Polio as a Child, Man

Kim Fowley died on January 15.  There are a lot of people who really despised Kim but I’m not one.  The first time I met Kim was at David Clayton Thomas’s wedding reception in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel.  (For those who don’t know, David was the lead singer for Blood Sweat & Tears.) […]

#HowGoogleWorks for Jihad: The Internet Association Says “je suis spéciale”

It should come as no surprise that following the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, France, Germany and the UK are considering how to deal with the spread of jihadi propaganda by means of “social media”.  Why?  Because the major social media platforms allow jihadi propaganda to flourish by hiding behind “intermediary liability” statutes, or more precisely broadening […]

Stop Them Before They Pimp Again: Google’s Human Trafficking Rhetoric Should Start with Cleaning Up YouTube

If you follow Google’s policy blog, you might have seen this post by Google’s head lobbyist, Susan Molinari: There are few issues more horrifying than human slavery and trafficking. Yesterday, the House of Representatives took important steps to address these issues by passing twelve bills aimed at helping the victims and calling attention to these criminal acts. […]

Zoë Keating vs YouTube: The End of an Artist’s Right to Choose Where Their Music Appears on The Internet.

Originally posted on The Trichordist:
musiThis is a call to action folks. Many of you may already be aware of this blog post from  Zoë Keating detailing the new terms of the Google/YouTube “Music Key” service.  YouTube’s “communications manager” Matt McLernon has followed the Spotify approach and attacked Zoë Keating’s story as “patently false” although it looks like Google…

The Revolution Shall be Monetized: Zoë Keating Confirms YouTube Learned Nothing From Indie Labels

…there was lunch in the larger, first floor cafeteria where, in the corner, on a small stage there was a man, playing a guitar, who looked like an aging singer-songwriter Mae’s parents listened to. “Is that….?” “It is,” Annie said, not breaking her stride.  “There’s someone every day.   Musicians, comedians, writers….We book them a year […]

YouTube’s Failure to Block Jihadi Recruitment Videos Laid Bare in UK Parliament

As we have pointed out many, many times on MTP, YouTube routinely hosts videos that can only be described as recruitment tools for jihad.  Some are fundraising tools, such as “Equip A Fighter for Ramadan”–the most bone-chilling metadata we’ve seen on YouTube. Some use copyright infringement–a YouTube specialization–to glorify jihad.  The Ridley Scott picture “Kingdom […]