The First Rule of Lawfare: Is Google’s Active Measures Campaign on Article 13 a Trial Run for Election Meddling by a US Non-State Actor?

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Google on the Back Foot with the Copyright Directive. Google and Facebook recently suffered a lobbying debacle in Europe over the European Copyright Directive. Once again scrubbing the floor for the House of Google. Google’s Article 13 Lobbying Campaign from Volker Rieck.

Google’s Racketeering Challenge

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According to a recent civil lawsuit, a plaintiff is suing Google for violating the racketeering laws (aka “RICO”). ( Attia et al v. Google et al , Cal. Where no NDA is required, Google has simply copied and criminally stole other inventors’ copyrights… 115.

Google Beats Lawsuit Accusing YouTube of Censoring Conservatives

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Business Politics Tech Business THR Online Google YouTube PoliticsA judge holds that YouTube isn't a "public forum" run by a "state actor." read more. THR, Esq.

Google’s European Campaign Contributions on Article 13

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MTP readers will recall that both the Times of London and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung have confirmed the efforts by Google to influence the vote on copyright reform in the European Union, an investigation we called for on MTP and for which we were mocked by the usual suspects. RITTER.

Google Sued for Allegedly Breaching "Googles" Agreement

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The owner of Googles has something in common with Paul McCartney. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Google’s Self-driven “Carma”

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It’s the height of irony that Google finds itself in court suing Uber over the piracy of documents and creative works it believes should be protected as its intellectual property (IP). If Google’s claims come to bear in court, Levandowski could go to jail.

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

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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.

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Welcome to Skynet: Google Expands the Google Terminator Division

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Looking at passing Google driverless car]. According to the widespread press reports (including the New York Times ), Google is rapidly expanding its Skynet operations with major acquisitions of military grade robots from Boston Dynamics (developed with money from DARPA).

The MMF’s Google Problem

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David Lowery’s recent post on the Trichordist reveals the disclosure by an apparent whistleblower that the Music Managers Forum and to some extent the Feature Artist Coalition have each been taking undisclosed money from Google and Spotify. For which Google sells the ads , of course.

Finally, a Google Whistleblower, Part 1

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But one thing that Enron and Drexel have in common with Google is that they both developed incredibly complex financial instruments. Google calls it Adsense. And just like derivatives trading it is largely off the books and almost entirely in the control of Google one way or another.

@GTP_updates Report on “Google Academics, Inc.”

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Ever wonder why it is that some academics seem to be as close to Google as 1 is to 2? The Google Transparency Project has released a fascinating report and searchable database of papers written by academics funded by Google ( according to the group’s methodology ). Because make no mistake–Google’s multimillion dollar influence peddling campaign on campus is all about influencing regulators and lawmakers. Source: Google Academics, Inc.

Google Facilitates the Sale of the Drug that Killed Prince

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The answer to that is quite straightforward: Just one click away in a Google search or a YouTube video. In fact it is so well known in some law enforcement circles that Google was the subject of a multi-year sting operation by the FBI, IRS, FDA and the U.S.

@GTP_Updates: White House Kept Close Tabs on FTC Google Antitrust Probe — Artist Rights Watch

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Newly-uncovered emails show the White House was closely tracking the outcome of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust probe of Google, with an official contacting Google’s lobbyist shortly before the agency’s decision to settle the case. White House Internet Advisor R. David Edelman.

Google Glass and Creepy Permissionless Innovation

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“Google and the World Brain”

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Of course, there are bound to be occasional howlers in a corpus as extensive as Google’s book search, but these errors are endemic. google books google books settlement

4 Million DMCA Notices Don’t Stop the Google Piracy Machine: How Google Drives Traffic to Pirate Sites Through Google Alerts

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Google news alerts are emails sent to you by Google through the data analysis of its monopoly search engine. Yes, the all seeing Google knows a lot of stuff and they are happy to share it with you so you can share it with others.

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

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Our friend and long-time artist rights advocate Karoline Kramer confirms what we’ve been seeing around the world–Google is trying to turn kids into lobbyists for their corporate interests in lobbying against safe harbor reform in Europe. 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.

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

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On May 12, 2014, Spotify’s director of economics Will Page gave a presentation at the Music Biz Conference in Nashville (hosted by the Google-dominated Music Business Association, formerly known as NARM in a soon to be forgotten day). Google’s Shady History With Apple.

Conservative Video Producer Suing Google Over "Censorship" Pushes for Injunction

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Google urges a judge to throw out a lawsuit over restricted videos on YouTube. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Finally, a Google Whistleblower, Part 2

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This post is a continuation of “ Finally, a Google Whistleblower, Part 1 ” that I recommend you read first and then come back to this one. And as we have seen, Google doesn’t do too well with moral hazard. Google just took the money according to the comment.

@eriqgardner: Google Has a Big Canadian Problem — and It’s Getting Desperate — Artist Rights Watch

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What is significant is that the case dealt with intellectual property and the possibility that Google might have to do more than pay lip service to piracy….If If one didn’t know any better, it would be reasonable to assume that Google has lost its mind.

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

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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”.

Google Meltdown Continues With Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Subpoenas

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One of Google’s worst policy nightmares is that state attorneys general will wake up to their obligation under state laws to protect both consumers and advertisers from Google’s overreach. In June, the European Union issued Google a record $2.7

@hneidig: Yelp accuses Google of violating FTC settlement

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Yelp is accusing Google of violating a 2012 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in which the internet search giant agreed to stop passing off third-party content as its own. Luther Lowe, Yelp’s vice president of public policy, sent a letter to acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen on Monday saying that Google has been scraping images from Yelp to include in search results for certain local businesses.

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@FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch

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What a shock: The EU’s pursuit of Google, along with probes into other U.S. via @FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch.

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Google Fires Head of U.S. Copyright Office — Artist Rights Watch

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In a typically backstabbing lame duck kabuki dance, Google has fired Maria Pallante, the head of the U.S. via Google Fires Head of U.S. Copyright Office.

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Government Capture and Google’s Crony Capitalism Assault on America

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In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been conducting an all out assault on powerful positions in the U.S. Focusing on the political party of the White House misses the point–David Duke could get elected president and Google would still be playing the same game.

The Information’s Expose on Google’s Hostile Work Environment is a Cry for Corporate Reform

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The Information has conducted an extensive review of Google’s apparently hostile work environment and one thing is clear–all the stories we heard about Google’s headman, Eric “Uncle Sugar” Schmidt really have had the predictably corrosive effect.

Google’s Uncertain Trumpet: Why is YouTube still hidden in the search alphabet?

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So, will #Alphabet adopt #Google 's corporate motto, or will they be allowed to be a wee bit evil? You’ve no doubt heard that Google has rearranged the deck chairs to reorganize the company. Now Google is setting about commoditizing all of it. This is Google after all.

@andreworlowski: Google had Obama’s ear on antitrust probe — Artist Rights Watch

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According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House on an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President’s office staying out of competition issues. Google White House Fixer Doogie Howser R.

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’

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Google has predicted 2017 for first commercial availability, while Nissan and Mercedes say it will be 2020. Google’s answer at DMV workshops in March 2014 and May 2013 was, essentially, “trust us” ( video , video , video ). Nevada accepted Google’s “trust us” gambit ( pdf , p.

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Google Seizes on Sony Hacked Docs to Attack MPAA Conspiracy

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Google''s general counsel says the MPAA''s Project Goliath is "deeply concerning" read more. SOPA Google Tech Business Sony Hack THR Online THR, Esq.

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Resistance is Futile: Google Says Don’t Fetishize Royalties

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If I worked for a company like Google that got slammed by Members of Congress for promoting “sex club” apps on Android and YouTube , I’d be a bit careful about using the word “fetish” to describe anything, even metaphorically.

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@davidclowery: Does Google Use Dominance in Search to Steer Traffic to “Unofficial” YouTube Videos? — The Trichordist — Artist Rights Watch

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But it sure seems like Google search (especially in ex-USA markets) seems to return top search results for UGC (User “Generated” Content) videos instead of official videos. via @davidclowery: Does Google Use Dominance in Search to Steer Traffic to “Unofficial” YouTube Videos? —

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Mississippi @AGJimHood Triumphs Over Google

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MTP readers will recall Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s struggle to get answers from Google to Hood’s subpoena of the company regarding their troubling business practices. Google was awarded an injunction by U.S. But was Google simply postponing the inevitable?

Understanding Google’s Advertising Problem

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If you’ve been aghast at the reporting on Google’s advertising problem, it’s important to distinguish which is more shocking–that they did it, that they got caught, or that anyone thought it serious enough to report on. “Why does Rice play Texas?”

Grunt If By Land, VP If By Sea: Google hides from income inequality protestors behind “Google Flotilla”

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In cased you missed it, there has been some pretty massive protests by Occupy Oakland against the “Google buses” These are the buses operated by Google to shuttle its employees from the gentrified atmosphere of San Francisco, Oakland and Emeryville to the Googleplex.

Google Sends in the Shills to Dodge Appearing at @SenRobPortman’s Hearing on Stopping Human Trafficking

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on Tuesday, September 19, 2017–but Google and Facebook won’t be there. As MTP readers will recall, Google has a long history of supporting human trafficking sites like Backpage.com through Google surrogates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Internet Association.

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

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[Editor Charlie sez: We are lectured to endlessly about “transparency” by Google and their fellow travelers. Google is, of course, famously opaque, so whatever they mean by “transparency” they don’t apply the same standard to themselves and never will. Background: In the summer of 2007 PRS For Music, the UK PRO, licensed You Tube, owned by Google, for music use on a per download basis.

More Sony Hack Fallout: Google Fights Mississippi and the MPAA

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Sony Pictures Entertainment MPAA Google Business A secret anti-piracy lobbying campaign codenamed "Project Goliath" is scrutinized read more. The Business Sony Hack THR Online THR, Esq.

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@amassembly Astroturf “Study” a Case Study for How Google Launders Money

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iv) of exactly how Google launders money through real or created nonprofits to produce “studies” that appear to be academic and objective. Google data] forms the basis for our quantitative work. We are grateful for funding support from Google Inc.

Google will always do evil

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"One day in late April or early May, Google removed the phrase "don't be evil" from its code of conduct. Google didn't advertise this change. After nearly two decades of trying to live up to its motto, it looks like Google is ready to face reality. Google will always do evil

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

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Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition: The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually.