Free

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
apis, copyright, fees, policing, search engines

Companies:
google, riaa



Wait, So The RIAA Is Offended That Google Won't Do Work For Free?

from the i-thought-free-was-bad? dept

The RIAA and the IFPI have been going on and on for years about just how ridiculous it is for people to suggest music should be "free." They will go on, at great length, to talk up the "value" of music and how it should be paid for. But, apparently, they don't think that applies to anyone else. They're apparently screaming angry at Google because Google (gasp) responded to their request to provide them tools to help them track down unauthorized copies, by quoting their standard prices for how much it costs to use Google's API. So, RIAA, please explain: why is it sacrilege for you to demand people pay up, but it's even worse if Google asks you to pay to use its resources?

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    bob, 15 Oct 2010 @ 4:37am

    why not? Google expects the artists to work for free?

    Google doesn't compensate the creators when it sells ads next to their work. You would think they would at least help out.

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