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.

Google’s Racketeering Challenge

Music Technology Policy

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 Again Opposes Movie Industry in a Copyright Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The MPAA says that Hotfile is like Megaupload, but Google says Hotfile deserves the same legal protections as YouTube. The Business Tech Business Google MPAA YouTube

Google Has a Big Canadian Problem — and It's Getting Desperate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After losing up north, Google takes the battle over a worldwide injunction to an American court. But it's unlikely to be the tech giant's last stop. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Tech Business THR Online International

@GTP_updates Report on “Google Academics, Inc.”

Music Technology Policy

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.

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Judge Doesn't Want Google to Google the Favorite Books and Songs of Potential Jurors

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a big copyright trial, a federal judge confronts a privacy dilemma. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Music Tech Business THR Online

How Google Got Caught Up in a Jimi Hendrix Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tech Music Tech Business GoogleEriq Gardner Here's the strange way the web giant is being accused of ripping off photographs of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane. read more. THR, Esq.

Google Report Highlights How Companies Like NBCUniversal Are Removing Search Links

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Last week, in the name of transparency, Google reported the takedown requests it was getting. Tech Movies Music Tech Business Google NBCUniversalReaction from the entertainment industry is mixed, with some saying it's a positive step and others demand more. read more. THR, Esq.

The MMF’s Google Problem

Music Technology Policy

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.

California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

New Media and Technology Law

In a decision that sets up a potential international comity showdown, a California district court granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the U.S. of a Canadian court order that compelled Google to globally de-list certain search results of a former distributor that had allegedly used its websites to unlawfully sell the defendant Equustek Solutions’s (“Equustek”) intellectual property. Google LLC v.

Hollywood Docket: Google vs. YouTube-Rippers; 'Scare Tactics' Spat; Summer in 'Jersey Shore' Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Television Tech Business Google Kevin Costner MTV SyFy Jersey ShoreA roundup of entertainment law news. read more. THR, Esq.

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Google Drops Lawsuit Against Mississippi Attorney General

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"The Attorney General and Google endeavor to collaborate in addressing the harmful consequences of unlawful and/or dangerous online content," states a court filing.

Google Files Another Motion to Dismiss Viacom's YouTube Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In the ongoing fight over whether YouTube owes Viacom billions of dollars for hosting copyrighted material, Google gets cute with a 1373-page filing.

Film Academy Investigating Google In 'Oscars' Infringement Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Facing a lawsuit for letting users "park" Academy Awards-related domain names, GoDaddy has been fingering Google's role. Oscars 2013 Oscars Google Tech Businessread more. The Business Movies THR, Esq.

Appeals Court Rules Google Book Scanning Project is Fair Use

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit writes the latest chapter in a decade-old fight that attracted the interest of the MPAA and practically every labor guild representing authors in media and entertainment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

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Viacom, Google on Same Copyright Page in Appellate Fight Over Music Licensing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments whether the Justice Department is right to bar BMI from issuing fractional licenses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

New S**t Has Come to Light: Google is Buying Spotify

Music Technology Policy

Remember when Kara Swisher reported (July 21, 2014): Omid Kordestani, who has just temporarily replaced Nikesh Arora as chief business officer of Google, is joining the board of Spotify, according to people with knowledge of the situation. First step towards acquisition by Google.

Google's Injunction Against Mississippi Attorney General Reversed By Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 5th Circuit tears up an order that prohibited Jim Hood from moving forward with an investigation of the web giant for making available pirated goods and content. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Google Responds to Lawsuit Accusing YouTube of Censoring Conservatives

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Facing the claim it is violating the First Amendment, the tech giant says allowing users an option to filter doesn't amount to censorship. read more. THR, Esq. Business Politics Tech Business THR Online

Entertainment Law Update Podcast #63 – Princetagrams, Google takin’ it to the banc, and more.

Gordon P. Firemark

The post Entertainment Law Update Podcast #63 – Princetagrams, Google takin’ it to the banc, and more. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment.

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Google Sued for Suggesting Rupert Murdoch and Other Celebrities Are Jewish

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner French organization says Google search engine's auto-complete is anti-Semitic. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business Jon Hamm Rupert Murdoch International

Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

Music Technology Policy

Google, Spotify, Amazon, iHeart, Pandora—all members of the MIC Coalition price fixing cartel. Recall that Irving Azoff challenged Google by forming Global Music Rights and requiring a separate license for his writers who withdrew from the government-regulated PROs.).

Google Wants the MPAA's "Project Goliath" Documents

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An MPAA spokesperson responds, "Google is not above the law." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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Episode 63 – Princetagrams, Google takin’ it to the banc, and more.

Gordon P. Firemark

The post Episode 63 – Princetagrams, Google takin’ it to the banc, and more. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

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Google Answers Viacom in YouTube Appeal (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Google has filed its brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the closely-watched $1 billion lawsuit brought by Viacom over alleged copyright infringement on YouTube.

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Why Won't Google Comment On a Lawsuit Accusing YouTube of Censoring Conservatives?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

What's driving the tech giant's silence on a claim of violating the First Amendment? read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Google Warns 'Muslims' Ruling Will Create Hollywood Chaos

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to Google, the ruling "opens the door to an extra in even Gone With the Wind contacting Netflix and demanding that it purge every copy of the film from its inventory."

Viacom, Google Face Off in Appeals Court Over YouTube Copyright Issues

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Tech Business BET Google Viacom YouTube The Daily Show with Jon StewartEriq Gardner The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals case will shape the future of the Internet by determining the standard for copyright liability. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

In Piracy Fight, Google Dealt Huge Defeat in Canadian Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Web giant ordered to remove search links to certain pirate sites around the globe. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business THR Online

Google Stuck With Worldwide Injunction in Canadian Legal Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"We have not, to date, accepted that freedom of expression requires the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods," states the opinion. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Darlene Love Sues Google for Using Her Singing Voice in Smartphone Ad

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

She alleges being turned into an "involuntary pitchman for products of dubious quality." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Everywhere You Go, Google is Watching — and Mapping Your Location

Media Law

The post Everywhere You Go, Google is Watching — and Mapping Your Location appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. I was in Chicago this week for the Clio Cloud Conference, where I sat in horrified disbelief as keynote speaker Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, described the extent of government snooping on our digital lives. As we all know, of course, it is not just the government that is tracking us. […].

Law Ratchet Debuts: Like Google Reader for Legal News

Media Law

With Google Reader set to shut down on July 1, many of us have been scrambling to find a substitute way to keep up with news and blogs.

Google, U.S. Publishers Settle Lawsuit Over Book-Scanning

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A seven-year-old copyright battle ends, but Google is still fighting authors over efforts to digitize library books. Google Businessread more. The Business THR, Esq.

What Kate Upton's Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Google Tech THR Weekly Magazine Business Only half of the model-actress and pitcher Justin Verlander''s private photos are removed from indexes as the search engine grapples with legal theories over "selfies," copyright and fair use read more. Kate Upton Culture THR, Esq.

Viacom, Google Settle Long-Running YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television YouTube Google Tech Viacom Business The resolution ends a nearly seven-year-old case that was closely followed in both the entertainment and tech sectors. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

Music Technology Policy

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.

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Academy Denied Google Probe in Oscars Trademark Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Google Tech Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences BusinessThe discovery motion came in a lawsuit over a GoDaddy program allowing people to "park" Academy Awards-related domain names. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

Music Technology Policy

Too bad Google wasn’t buying, that sale would have sailed right through the Justice Department [sic]. Not to mention the fact that when it comes to anything that the Google network touches, which is pretty much everything in human experience, the U.S. As usual, Google is silent.

Appeals Court Orders Fair Use Probe in Google Book-Scanning Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Google Tech Business The Second Circuit vacates a June decision that certified a class of authors pursuing the online giant for scanning millions of books without permission. read more. The Business THR, Esq.