If Congress wants to fix the DMCA, Congress needs to fix Google’s scam operations, too.
The US Congress should pay close attention to Big Tech’s interference lobbying in Europe that would curtail the legacy safe harbor.
MTP readers will recall that there is a long history of Internet advertising companies selling keywords under dodgy circumstances. We have some documentation of this practice–starting in 2003ish an affidavit from the “DownloadPlace” litigation documents that Google suggested artist names as Google Adwords. In the Google drugs non prosecution agreement case, Google representatives sold drug-related […]
The U.S. Copyright Office has invited the public to comment on potential reforms of the DMCA “safe harbors” and the incomparable T-Bone Burnett delivered this video version of his insightful comments on DMCA abuse. (See also Billboard article on T-Bone’s comment and my 2006 post on MTP, The DMCA is Not An Alibi.) It is important […]
Hi @Snapchat Do you pay ppl for the use of their work? Been off a record label now for 5 years. Is this legal? I should be paid PLS RETWEET pic.twitter.com/9qq9iKltFG — Kate Nash (@katenash) February 17, 2017 Kate Nash leads the way for songwriters and artists who are wondering when the income transfer to […]
Martin Mills is Chairman of the Beggars Group, home to some of the best known brands in the music business–4AD, XL, Matador, and Rough Trade, as well as the Beggars Banquet catalog. In addition to his companies, Martin is a leading advocate for independent record companies around the world. He’s also a fine example of […]
I note that the quotations from Fred von Lohman, the Mystic Knight of the EFFluviati, that appeared in the press on the Veoh case were somewhat guarded. We learn from our spectacular defeats—Grokster in Fred’s case. The industry sentiment regarding Veoh reminds me of reaction to the lower court decisions in Grokster—this simply cannot be […]
From the people who brought you the rather constipated expression “law hardening”, Wired Magazine brings you “Jailbreaking” in a recent article describing Fred von Lohmann, effluviati bandito profundo maximus hairdo of the 32nd degree, who supported hacking the Apple iPhone operating system in a recent debate with the Register of Copyright at the Temporary Autonomous […]
The House and Senate both introduced new versions of the “orphan works” legislation (the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act” named after the late AOL lobbyist). Why, you may ask? What is so important about “orphan works”? Do the songwriters, artists, photographers, illustrators, screenwriters, actors, directors you know come up to you in the street, strike […]