EC: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on Android operating system and applications

The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators. [This is a second action against Google by the Commission.] The Commission’s preliminary view is that Google has implemented a […]

@andreworlowski: EU mulls €3bn fine for Google…And it could just be the start

The European Commission may impose its largest ever fine on a company for misbehaving – and for Alphabet’s Google, it could just be the start. The Sunday Telegraphreports that the Commission is considering a fine “in the region of €3bn” for Google’s anti-competitive search practices – or around half of Google’s European income. This dwarves the largest […]

White House Protection: DMCA Notice and Shakedown is Not YouTube’s Only Leverage — Artist Rights Watch

By Chris Castle It’s no secret that the major labels are all renegotiating their licenses with YouTube. It’s also no secret that Google’s “notice and shakedown” interpretation of the government’s DMCA safe harbors hands Google (which owns YouTube) a lot of leverage to the great disadvantage of artists, songwriters, record companies and music publishers. How […] […]

Christopher Williams: Google faces record-breaking fine for web search monopoly abuse — Artist Rights Watch

It’s been a textbook example of how not to handle a European antitrust investigation when you know you’re guilty. In the years-long will-they-or-won’t-they antitrust investigation game that spanned two competition ministers, in the end it will be the sheer hubris that got Google and got them good. But then it’s what happens when the loser […] […]

Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy

[We’re pleased to post this open letter to YouTube written by Maria Schneider, a five-time GRAMMY-winning composer and bandleader, a board member of the Council of Music Creators, and an active supporter of MusicAnswers.org.] Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy by Maria Schneider  Hank Green’s recent open letter in support of YouTube (that was in response […]

List of Corporations and Foundations Funding Astroturf Fight For The Future “Free Speech Graveyard” — The Trichordist

According to Federal tax documents these Corporations and “black box” foundations are massively funding the astroturf Fight For The Future. These are the folks attempting to organize a counter-protest at the Copyright Office roundtables today in San Francisco. CORPORATE MONEY FUNDING FFTF Union Square Ventures (Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, and a host of other […] via List […]