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Google Glass Allows Streaming–from illegal sites?

November 13, 2013

Now it all starts to fall together.  Ben Sisario writes in the New York Times:

When Glass boots up, it will display “listen to” among its standard voice commands — like “take a picture” and search for a term on Google — and let a wearer name a song or artist and then stream that music through Play, Google’s media and apps hub. Users can link their Play accounts to have access to playlists and song recommendations based on what they have listened to in the past.

Google is also introducing a set of earbud headphones designed for Glass, which will be available by the end of the month for $85. Sound Search, a feature introduced to Glass two months ago, acts like Shazam or SoundHound by identifying a song playing in the vicinity.

“With these new features, we’re now building a great music experience on Glass, whether you’re a classical music professor, an acclaimed sound engineer and hip-hop producer, or someone who wants to listen to their favorite tunes anytime, anywhere,” Ed Sanders, the director of marketing for Google Glass, said in a statement.

So the question is–will the device only allow playback from “legal” sources, like Genco Pura Olive Oil Company 2.0…oh, sorry, Google Play.  (In case you’re not a Godfather fan, Genco Pura was original the front company for the Corleones.)

Or will it allow the user to stream from any source–say, Isohunt.to which launched right after Isohunt lost its final appeal and was immediately indexed by Google.

We have to assume that Google does not intend to be limited in the library of illegal music it allows to be accessed to through search on Glass.  This would explain why the company has systematically failed to demote search results to illegal sites after years of saying they would (often called “lies”).  This lie was reiterated by Google as recently as September 11, 2013 in their report “How Google Fights Piracy” (at p. 18, with the weasely “Google also factors in [meaning what? Do they “factor in” the Sun rising in the East, too?] the number of valid copyright removal notices [Google acknowledged 97% are valid for Transparency Report] we receive [which “we” are we talking about?  Search, Blogger, YouTube?] for any given site as one signal among the hundreds that we take into account when ranking search results. As a result [of which antecedent?  Hundreds of factors or millions of notices?], sites with high numbers of removal notices may [or may not] appear lower in search results.”)

Permissionless innovation, baby.  This is how the rich keep getting richer in the biggest income transfer of all time.

  1. David
    November 13, 2013 at 11:40

    I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but it is striking to contrast Google’s approach to piracy with their approach to spam. (See here http://www.google.com/insidesearch/howsearchworks/fighting-spam.html ) When it comes to spam, which nobody wants in their search results, Google is quite prepared to be proactive, to have manual review, and to take action against spammy sites if a ‘large fraction’ of the content is spam. But when it comes to piracy… well, that might break the internet!


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