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 […]
Sometimes the big money executives at corporations are referred to pejoratively as “corporate royalty.” The nauseating Daniel Ek caused Spotify to grant him supervoting stock and he used it to make himself President for Life. Vlad will love it.
A performance metric one hears from the digerati is the term “conversion rate.” “Conversion rate” for a streaming service usually means the rate at which users of an ad-supported free service are “converted” to paying users. That motivation is usually because they are so fed up with the advertising they are willing to pay. […]
[I’m very happy to report that Maria Schneider is leading a class action against YouTube filed July 2. If they’d just listened to her in this 2016 post on MTP. Maybe next time. In case you were wondering why music industry leaders don’t stand up to Google instead of giving them more safe harbors, she […]
If Congress wants to fix the DMCA, Congress needs to fix Google’s scam operations, too.
According to Silicon Valley mouthpiece Torrentfreak, guess who is going to be defending the Internet Archive and the eponymous Mr. Kahle in their massive copyright infringement suit from publishers? The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. […]
[Editor Charlie sez: This post is a version of Chris Castle’s comment in the current Copyright Office rulemaking on the transparency of the MLC and originally appeared on The Trichordist.] By Chris Castle Just when you think you understand Title I of the Music Modernization Act, another toad runs out from under a rock. My nickname […]
The wisest among us learn to use their portents well There’s no need to hurry, it’s all downhill to hell. From “Don’t Stand Still“, written by Original Snake Boy, performed by Guy Forsyth The Copyright Office has solicited comments on the transparency of The MLC and received quite a few well-thought out comments (if I […]
[Editor Charlie sez: The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing many different ways to regulate The MLC, which is the government approved mechanical licensing collective under MMA authorized to collect and pay out “all streaming mechanicals for every song ever written or that ever may be written by any songwriter in the world that is exploited […]
The eponymous Mr. Kahle announced with the usual huge heaping rasher of sanctimonious twaddle straight from the mollycoddle mumbletank that the so-called “National Emergency Library” was closing early. Not because Brewster Kahle did anything wrong, not because he got a Tillis-gram, no no no. It’s because there are other resources for the “Internet bound.” Internet […]