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The DMCA Still is Not An Alibi: How is Google Search Like the Ford Pinto?

September 29, 2019

Music Technology Policy

YouTube and Google are both fit for purpose, it’s just that the purpose is unfit.

The Pinto Gap

Google frequently defends what I would call the “Pinto Gap”–Google’s business practice named after the notorious Ford Pinto model with the exploding gas tank.  Why the “Pinto Gap”?  Because one would have to believe that Google has determined, just like Ford, that the cost benefit of programming their search algorithm to play whack a mole with artists profits them more than “doing the right thing.”  One day we may find out if there is a “Pinto memo” at Google.

Remember the Viacom case?  Of the few internal YouTube emails that Viacom was able to recover this one from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen sums it up nicely as reported by USA Today:

Viacom says Chen discussed in another instance how YouTube could handle a hot news clip from CNN

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