Is Streaming a New Shadow Economy? — Artist Rights Watch

…there was lunch in the larger, first floor cafeteria where, in the corner, on a small stage there was a man, playing a guitar, who looked like an aging singer-songwriter Mae’s parents listened to. “Is that….?” “It is,” Annie said, not breaking her stride. “There’s someone every day. Musicians, comedians, writers….We book them a year […]Continue reading “Is Streaming a New Shadow Economy? — Artist Rights Watch”

Letter on “Restatement of Copyright” to American Law Institute from @SenThomTillis @RepBenCline @RepMarthaRoby @RepTedDeutch and Rep. @HarleyRouda A Leading Cause of Pearl Clutching — Artist Rights Watch

A group of legislators have written a letter to the American Law Institute asking for an explanation of why the ALI finds it necessary to draft a “Restatement of Copyright Law”. They have good reason–historically, the Restatement series has been a crystallization of “”black letter law” on common law subjects such as Property, Agency, and […]Continue reading “Letter on “Restatement of Copyright” to American Law Institute from @SenThomTillis @RepBenCline @RepMarthaRoby @RepTedDeutch and Rep. @HarleyRouda A Leading Cause of Pearl Clutching — Artist Rights Watch”

@variety: New Netflix Original to Tell the Story of Spotify’s Creation — Artist Rights Watch

Variety reports that the Spotify corpcomms book “Spotify Untold” is getting an order from Netflix for a series telling the story of Spotify’s “creation” featuring–guess who? The levitational awesomeness of Daniel Ek. No word on who will play David Lowery, Melissa Ferrick, Bob Gaudio or Brownlee Ferguson. So Netflix–which screws songwriters–is promoting Spotify–which also screws […]Continue reading “@variety: New Netflix Original to Tell the Story of Spotify’s Creation — Artist Rights Watch”

@illusionofmore: Google v. Oracle Part I: Or Why You Really Don’t Have to Know WTF an API Is — Artist Rights Watch

[Editor Charlie sez: Challenging Google will break the Internet!! Again!! Everybody drink!!] I freely admit that one reason I procrastinated when it came to digging into Oracle v. Google (now Google v. Oracle) is the fact that this nine-year litigation, now headed to the Supreme Court, deals with software. Unlike most creative arts in whichContinue reading “@illusionofmore: Google v. Oracle Part I: Or Why You Really Don’t Have to Know WTF an API Is — Artist Rights Watch”

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

You’re probably aware that Google keeps tabs on what you’re up to on its devices, apps, and services—but you might not realize just how far its tracking reach extends, into the places you go, the purchases you make, and much more. It’s an extensive set of data, but you can take more control over what Google collects about youContinue reading “All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It”

@daiwaka: Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World

Elastic, a software start-up in Amsterdam, was rapidly building its business and had grown to 100 employees. Then Amazon came along. In October 2015, Amazon’s cloud computing arm announced it was copying Elastic’s free software tool, which people use to search and analyze data, and would sell it as a paid service. Amazon went aheadContinue reading “@daiwaka: Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World”

Case Act Myths And Facts: EFF FUD Campaign — Artist Rights Watch

ARW readers will remember the Google Shill List. The Shill List was part of a brilliant strategy deployed by Oracle in their copyright infringement case against Google (still going on, see my Hypebot post on the case that is now going to get review by the U.S. Supreme Court before Lessig buddy Justice Kagan). The […]Continue reading “Case Act Myths And Facts: EFF FUD Campaign — Artist Rights Watch”

Make the Spambots the Issue: A Quick Demo of How to Hijack Google-Funded Spambots — The Trichordist

A “Theodore Kaczynski” from Lincoln Montana signs a Google-funded astroturf petition over and over again. Google-funded and affiliated astroturfs have mounted a spambot campaign targeting Senators to vote against the CASE Act. The CASE Act (voluntary small claims copyright court) passed the house 410-6. Google and their allies are worried because independent artists and creators […]Continue reading “Make the Spambots the Issue: A Quick Demo of How to Hijack Google-Funded Spambots — The Trichordist”

@cloudflare CEO Calls for a Decider–When That Decider Is Cloudflare Employees — Music Technology Policy

Diogenes searched the world for an honest man, and Cloudflare is searching the world for a decider in chief to tell them what to do. But as we know from Cloudflare’s IPO, Cloudflare need only look within because the insiders have structured the company’s governance so there is clear responsibility–and it’s with Cloudflare employees. The […]Continue reading “@cloudflare CEO Calls for a Decider–When That Decider Is Cloudflare Employees — Music Technology Policy”

Must Read: @ranaforoohar: Fact-checking Facebook’s fantasies — Artist Rights Watch

Criticising Big Tech can feel redundant at a time when many chief executives in Silicon Valley are doing such a good job of making the public sceptical about their business models and their executive competence all by themselves. Even so, Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at Georgetown University and his testimony on Capitol Hill last week areContinue reading “Must Read: @ranaforoohar: Fact-checking Facebook’s fantasies — Artist Rights Watch”