The Notorious Marketeer: Amazon Makes the @USTR Notorious Markets List

Music Technology Policy

There’s really only one reason why a public company like Amazon ends up on the USTR’s “ Notorious Markets ” list and that’s because they tried really hard to get on there. Jeff Bezos and Amazon stockholders. Love him or hate him, let it not be said the U.S.

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The Time to Hesitate is Through: Amazon’s Thievery Requires Decisive Action

Music Technology Policy

A recent sample purchase program found 11% of new CDs offered for sale on Amazon were counterfeit, and 16% of new CDs sold on eBay were counterfeit.For the study on box sets of music, we identified and made test buys on eBay and AliExpress’s U.S. Amazon strictly prohibits the sale of counterfeit products and we invest heavily in both funds and company energy to ensure our policy is followed. The reason this drivel from Amazon sounds like tired crap is because it is tired crap.


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4 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Free Softwares For eBay Amazon Listing


Any seller support softwares for Amazon, eBay or any other marketplaces for that matter are often expensive especially when they are loaded with ultra evolved and sophisticated support features. These are the days when support solutions for core operative features like listing management for top marketplaces like eBay Amazon listing softwares etc. This is probably the reason why high quality solutions like the best Amazon listing software will never be available for free.

Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Because Google and Amazon–purveyors of Big Data–claim they “can’t” find contact information for song owners in a Google search. That’s right–Google and Amazon are falling over themselves to use their market power to stiff songwriters yet again. The latest loophole that Google and Amazon are hacking is uniquely American–the compulsory license for songs. Amazon also has a phenomenal amount of information about music ownership.

HFA/Amazon and MRI

Music Technology Policy

Lot’s of quizzical…yes, that’s what it was, quizzical…reaction to the announcement by HFA that they will be handling a few items for Amazon. First of all, I have to say that it’s always encouraging when one of the Gang of Four tech oligarchs (per Eric Schmidt) like Amazon does something on the top of the table. The Amazon cloud service is exhibit A. One might think that Amazon would have helped itself by hiring HFA. amazon artist rights

Guest Post: How Amazon’s Cheats Music Creators

Music Technology Policy

Twitch , a subsidiary of Amazon, is a live-streaming video platform that has “ over two million broadcasters and 15 million daily active users.” Amazon Prime : Because Twitch is owned by Amazon, Prime members can use “tokens” from their Prime membership to subscribe to broadcaster channels on Twitch. Guest Posts How Amazon Screws Songwriters News from the Goolag Erin M. Guest post* by Erin M. Jacobson, Esq.

@rachelrwithers: Amazon Owes Wikipedia Big-Time — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Amazon gave $1 million to Wikipedia–and gets way more out of the deal than the charity. via @rachelrwithers: Amazon Owes Wikipedia Big-Time — Artist Rights Watch

Amazon Warehouse Safety 'Inadequate,' N.Y. Attorney General's Office Says : NPR

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Amazon may have violated federal safety standards for providing "inadequate" protections to warehouse workers in New York, the state attorney general's office says. Amazon Warehouse Safety 'Inadequate,' N.Y. " Is this surprising to anyone?

"Hollywood on Strike" Book Available on Amazon!

Digital Media Law

My book is finally available on Amazon: Coming soon - "Look Inside the Book" and a Kindle edition. _. available at (use limited-time code JL886NCV for 20% off) and on Amazon. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Subscribe to my blog ( ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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Netflix, Amazon Beat Blacklisting Lawsuit From Former Employee

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Amazon Studios Television Ted Sarandos Jeff Bezos Business The claims from Jerry Kowal included defamation and wrongful termination read more. Netflix Reed Hastings THR Online THR, Esq.

Podcast, Blog & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide now available in the Amazon Kindle Store.

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m thrilled to announce that my book, the Podcast, Blog & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Interested? Click Here Also available is my White Paper: 6 Ways to Finance a Feature Film

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Warner Bros. Files Mass Litigation Against Amazon Resellers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is Amazon's user marketplace rife with counterfeits? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business Warner Bros. Entourage Game of Thrones Harry Potter The Sopranos The Wire

Warner Bros. Files Mass Litigation Against Amazon Resellers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is Amazon's user marketplace rife with counterfeits? read more. The Business Game of Thrones Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq. Television Entourage Harry Potter The Wire Tech The Sopranos Business

The Singularity is Nigh: Amazon Fake Brand Personality Follows China’s Fake News Presenter with US Right of Publicity Infringement

Music Technology Policy

Not to be outdone, Amazon has taken fake presenters to a whole new level–fake endorsers! Amazon goes all the way to fake on a one way trip to Minority Report -land. See, Amazon’s just trying to be helpful.

HBO Agrees To Provide Its Programming To Amazon

Media Law Prof Blog

Amazon and HBO have signed a licensing deal to make HBO programming available exclusively on Amazon Prime beginning May 21st. Among the popular shows slated for release on Amazon Prime and Amazon Fire TV: Veep, The Newsroom, and Girls. Seasons

We’re from Amazon and We’re Here to Help: Amazon Wants to Commoditize Festivals

Music Technology Policy

It probably drives Amazon crazy that they haven’t found a way to commoditize music festivals like they have all other aspects of retail, using brick and mortar retailers as Amazon showrooms. So it should come as no surprise that Amazon is going to try to fix a problem that doesn’t exist for anyone but them–the fan experience at music festivals. Yes, we’re from Amazon and we’re here to help.

'A Gronking to Remember' Becomes Memorable Lawsuit Against Amazon, Apple

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A couple is suing the tech giants after finding their faces on an e-book that went viral. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

You Furnish Alexa, and He’ll Furnish the War

Music Technology Policy

Yet Google’s beachhead in the data apocalypse is nothing compared to Amazon–as far as I know, which I hesitate to say too categorically given that it’s Google. But Amazon’s super groovy Alexa comes with many Intelligence Community connections that on balance are more destructive to society than the carbon footprint of Amazon trucks creating the inverse of the efficiency of the shopping center, brutalizing employees or destroying small retailers.

So Much For the Public Interest: Sonos CEO @Patrick_Spence Reveals the Harsh Retaliation of Google and Amazon

Music Technology Policy

A Sonos speaker looks an awful lot like Amazon’s Alexa speaker or the Google Home speaker, but predates each by many years. In other words, the data scraping that is at the heart of Google and Amazon’s trillion dollar market caps is not part of the Sonos equation.

More Writers Object To Amazon Policies

Media Law Prof Blog

A number of German writers have now joined the chorus protesting Amazon''s policy promoting e-books, alleging that the online retailing giant delays or fails to promote the products of those authors whose publishers do not agree to Amazon''s pricing policies

Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ “Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong. At Amazon, machines are often the boss—hiring, rating and firing millions of people with little or no human oversight.

Amazon Censoring Kindle Title List

The Legal Satyricon

by Charles Platt After Amazon caved in and removed _The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure_, other titles with erotic content are now being targeted. The currently uncertain situation is summarized here. Filed under: First Amendment, obscenity, political correctness. First Amendment obscenity political correctness

Amazon Founder Buys Washington Post

Media Law Prof Blog

Jeff Bezos, founder of, has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million. More here from Hollywood Reporter and here from CNN

More Evidence That Netflix and Amazon Have Joined a Legal War Against Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The streamers join the studios in a lawsuit against Dragon Media. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

@scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

T]his transaction review is the first genuine opportunity and powerful legal process for those alleging anti-competitive harm by Amazon to have antitrust authorities’ full ear in a confidential process where warranted. via @scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

Netflix, Amazon Sued by Former Executive in Million-Dollar Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Former Netflix director of content acquisition Jerry Kowal claims the digital streaming service used its leverage to get him fired from Amazon after it accused him of stealing confidential information. read more. The Business Netflix THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Podcast: The Legal Turbulence Facing Amazon’s Drones

Media Law

News of Amazon’s plans to use delivery drones surprised many, but the fact is that a number of companies are developing drones for commercial uses. However, before any of these commercial drones can take flight, they need to clear a series of legal hurdles, from winning FAA approval to sorting out liability and privacy issues. […] The post Podcast: The Legal Turbulence Facing Amazon’s Drones appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Guest Post: Amazon will deal with Pinterest Copyright Infringements

Music Technology Policy

One of our contributors discovered that all content copied by Pinterest members to the Pinterest website was actually hosted on Amazon servers. Our member contacted Amazon for an answer. Amazon has now accepted that they will process DMCA notices concerning infringements by Pinterest members. Amazon. NS-1226.AWSDNS-25.ORG , Amazon Technologies, Inc., Amazon Legal Department, Reno, USA. UK , Amazon Technologies, Inc.,

Amazon Revamps Kindle Royalties Program

Media Law Prof Blog

Amazon is restructuring its Kindle royalty program to make it more attractive to authors and publishers. Previously, authors received a little over $3 per title selling at $8.99; now they'll get $6.25. The new program launches in June. Read more

Actress Details Amazon's Alleged Data-Mining Fraud in Amended IMDb Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Huang Hoang, whose age was revealed by IMDb, amends complaint in effort to show how Amazon is allegedly committing fraud on its customers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business IMDB

Cuomo Pisses on the First Amendment over Amazon Ads

The Legal Satyricon

The Man in the High Castle is a piece of alternative history fiction. It imagines an alternate future in which the Axis powers won World War II. The Nazis occupy the eastern part of the United States, while the Japanese take up residence in the west. I have only seen the pilot, so I’m not […].

Class Action Filed in Response to Amazon e-Book Deletions


Amazon refunded its customers and apologized, saying that the deletions were made because the independent bookseller did not have the legal right to sell the novels through Amazon. The suit, which was filed in the Western District of Washington, alleges that Amazon violated its own terms of use. For example, one such plaintiff said that notes such as “remember this paragraph for your thesis&# became worthless when Amazon deleted his copy of George Orwell’s 1984.

Was This the Real Reason Why Amazon Fired a Former Netflix Licensing Guru?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Now, Amazon offers a possibly instructive explanation on why a judge shouldn''t allow his lawsuit. Last month, Jerry Kowal claimed a "blacklisting" in the digital video industry. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

New York Court Upholds "Amazon" Holding

Media Law Prof Blog

Zelinsky, Cardozo School of Law, has published New York Appellate Division Upholds 'Amazon' Law: Analysis in State Tax Notes (2011). Media tax mavens, take note: Edward A. Here is the abstract. In LLC et al. New York State

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

New Media and Technology Law

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. On remand, a New York magistrate judge ruled that the court should grant Amazon’s motion to compel arbitration on other grounds based upon the plaintiff’s constructive knowledge of the terms.).

Hey Alexa, Regift Yourself: Google Overtakes Amazon in Biometric Data Acquisition Tools — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

According to the Canalys research outfit, Google has taken the lead over Amazon for the first time in the acquisition of biometric identifying data–aka “smart speakers”. So who do you think the customers are for speech-to-text and speech recognition tools to whom government contractors like Google and Amazon might be selling your biometric data?

Kanye West Sues Amazon, Others Over 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The "Yeezus" artist says the e-retailer is committing contributory trademark infringement by allegedly enabling websites trading in the digital money. read more. The Business Kanye West Music THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Business

Actress Sues IMDB/Amazon For Publishing Personal Information

Media Law Prof Blog

Amazon, which owns IMDB, the internet movie website, is facing a lawsuit from an anonymous plaintiff who alleges it invaded her privacy by publishing her age in the "IMBD Pro" section of its database. The actress says website personnel obtained

Malcolm Gladwell Confronts Pieism With Amazon’s Vice President of Fulfillment

Music Technology Policy

According to Reuters: In a blog post on the Amazon site authored by the “Amazon Books team” [that is, an anonymous post], the ecommerce giant said e-books were very price sensitive. Based on a review of many titles, Amazon argued that ebook priced at $9.99 Amazon claims that pricing an e-book at $14.99 That’s right, with the exception of printing, Amazon has ticked off all of the cost items that Amazon doesn’t have to bear.

Amazon Showroom Operators (aka Retailers) Continue to Decline as Income Transfer Accelerates

Music Technology Policy

Amazon showrooms–aka bricks and mortar retail–are in an unrecoverable tailspin that will affect neighbors and communities across the country and around the world. While shares of e-commerce giant Amazon ( AMZN ) continued to trade near record highs, combined, the five department-store retailers shed more than $4.2 Not paying for showroom space is not the only thing Amazon is good at grifting.

Tax Dodger Amazon Now Fighting Justice in the UK, Small Bookseller Mounts Petition Drive

Music Technology Policy

Eric Schmidt referred to the New Tech Oligarchs as the “Gang of Four”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and, of course, Google. We’ve seen this time and again with Amazon, a company that allows consumers to stand in a bricks and mortar retailer and order an item from Amazon while getting a product demo of the same item from the shop owner on the pretext of buying the good from the shop. I am not anti-Amazon, fair competition is fine.

Death and resurrection in the rainforest as bishops meet for Amazon summit | Environment | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

As wildfires and deforestation drive the Amazon rainforest towards a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover, Yesica Patiachi, a Harakmbut leader from Peru, is heading to Rome to take part in an unprecedented synod of Catholic bishops from across the region. Eden is here in the Amazon and we are destroying it,” she said. “We The life of the [Amazon] people is intrinsically, inherently part of the territory. "A hundred years ago the Harakmbut people were nearly wiped out.

Amazon argues Constitution protects your chats with Alexa - CNET

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Amazon says the First Amendment protects your conversations with Alexa. Amazon argues Constitution protects your chats with Alexa - CNETSuch interactions may constitute expressive content that implicates privacy concerns and First Amendment protections," the company's lawyers wrote in a court filing Friday.