There’s an easy answer to why TikTok has been banned in so many places and may well yet get banned in the US: China’s “National Intelligence Law.” China’s National Intelligence Law was enacted on June 27, 2017 and came into effect in July 2017. The National Intelligence Law is part of a portfolio of statutes […]
Sometimes the big money executives at corporations are referred to pejoratively as “corporate royalty.” The nauseating Daniel Ek caused Spotify to grant him supervoting stock and he used it to make himself President for Life. Vlad will love it.
A performance metric one hears from the digerati is the term “conversion rate.” “Conversion rate” for a streaming service usually means the rate at which users of an ad-supported free service are “converted” to paying users. That motivation is usually because they are so fed up with the advertising they are willing to pay. […]
[I’m very happy to report that Maria Schneider is leading a class action against YouTube filed July 2. If they’d just listened to her in this 2016 post on MTP. Maybe next time. In case you were wondering why music industry leaders don’t stand up to Google instead of giving them more safe harbors, she […]
If Congress wants to fix the DMCA, Congress needs to fix Google’s scam operations, too.
According to Silicon Valley mouthpiece Torrentfreak, guess who is going to be defending the Internet Archive and the eponymous Mr. Kahle in their massive copyright infringement suit from publishers? The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. […]
The wisest among us learn to use their portents well There’s no need to hurry, it’s all downhill to hell. From “Don’t Stand Still“, written by Original Snake Boy, performed by Guy Forsyth The Copyright Office has solicited comments on the transparency of The MLC and received quite a few well-thought out comments (if I […]
The eponymous Mr. Kahle announced with the usual huge heaping rasher of sanctimonious twaddle straight from the mollycoddle mumbletank that the so-called “National Emergency Library” was closing early. Not because Brewster Kahle did anything wrong, not because he got a Tillis-gram, no no no. It’s because there are other resources for the “Internet bound.” Internet […]
In a month when we honor the memory of the Normandy invasion, it is well to also remember that no one understands this deadly calculus better than a soldier. Particularly one who had a lifetime to think over the question and the math–only the price has gone up. Every gun that is made, every warship […]
Download a copy here June 10, 2020 Mr. Brewster Kahle Founder and Digital Librarian Internet Archive 300 Funston Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118 Dear Mr. Kahle: I write to you again as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. In my April 8, 2020 letter, I expressed my concern that the Internet […]