Did Mr. La Rue Miss the Elephant in the Room? A Critique of the Report of the Special Rapporteur to the U.N. Human Rights Council (Complete Post)

Originally posted on Music Technology Policy:
In honor of International Human Rights Day (December 10) let us revisit this post. It is not lost on professional creators and those who care about them that an already tough business has  gotten tougher in the last decade.  These creators watched—sometimes literally—their works being parlayed into billions for…

@zchase and What’s Up at NPR’s “Planet Money”?

MTP readers will recall when Rap Genius–or what RG’s investor Marc Andreessen has called the “Internet Talmud”–decided to come in from the cold and get licenses for the lyrics that are an integral part of the site.  (“Internet Talmud”?  Really?  Entitled much?) Yes, Mark Andreessen posted on a Rapgenius forum this explanation for why he […]

Attention Mr. Almunia: Justice Department Evidence Against Megavideo Confirms Adsense Account

by Chris Castle Joaquín Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission in Charge of Competition currently investigating Google’s unsavory business practices in Europe may wish to consider the dark underbelly of Google’s advertising business when deciding whether to give the company an unprecedented third opportunity to settle the competition questions against the global monopolist. […]

The Jihad Will Be Monetized: How the New Boss Duped the White House (Again) to Protect Intermediaries and Brand Sponsored Piracy, Part 2

Americans are freedom loving people, and nothing says freedom like getting away with it. From “Long, Long Time” by Guy Forsyth. (Continued from Part 1) _______________________________________________ As we have seen time and again, Google will sell advertising against everything from jihadi war porn, to ads for illegal drug sites, sex tourism and pirate sites of […]