@tanyabasu: YouTube’s algorithm seems to be funneling people to alt-right videos

A new study suggests what we’ve suspected for years is right: YouTube is a pipeline for extremism and hate. How do we know that? More than 330,000 videos on nearly 350 YouTube channels were analyzed and manually classified according to a system designed by the Anti-Defamation League. They were labeled as either media (or what we think ofContinue reading “@tanyabasu: YouTube’s algorithm seems to be funneling people to alt-right videos”

Google Says Don’t Break the Internet–Again–this time to Oracle at SCOTUS — Music Technology Policy

His Master had told him to call for help should a Wolf attack the flock, and the Villagers would drive it away. So now, though he had not seen anything that even looked like a Wolf, he ran toward the village shouting at the top of his voice, “Wolf! Wolf!” As he expected, the Villagers […]Continue reading “Google Says Don’t Break the Internet–Again–this time to Oracle at SCOTUS — Music Technology Policy”

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”

Big Tech Election Interference Redux

Here they come again: Hawkfish is Big Tech’s latest attempt to interfere in elections, this time with added Bloomberg, Ron Conway (massive infringers Google/Facebook) and Fred Wilson (viciously exploitative Sofar and the massive infringer Cloudflare). Why should Cambridge Analytica have all the fun? Mike Bloomberg is plowing millions of dollars into a secretive tech firmContinue reading “Big Tech Election Interference Redux”

More Value Gap Evidence Cuts Against Safe Harbor

Graham Henderson (@GFHenderson) writes on Twitter: “Music Canada hired an economist, Dr George Barker, to factor in inflation & GDP. Something to remember when you think about the size of this gap is that the music industry until 1999 & almost from inception outpaced BOTH inflation and GDP. So you are really looking at aContinue reading “More Value Gap Evidence Cuts Against Safe Harbor”

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”

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”