The proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner has drawn censure from both sides of the political aisle, as well as a Senate hearing that looked into the potential for the combined company to become a monopoly. But if we are going to examine media monopolies, we should look first at Silicon Valley.
Newly-uncovered emails show the White House was closely tracking the outcome of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust probe of Google, with an official contacting Google’s lobbyist shortly before the agency’s decision to settle the case. via @GTP_Updates: White House Kept Close Tabs on FTC Google Antitrust Probe — Artist Rights Watch
[We’re pleased to post this open letter to YouTube written by Maria Schneider, a five-time GRAMMY-winning composer and bandleader, a board member of the Council of Music Creators, and an active supporter of MusicAnswers.org.] Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy by Maria Schneider Hank Green’s recent open letter in support of YouTube (that was in response […]
Crony Capitalism is Back Baby!! Big Finish for 2011 Google drops $3.7m in Q4 brings company to $9.68 million for 2011–and this doesn’t include Net Coalition, Creative Commons, Free Press, Public Knowlege, Sunlight Foundation, Berkman Center…and so on. Politico Morning Tech Blog reported (Politico Morning Tech Blog), “Dave Levinthal reports: ‘Lobbying spending by the nation’s most prominent […]