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  • Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: Terrible article...

    I didn't say "works"...but let me clarify what I meant...if someone took and replicated this entire site every day with no links back to you...essentially a mirror, and no'd be completely fine with that?

  • Jan 27, 2015 @ 05:32am

    Terrible article...

    Further proof the tech industry continues to live within an endless echo chamber, telling itself what it wants to hear.

    Content ID was developed as an answer to the issues regarding copyright infringement with music on YouTube. Since they have no tools for creating an actual sync license (required when syncing music and images - something they aren't capable of doing legally - 10+ years on), a blind eye is turned to most of the infringement occurring on the platform (images for example) in exchange for monetizing the music infringement. From Google's own Congressional testimony:

    "For example, Google has invested more than $60 million to date on the development of Content ID on YouTube. With this system, rights holders are able to identify user-uploaded videos that are entirely or partially their content, and choose, in advance, what they want to happen when those videos are found."

    Now Google has decided that since this tool has worked so well as both a carrot and stick, they can pick and choose which of those you'll get and it is take it or leave it.

    What they are doing by forcing artists or rights owners to take their terms in exchange for Content ID is saying that we don't care about your infringement, we'll hide behind our safe harbor and DMCA process and leave enforcing it up to you. As for monetizing it...good luck. At the scale things are being created...with Content ID alone scanning over 400 years of video a day...for any small label or artist, this becomes an impossible task.

    So it is carrot or stick, but then the same issues remain...Zoe and others still have infringement occurring on their rights as artists and business people. I'm 100% certain that if a giant billion dollar company started a platform where anyone could 100% replicate this sites articles every day word for word, and then ran ads against it, but swap out all the images for their own, and then told Techdirt, " harbor/dmca. We will monetize this infringement, but you'll have to agree to our terms of use." And every day you issued a takedown another mirror popped'd see this differently. Because that's what's happening to artists like Zoe when anyone uses her music on YouTube without her permission.

  • May 27, 2010 @ 06:32pm

    I'm sorry...

    exactly what anti-consumer stuff do they do? Has Apple forced anyone to buy their products? Apple doesn't support Flash...perhaps that's one thing you are referring to...should I expect Android to support Silverlight native in their operating system because some people might want it? Or maybe you are upset that they are anti-consumer because they don't allow you to buy music from other vendors and put it on an iPod or buy music from iTunes and put it on a Zune. Oh wait...they allow all that as well.

    I'd really like to know what they do that is so anti-consumer???

  • May 26, 2010 @ 08:45am

    Boo Hoo

    You know I'm starting to get a little bored with the whole anti-trust issues when it comes to these poor poor billion dollar companies all sad because they don't feel the other titan is treating them fairly. Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft...I could care less that they feel the need to go to the government to take care of helping them when a gazillion gallons of oil are pouring into the gulf. This is an effective use of tax payer money.

    As for this particular case...I doubt anything will come of it. Apple may have a huge chunk of the emerging online music market, but they do not have a monopoly. I might have more sympathy for Amazon if they weren't a billion dollar company that also wants to control the music biz.

    Perhaps the government should get back to looking into...oh...Bank of America and why they held my mortgage hostage for 3 months while I tried to refinance it with another bank.