An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

[Editor Charlie sez: In honor of the new PRS-YouTube license in the UK, we’re reposting this harrowing first hand account of the first YouTube/PRS negotiation.  For PRS members, there’s a good chance that this post has more information about your deal than you’ll ever get anywhere else because your rates are–you know–confidential and stuff. This […]

Joshua, We Hardly Knew Ye: One of Google’s Friends at the FTC Departs–What Does it Mean for Spotify?

Re/Code reports that FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright is exiting the agency on August 24th: Joshua Wright, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission who has been viewed by some as troublingly pro-Google, is leaving the agency. The FTC announced the news on Monday. When Wright was appointed in 2012, he faced criticism for his positions on Google, particularly this […]

New Orphan Works Legislation: From Each According to What is Not Nailed Down, To Each According to How Little We Can Get Away With

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 […]

Marketwatch Gets It Right: Google’s Free Ride in the Press

I often say “[X] will happen the same day that the Wall Street Journal criticizes Google”…meaning never. I’m not the only one noticing. Excellent commentary from John Dvorak at Marketwatch on the subject entitled “Does Google have an Achilles’ heel? Tech giant and its weaknesses are sheltered by media.” I have heard for quite some […]

Book Review: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe

Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe by Jean-Noël Jeanneney Today being Sunday, I found myself at Book People, our local independent bookstore. The onslaught against the independent bookstore that started with Crown Books, continuing through Barnes & Noble, Bookstar, etc., and now culminating in Amazon.com is almost complete. (Nothing against […]