Google: Major Labels Got In The Way Of Cool Features In Google Music
from the anti-innovation dept
Separately, in another question concerning how Google would deal with the fact that some people will certainly upload tracks that were obtained through unauthorized means, Google first pointed out that the terms require people to only upload lawfully acquired music... but then also claimed that it would "respond appropriately to rightsholders who believe their rights were violated." That seems like a strange statement. I imagine it means the company will follow through on takedown requests... but how would the rightsholder ever know? If this is a private music locker, then the only person who should have access is the user. I'm kind of wondering if that statement was made just to make a "we're legal!" statement, without recognizing that such a situation doesn't seem to make much sense.
The whole major label situation is yet another example of fear driving the record labels, rather than opportunity and innovation. Again, these music lockers are really just a way to make the consumers' music experience better. It's an opportunity to make the music more valuable and to open up more opportunities for copyright holders to make money, but rather than embracing it, the labels make ridiculous demands to try to clamp down on the usefulness. So, instead, the industry moves forward in spite of their complaints, rather than with the majors.