Mellencamp Is Right, Brand-Supported Piracy Screws Songwriters AGAIN: Snakes in the Grass, @McDonalds, Google and Other Species of Vermin

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John Mellencamp summed it up nicely in his recent post : [O]n top of everything, [piracy sites are] collecting advertising money from Madison Avenue. The Mad Mad World of Ad Supported Piracy: The Unhappy Meal Served Up to Artists by McDonald’s, Macy’s, Google and Levi’s.

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What the FTC Should Know About Brand Sponsored Piracy and Google’s “Pinto Problem”

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The Los Angeles Times published yesterday a story about the USC-Annenberg Innovation Lab first monthly report on brand sponsored piracy–the purchase by major brands of advertising inventory located on pirate websites. artist rights brand sponsored piracy Jonathan Taplin USC Annenberg

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A New Meaning for Real Time Bidding: An artist’s guide to how the brands and ad agencies are in on advertising supported piracy

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Imagine video on whatever screen supported by ads delivered with this technology…” Right. This is why the screen shots are so important–when provided a screen capture of their ad on a pirate network, the brand cannot deny knowledge.

Way Past the Creepy Line: The Infringement for Profit DMCA License Meets the War on Terror

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” And you’ll notice from the screen capture above, one of those “reputable companies” is Google itself. The Daily Mail has a fascinating article today “ Google Cashes in on Hate Videos: Ads for Reputable Companies Featured Alongside Terror Videos.”


Chiat Day’s Confusing Messaging in Times Square Continues

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So…another day brings more confusion in the world of “PIRACY IS PROGRESS” or “ARTISTS VS. ARTISTS” or whatever this thing is titled. But–take a look at this screen capture from the news section of Little Black Book (which is where all this started).

A New Twist on Artist Consent Provisions: Protect Your Right to Say No to @mcdonalds ads on pirate sites

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As you can see from the screen captures on these lyric sites (and the same is true for many other pirate sites), advertisers are connecting their brands to the artist’s name and the title of the song the artist recorded and probably wrote or co-wrote.

There they go again: Google’s Hollow Promise to Edit Autocomplete

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Remember when Google’s general counsel told the House IP subcommittee that Google had voluntarily agreed to remove piracy search terms from “Autocomplete” and that all Autocomplete does is provide answers that a lot of users are looking for in some kind of ranking? Here’s the Google pledge: “We will prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete.