#F*ckTheZuck: It Appears the World’s 6th Richest Man/Company Does Not Pay Songwriters

The Trichordist

6-richest-men-in-the-world

Mark Zuckerberg is the 6th richest person on the planet. Facebook is the 6th largest company in the world by market cap.  By any measure Facebook is the world’s largest media company and hosts millions of music video performances a day.   Yet unlike every other media company that regularly hosts and performs music it appears Facebook does not pay any fees to songwriters.  Word on the street is the company knows this is likely illegal yet they are refusing to get licenses.

Over the last few years musicians and songwriters have had a lot to say about paltry royalties (and non payment)  from digital services like YouTube and Pandora. But at least these companies bothered to get licenses and (most of the time) pay songwriters.   Facebook apparently flat out refuses to pay and thinks they don’t need licenses.

Looked at another way, of the 6 richest men in…

View original post 129 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Facebook Faces Copyright Issues Amid Video Explosion

The problem is identified…do we have the will to solve it or will we crumble at the feet of our tech overlords in Silicon Valley?

Copyright and Technology

It’s fairly well established by now — thanks to court decisions like Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh — that online service operators have no legal duty to proactively police their services for potential copyright infringement.  But that doesn’t mean that some services don’t do it anyway.  The biggest example is Google’s Content ID system for YouTube, which uses fingerprinting technology to flag uploads that contain copyrighted material.

The reason why Google implemented Content ID (in 2007) is simple: Google figured out a way to make money from it.  Copyright owners can choose to allow their content to be uploaded and take a share of revenue from ads that Google places in or alongside the video clips.  The major record companies participate in this arrangement for the vast majority of their content.  They aren’t thrilled with the per-stream revenue they are getting, but both sides agree that it’s better than…

View original post 1,017 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DOJ Engages Completely Juvenile Argument Against Copyright Office in Defense of Corrupt 100% Licensing Rule

These guys should get busted for corruption……

The Trichordist

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 4.37.53 PM

Getting the right result for our corporate masters.

We need to get the OIG to investigate or even recommend the disbanding of the DOJ Antitrust Litigation Section III over their handling of the 100% song licensing rule.  This is getting totally ridiculous.

First: there is the very real chance of corruption here as this appears to have been  rammed through at the behest of Google by former Google lawyer Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse.   See full timeline of Google takeover of Antitrust Division:

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

The DOJ Antitrust Division Litigation Section III/AG Lynch/And WhiteHouse needs to get the shit FOIA-ed out of them on this alone. Everybody involved in this sorry episode needs to be investigated.

Second:  Look at how stupid/Juvenile the DOJ division is.  In a brief to Judge Stanton in defense of their 100% licensing rule…

View original post 208 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals

We begin by stating once again that we strenuously object to the timetable set by the DOJ for the submission of these comments. Unlike the many multi-­‐national, billion-­‐dollar corporations ident…

Source: Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals

We begin by stating once again that we strenuously object to the timetable set by the DOJ for the submission of these comments. Unlike the many multi-­‐national, billion-­‐dollar corporations ident…

Source: Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is astounding

I didn’t know they even made people like this anymore…

http://www.fastcolabs.com/3035463/how-matts-machine-works?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tech-weekly-newsletter&position=3&partner=newsletter

This Matt guy is really something……

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Thought For Monday

I’d feel much better if wise people, not clever people, were leading the world.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment