It’s the height of irony that Google finds itself in court suing Uber over the piracy of documents and creative works it believes should be protected as its intellectual property (IP). The lawsuit is a battle royale between two mean-spirited data lords, each wrestling to secure its world domination over self-driven cars.
FYI Music News Canada has a nice tribute to Gerry Lacoursiere, the former head of A&M Canada who passed recently. If you knew him, you’ll find it a touching reminiscence of a wonderful man.
Originally posted on Music Technology Policy:
An increasing number of artists are stepping forward to condemn YouTube’s sleazy business practices ranging from YouTube’s improbable royalty payments to Google’s legacy DMCA notice and shakedown business practices. YouTube has struck back with the usual squid ink trying to obfuscate Google’s absurdly ineffective Content ID and Content Management System (“CMS”), most…
According to Music Business Worldwide: Spotify’s most recent valuation weighed in at a whopping $13bn in the wake of its recent licensing deals with Universal and Merlin. That’s according to a new report from Reuters, which says the business is pressing ahead with its plan to directly list shares on the New York Stock Exchange […]
Remember the smugness from Silicon Valley as Tower Records and other music retailers shut down? Turns out it may not have just been the income transfer from ad supported piracy that did it. Amazon showrooms–aka bricks and mortar retail–are in an unrecoverable tailspin that will affect neighbors and communities across the country and around the […]
According to Complete Music Update: [Google] paid a company called RBB Economics to survey 1500 music consumers on its platform in a bid to respond to the music industry’s repeated vocal criticism of YouTube. And in particular the industry’s argument that the Google site exploits the copyright safe harbours to secure preferential deals from music […]
Both Peter Kafka and Lyor Cohen seem to be mystified by concerns about how YouTube shakes down artists and songwriters in Kafka’s interview with Lyor in Recode. It should come as no shock that Google chose Kafka (a long-time Google fan boy) as the safe interviewer for Lyor, but it really is stunning how oblivious […]
If they’re not funding terrorists, they’re shaking down artists and songwriters…. Music Business Worldwide posted this internal memo from Warner Music chief Steve Cooper about Google’s DMCA abuse and the effect of YouTube’s notice and shakedown negotiation tactics. “YouTube has a bigger audience than any other streaming service, which presents huge opportunities for the creative community, […]
Save the Date! On June 20, 7 pm at Capitol Factory (Austin Omni), Chris Castle presents “Music Tech Licensing: Getting Your Beta Out without Getting Beaten Up” with special guest Keith Bernstein, CEO of Crunch Digital, sponsored by the Austin Music Tech Meetup. Topics will be copyright basics and licensing strategy for startups. via Save the […]
[Editor Charlie sez: One of the most unfair artist cases so far this decade. The process is complex, but the result is not!] The heirs of William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello this week petitioned the high court to review a case concerning their world-famous comedy routine. Those heirs sued the producers of the Broadway […] […]