If you want to steal a song, Google is an absolutely fantastic place to start. The world of torrents and free mp3s is just a search away, all at a nice price. But is Google really the problem here, or is it merely a symptom of a far broader issue - one created by the entertainment industry? In comments to the Guardian, Google cofounder Sergey Brin firmly blamed media companies for consistently failing to compete with pirated alternatives.
The comments were part of much larger discussion concerning attacks on an open internet. China, Apple and Facebook all pose serious problems, according to Brin, based on moves to censor, wall, or restrict access. But an open internet is also something the entertainment industry hates, and Google has fought hard against measures like filtering. And, curiously launched Google Music alongside an exceedingly pirate-friendly search engine.
But there's progress: the music industry has embraced MP3s, licensed YouTube, and even stopped suing file-swappers (imagine), among other steps. But there are still issues tied to pricing, pulldowns on platforms like Spotify, and other consumer-unfriendly gaps. And this is a picture that becomes hideously more complicated with legislative 'solutions' like SOPA, gigantic major label licensing issues, and a never-ending litigation train.
The full interview with Brin is here.
James Monday, April 16, 2012
An Amazon MP3 takes one click to purchase. Don't think it's ever going to get any easier than that.
But Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Not available outside the U.S.
duh Tuesday, April 17, 2012
for all the tea in China THIS!
Ozrich Monday, April 16, 2012
Is there a bit torrent site where I can download some Google shares?
Cliff Baldwin Monday, April 16, 2012
How about this: All the GOOG patents should be freely searchable. Maybe a bunch of source code and trade secrets as well for good measure. Everyone can help themselves to this IP as they see fit for either personal or commercial gain. Once there is enough of it out there and widely accessible, a new company called SnoogTube can launch and organize it really well and sell advertising against it. So it's all free and ad supported and completely severed from the humans and intellects that created it in Mountainview. How does that sound?
It amazes me that an artist and/or their financier can spend a year and a hundred thousand dollars writing and recording music, and then another few million marketing it but GOOG thinks it's fine to just serve it up on a platter for free and sell ads against it to fill its own coffers. They monetize a few of them so they can send the labels and rights holders a check, but everyone knows the vast majority of the creative output from artists is simply exploited with no remuneration at all. GOOG has said publicly that "artists ought to be amazed at the WW promotion it can provide." To what end exactly? To sell t-shirts and concert tickets? Are those more valuable than the art itself now. GOOG should really consider putting its money where its mouth is and letting artists and songwriters use all its shit for free and monetize it. Or maybe just stop ripping everyone off!
dangude Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I like your idea. But there must be one more detail; SnoogTube must have a law (the DMCA) that says they can't be prosecuted if they are simply looking the other way when their customers are taking Goofles IP
David Monday, April 16, 2012
I wish I could buy from Amazon in Canada, we don't have any real option other than iTunes
OK, here you go: Monday, April 16, 2012
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”
Notice how the article specifically mentions Google by name, with "Google searches". It doesn't say "search engine results" or searches on the various search engines", or "Google, Bing and Yahoo! searches".
Central Scrutinizer Monday, April 16, 2012
Stay tuned Total Criminalization will be here shortly.
@artzbridge Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Is a horrible user experience perpetuating digital piracy? Well, dinosaur regulations certainly don't help either.
Audie Chamberlain Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It seems reasonable that if I have cable and want HBO - I pay with the understanding that it helps HBO keep their lights on, make more shows etc.
Here's the thing -- that logic has never applied to Verizon, COX, Time Warner etc. when it comes to music.
Feel free to school me.
cipher Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In 1998 I was in the US and was shown a device from the UK on trial that was going to revolutionize the distributing and payment to the composer, performer of royalties. It was about the size of the old fashion 32" television set....in the future I was told these "machines" would be in gas stations, drug stores,walmarts etc.The "device" would be linked back to a central server...you could purchase a couple of songs and download to your ipod type of receiver. This is the interesting bit....the payments would be divided up immediately and sent to the appropriate vendors...to the record company, publisher , collecting agency or even directly to say a self published singer songwriter. Does anyone know what happened to this equipment...did it not work and was it canned or did certain "powers" decide it was not beneficial to their future.
paul Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Without knowing the exact model, product, etc., I'd hazard a guess that this was one of several 'kiosk' concepts floating around. Pre-iPod, pre-iTunes Store and the rest, the idea was that digital downloads from a physical kiosk would be adopted - and more than that, even enhance physical floorspace and 'grow the pie'. Perhaps this was a play at controlling the device, the kiosk, and even the online portion.
At the time, there were reasons to think this could have worked, though now clearly technology seems to have rendered it mostly unworkable. Which would explain why 'kiosk' is mosty a negligible line-item today, at least as it relates to recordings.
Not sure how the rest of the electronics kiosk space is doing; I've seen lots of interesting vending machines with iPods, Beats headphones, etc., mostly at LAX (we're LA-based).
pushpin Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Yes...That one big hoop of paying anything for shit.
Versus Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Ridiculous argument. What hoops? It's just as easy to buy a CD as ever, and it's even easier (assuming one has a credit card, or Paypal,etc) to buy music online: iTunes, Amazon, emusic, etc....
This is disingenuous rationalization. Google is making it too easy to steal, and therefore an accomplice. Google is able to block other sorts of sites which are deemed criminal based on content, so I am sure it is technically possible to filter out intellectual property piracy sites.
Either that or Google can just pay a percentage of its revenues to content creators.
CEO digital revolution records Friday, April 20, 2012
At some point in the future the whole music industry will join forces,the copyright violators starting with google and moving downwards will be permanently removed,this is on the cards now,we intend to start this year,we hit there bank balances to the point there out of business
Chase Friday, April 20, 2012
Long live the pirate bay!
@mattadownes Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After bitching and whining about Spotify for a year I'm over it. 21,000,000,000 songs were streamed (and tracked by Neilsen last year) vs. 1,300,000,000 tracks purchased individually. You don't have to me a math wizard to see that this number is going to grow exponentially.
It will take about 5, to maybe 10, more years for hardware to becomes ubiquitous with streaming software. Watch it become part of your car, your television and maybe even your refrigerator. This is how music will scale again. Get your Spotify/Deezer/Rdio/MOG account and get used to it.
If you're an artist, I'd start kissing all of these companies asses immediately. Ask how you can get featured, ask for exclusives or maybe even make exclusive content for them.
Stop caring what the labels, Google or Pirate Bay is doing and start putting your marketing time/dollars into working relationships that will help your music get into more ears.
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