamentary Motion“) that a former staffer for UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and–wait for it–current Google employee sent an email “call to action” […]

Proof of Life: Professor Danaher on the Success of Graduated Response

Professor Brett Danaher, the Wellesley economist, gave an excellent presentation on France’s HADOPI graduated response program at the Global Forum that I was honored to moderate in Toronto during Canadian Music Week.  Professor Danaher’s independent econometric study shows that HADOPI has been quite effective in educating the French public, slowing piracy and increasing sales.  While there are […]

Example of “New Boss” Contracts: The YouTube covenant not to sue

In case you needed some proof, here is an excert from a “New Boss” contract, being Google’s indie publisher license for YouTube (Google’s heavily subsidized and dominant entry into the video and video advertising verticle). To my knowledge, there has never been a comparable provision in an “Old Boss” music publishing license or recording agreement. Clauses […]

How the New Boss Treats Indie Audit Rights

I happened to attend a panel recently about monetizing content on YouTube.  There were two panelists from YouTube and one from a digital distributor.  The distributor rep did a great job of describing how a large digital distributor dealt with montetizing video content on YouTube. Given that the back of the envelope ratio I’ve developed from […]