Amazon’s Jeff Bezos kowtows to China’s grand poobah Xi Jinping and deletes bad reviews of Xi’s absurd book.
I was pleased to moderate a panel on TikTok’s situation for the Music Business Association with an all-star panel of experts. You can access our voluminous panel materials here including the panelists biographies. The following is my opening statement followed by the panel outline with some page number cross references to the panel materials. Opening […]
[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions] There is a long line of copyright infringement cases that demonstrate how hard it is to right a situation that starts out wrong. In addition to TikTok’s copyright problems which it is frantically trying to buy its way out of, TikTok also has a problem with how it treats […]
MTP readers will not be surprised at the Executive Order relating to Tencent and one of its apps called “WeChat.” The WeChat app has long been considered a tool of censorship associated with China’s Ministry of State Security and the Chinese Communist Party. Most prominently, WeChat was linked to action taken by the ruling Chinese […]
The walls appear to be closing in on TikTok (or as it’s becoming known, TikSoft). This is probably particularly galling to the founder of Bytedance (TikTok’s parent company). Zhang Yiming worked at Microsoft but left in 2008. Mr. Zhang is launching a Google-style reaction and deflection campaign against the U.S. Government’s standard Committee on Foreign […]
You may have heard that the massive copyright infringer TikTok is going to be sold. I seriously doubt that’s what’s going on at all. It’s not a “sale” in any normal sense. It’s a fire sale at best. You’ve heard the (sexist) expression in mergers and acquisitions circles, put some lipstick and stockings on that […]
TikTok seems more likely to be shut down in the US with every passing day. How could this actually happen and what would “shut down” actually look like?
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 […]
The nauseating Daniel Ek made something like a billion dollars in the last week on Spotify stock appreciation, while at the same time crying poor and fighting songwriter royalties every step of the way. If you think this example of income inequality is revolting, brace yourself for the China Evasion. But the U.S. Senate just […]
MTP readers may recall that in between getting banned by the Department of Defense, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA as well as being investigated by CFIUS, TikTok got caught and fined by the FTCfor exploiting children in violation of U.S. law: The operators of the video social networking app […]