How YouTube “Monetizes” Your Songs to Sell Illegal Goods

Monetize, monetize, monetize.  This is the constant mantra from YouTube to all copyright owners but especially to songwriters.  YouTube gives all kinds of assurances about how they can block songs, recordings and movies with their superduper “ContentID” and “Content Management System.”  While these proprietary Google technologies get all kinds of props in the no-nothing press, […]

Google’s Charm Offensive Comes to Nashville Behind YouTube Front: But Where is the Straight Count?

“It’s really important that we protect the rights of really good looking people in this society,” Attorney Andrew Bridges of Fenwick & West (frequently representing Google) quoted at Beautiful Person Derek Khanna’s SXSW Panel ______________________________________ First They Send the Missionaries If you read much about the expansion of the British Empire, you will begin to […]

Good News for Pandora

According to Saving Alpha, some good news for Pandora today: Pandora (P) reaches 200M users, up from 100M in July 2011, while over 140M members have used the online music-streaming service on a mobile device. Other stats that Pandora is proud of this morning include streaming 200M songs before 10 a.m. every day, and playing […]

Texas Laws Helping Live Music Venues

The State of Texas has lead the way in leveraging its live music business, and it’s not all Austin a city that has branded itself the “Live Music Capitol of the World”.  There are bills introduced in the Texas legislature that incentivize venues to book more live music as well as supporting live sound and […]

Hey Rosebud! Yet More Lobbying By the Beautiful People: We’re Rich, Therefore We Win

“It’s really important that we protect the rights of really good looking people in this society,” Attorney Andrew Bridges of Fenwick & West (frequently representing Google) quoted at Beautiful Person Derek Khanna’s SXSW “Fashion Week” Panel ______________________________ The Beautiful People are finding more ways to use their money to get their way–and guess what?  There […]

Google’s Design Defect of Moral Hazard

In the law of products liability, a design defect exists when a defect is inherent in the design of the product itself. In a products liability case, a plaintiff can only establish a design defect exists when he proves there is hypothetical alternative design that would be safer that the original design, as economically feasible […]