Wendy! Wendy! Peter’s Off His Meds Again! CEO Madness Sets in At Facebook

Music Technology Policy

I mean, Facebook. No koolaide for Facebookers. Facebook Meltdown Mark Zuckerberg Peter Pan Sheryl Sandberg Wendy Darling

Where Was the Board? Facebook’s “Pinto Memo” Says Volumes About Them

Music Technology Policy

No, the House of Zuck is in serious trouble over many aspects of the business model that Sheryl Sandberg perfected for Facebook. Later, Facebook developed “custom audiences” , allowing external advertisers to merge the data they had about individuals with Facebook’s data.

New Boss Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Wants to Stiff Everyone

Music Technology Policy

The Facebook founder once again confirmed his company’s increasing focus on video – while making specific reference to ‘premium content’… “But there’s also a whole class of premium content. What Should A Facebook Deal Look Like? Why should Facebook get a better deal than Spotify?

Must See Video: @SenJohnKennedy’s Blistering Questions for Facebook

Music Technology Policy

Senator John Kennedy from Louisiana nailed Facebook’s smarter-than-thou lawyer during a hearing on the utter failure of Facebook, Google and Twitter to stop their platforms being leveraged by foreign intelligence services. Your rubles are no good at Facebook.

Universal Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out of the Cold With Precedent Setting Licensing Deal

Music Technology Policy

This is what happens when you stick to your property rights– Bloomberg reports that Facebook, aka royalty deadbeat, has signed a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group: Facebook Inc. The deal announced Thursday solves a long-running dispute, with Facebook agreeing to compensate the company and artists including Taylor Swift when users post videos that include copyrighted material. So we will see if Facebook is for real.

YouTube, Facebook and Moral Rights

Music Technology Policy

The place where we have problems, of course, is with the New Boss companies like YouTube, Google and Facebook. Try boosting a post on Facebook and selecting the attributes of the audience you want to reach.

Spotify Settlement Points a Finger At Facebook

Music Technology Policy

Compare Spotify to Facebook. Facebook has no licenses. For all of Spotify’s problems, Facebook is not Spotify. Facebook is a royalty deadbeat. What the Spotify cases should tell Facebook is that Facebook should not expect to get a pass for their bad behavior.

Sheryl Sandberg is shocked, shocked that there is bad behavior on Facebook

Music Technology Policy

This has been a bad few weeks for two out of the four members of the FANG cartel–Facebook and Google. Could the problem be that Facebook’s “systems” are designed to “allow this”?

Are Data Centers The New Cornhusker Kickback and the Facebook Fakeout?

Music Technology Policy

While Senator Ron Wyden–another data center beneficiary of Amazon, Facebook and Google–was at least trying to dress up his complicity in a Chanel suit and Louboutin shoes. What does it have to do with playing footsie with royalty deadbeats like Google and Facebook?

Facebook Now Facing Claims of Fraud In Lawsuit Over User Video Viewing Metrics

Media Law Prof Blog

Some advertisers are suing Facebook over what they say is overestimation of user video viewing, which they say meant advertisers were more inclined to pay for video ads on Facebook than on other social media. Plaintiffs now allege that Facebook

Facebook’s Campbell Brown Demonstrates Ontological Smugness of the Ship Jumper

Music Technology Policy

We’ve all experienced the sneering smugness of the executives at YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Amazon looking down their noses at artists and labels (especially independents). Brown, you see, is now Facebook’s “global head of news partnerships” or something like that.

Facebook and the News

Media Law Prof Blog

The New York Times on how Facebookers get their news

Trademark Protection and Facebook User Names

Digital Media Law

Now Facebook has entered the equation. Starting this Friday, June 12, users will be able to register a Facebook user name on a first-come, first-served basis at [link]. My old Facebook URL looks like this: [link]. But the new Facebook scheme has something built in that the other sites apparently don’t: a mechanism for trademark protection. Facebook doesn’t describe the procedure it follows for these forms. Tags: Facebook trademark

Target Facebook: Is the Social Network Joining the “DMCA License” Group

Music Technology Policy

Facebook is unlicensed. We all know that Facebook profits from music, and some of us know that Facebook not only profits in a general sense from having music on their platform, but they actually sell the artist’s name. Facebook Shakedown Uncategorized Facebook Unlicensed

@DavidIsraelite: It’s Time for Facebook to Accept Songwriters’ Friend Request — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

With views in the millions, it’s time for Facebook to answer songwriters’ friend request and properly license their platform. via @DavidIsraelite: It’s Time for Facebook to Accept Songwriters’ Friend Request — Artist Rights Watch. Facebook Meltdown David Israelite Facebook the Massive InfringerOtherwise, it may find itself de-friended by the music industry.

If $500 million is “nonmaterial” then why does royalty deadbeat Facebook refuse to pay artists and songwriters?

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers may have seen that Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality division lost a copyright infringement case in a $500,000,000 jury verdict for a variety of claims. What is interesting is how Facebook reacted to having to pay $500,000,000 for rights. Particularly since Facebook currently pays zero for music. According to the Hollywood Reporter: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday told CNBC, “The verdict is non-material to our business.”

Eminem's Music Publisher Suing Facebook (Exclusive)

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The Business Music Eminem Facebook THR, Esq. Rather than pulling down an advertisement that allegedly incorporated an Eminem song, the defendant''s lawyers attacked hip-hop legend Dr. Dre for stealing from Michael Jackson. read more. Tech Business

Spotify Class Action Take 2: @stuartdredge: HFA/Rumblefish to handle Facebook’s indie publishers

Music Technology Policy

Facebook is also announcing a partnership with SESAC and HFA/Rumblefish that will cover songwriters signed to independent publishers, with Rumblefish sharing data with Facebook to help it identify and clear works. Or, as the social network’s head of commercial music publishing partnerships Scott Sellwood put it, a deal that will offer indie publishers “the opportunity to participate in a new licensing program with Facebook.

@mekosoff: Silicon Valley’s Tech Gods Are Headed for a Reckoning How Facebook and Google became mercenaries—and now casualties—in the information war. — Artist Rights Watch

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via @mekosoff: Silicon Valley’s Tech Gods Are Headed for a Reckoning How Facebook and Google became mercenaries—and now casualties—in the information war. Facebook Meltdown Facebook Shakedown UncategorizedOthers in Silicon Valley described [and royalty deadbeat] Mark Zuckerberg as out of touch with reality, unaware of the damage his brainchild has done.

Bill O'Reilly Sues Former Politician for $5M Over Facebook Post

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Michael Panter, a former New Jersey politician, wrote on Tuesday about an ex-girlfriend that settled a claim against Bill O'Reilly. read more. THR, Esq. Television Politics THR Online Bill O'Reilly

All the Royalty Deadbeats: Chairman @RepGoodlatte Holds Hearing on Google, Twitter and Facebook Monopolies and Filtering Practices

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today delivered the following statement during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on “ Facebook, Google, and Twitter: Examining the Content Filtering Practices of Social Media Giants.” Despite our invitations, Facebook, Google, and Twitter declined to send witnesses. Just before July Fourth, for example, Facebook automatically blocked a post from a Texas newspaper that it claimed contained hate speech. Thank you Chairman Goodlatte!

BET Wins Legal War Over TV Fan's Facebook Page (Exclusive)

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Florida judge says Facebook ''likes'' aren''t the property of page creators read more. The Business Facebook THR Online THR, Esq. Television BET Tech Business

Facebook Privacy Class Action Suit Could Include Millions of Users

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If you've sent a link through a Facebook message recently, you could be part of a lawsuit against the company. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Is the Facebook movie asking for litigation?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner The forthcoming movie about the founding of Facebook is becoming more intriguing by the second. Tags: Facebook The movie is being written by Aaron Sorkin, produced by Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti for Columbia, and may.

Facebook Deathwatch: Millions Fleeing FB


I predicted the demise of Facebook on This Week in Law with Denise Howell back in January ( show no. But then, as I tweeted in on May 14, based on the feed I saw on my Facebook account, it looked like the demise of Facebook might already be beginning.

Opinion | How to Find Out What Facebook Knew - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” tweeted Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Facebook pushed back in a blog post that denied slow-rolling its response to foreign election interference.

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Facebook’s Misappropriation Problem Selling Artist Names as Keywords

Music Technology Policy

Each of their names are for sale as advertising keywords on Facebook. Although we’ll just look at Facebook today, it’s highly likely that the same is true of Google and other advertising networks that profit from the sale of keywords.). So what does this mean for Facebook? King and Vanna White should all feel included in the discussion as all of their names are available as keywords for sale on Facebook. One way we know is because Facebook says it does.

Must read: @creativefuture: #PlatformResponsibility Starts with Facebook – but All of Silicon Valley Must Step Up — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

In a nutshell, the issue is whether Google, Facebook, and their Silicon Valley peers should take responsibility for the ways their platforms are used to violate our laws and harm society. Google and Facebook] are no different from any other corporation which has the responsibility not to enable breaking the law. This week, on April 10 and 11, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify twice before Congress on the issues facing his company, and Silicon Valley generally.

Humphrey Bogart 'Casablanca' Photo on Facebook Prompts Lawsuit Against Burberry

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The Business Movies Style Tech Business FacebookEriq Gardner The clothing retailer says it has a First Amendment right to tell the history of its brand, and that the use of Bogart's photo is not a commercial exploitation of the actor. read more. THR, Esq.

Will Facebook’s Recent Announcement of Changes to News Feed Affect Legal Immunities for User Content?

New Media and Technology Law

Facebook recently announced that it would make changes to its news feed to prioritize content that users share and discuss and material from “reputable publishers.” These changes are part of what Mark Zuckerberg says is a refocusing of Facebook from “ helping [users] find relevant content to helping [users] have more meaningful social interactions.” Lawyers should keep an eye on what the changes might mean for Facebook from a liability perspective.

Who Owns Facebook? Or is it. The Face Book?


It celebrated this milestone by launching a new application, Facebook Stories. Few people would disagree that Facebook has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Recently, the actual ownership of Facebook has come into question.

Swiss Court Rules Finds "Liking" Facebook Post Can Be Defamatory

Media Law Prof Blog

From Fortune: A Swiss court has found a defendant guilty of defamation because he "liked" anti-semitic Facebook posts aimed at an activist animal rights plaintiff.

Defamation On Facebook

Media Law Prof Blog

Julie Hilden explains why a New York court dismissed a Facebook defamation lawsuit

Winklevoss Twins Drop Facebook Lawsuit

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THR staff Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss say they will accept their 2008 settlement, which was worth $65 million at the time. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Mark Zuckerberg The Social Network

Facebook and Privacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Sinrod on the debate surrounding requests for more privacy on Facebook

Google Goes After Children as Lobbyists: What is to be done?

Music Technology Policy

I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: Google, Facebook and their ilk are not in the media business or the music business– t h ey are in the addiction business. And with this manipulation campaign against children to profit Google and Facebook, these charlatans are starting to reveal themselves for all the world to see. If we are going to permit Google and Facebook to operate their addiction-producing business, do we want to allow them to target children?

Panic on Facebook: Should Facebook Install a “Panic Button” to Report Inappropriate Content?


Facebook has recently come under fire in the United Kingdom for not providing adequate user safety protections, which would help prevent pedophiles from targeting minors online.

Privacy Wars: Netflix, Facebook and the 'Brokeback Mountain Effect'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tags: Facebook Government Litigation Privacy

Facebook's Oculus Hit With $500 Million Jury Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The VR company plans to appeal the verdict, which finds it liable for copyright infringement. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Defamation On Facebook: A Look at a South African Case

Media Law Prof Blog

Anneliese Roos, University of South Africa, Department of Private Law, and Magda Slabbert, University of South Africa, School of Law, have published Defamation on Facebook: Isparta v Richter 2013 6 SA 529 (GP) in volume 17 of the Potchefstroom Electronic

George Soros Reportedly Turns on Google and Facebook

Music Technology Policy

In a curious turnaround, Quartz reports that George Soros in a speech at Davos identified the “monolithic power” of Google and Facebook as threats to democracy as we know it. Here’s the nub of what Quartz reports he said: Facebook and Google effectively control over half of all internet advertising revenue.

Facebook and Free Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times, an article on how Facebook responds to take down requests.or how it doesn't. Discerning the company's policy on what is acceptable to post online isn't always easy, either

Redefining Privacy: The Backlash Against Facebook’s New Privacy Controls


United States Senators, Facebook users, and consumer advocate groups are rallying against recent changes to Facebook’s privacy settings. Under former Facebook policies, users were able to list this information privately.