The UnitedMasters, the Latest Tone-deaf Artist Exploitation Scam from Silicon Valley

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You may have heard about the United Masters, the label services company that Google along with the Silicon Valley VC Andreessen-Horowitz is backing. “United Masters” which is designed to “upend record companies,” or so the story goes.

LexisNexis and Lex Machina Launch Silicon Valley Legal Tech Accelerator

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The post LexisNexis and Lex Machina Launch Silicon Valley Legal Tech Accelerator appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Aiming to help give legal tech startups a leg up, LexisNexis today announced the launch of a legal tech accelerator. It will be located in the Menlo Park, Calif., offices of its legal analytics unit, Lex Machina, and will be led by Lex Machina’s CEO Josh Becker. Josh Becker “The accelerator will leverage the vast […].

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Girls of Silicon Valley With Spoiler Alert

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This is a pretty funny spoof of both “Girls” and “Silicon Valley” Spoiler alert–the part at the end where the ensemble encourages you to subscribe so they can get to 10,000 subscribers and get the YouTube studios for free?

@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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Others in Silicon Valley described [and royalty deadbeat] Mark Zuckerberg as out of touch with reality, unaware of the damage his brainchild has done. 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. Artist Rights Watch. Facebook Meltdown Facebook Shakedown Uncategorized

Must Read: @oliviasolon: Ashamed to Work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers

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Silicon Valley has taken over from Wall Street as the political bogeyman of choice , turning tech workers – like it or not – into public ambassadors for the 1% [of the 1%]. “I [Editor Charlie sez: Meet the 1% of the 1%]. When Danny Greg first moved to San Francisco to work at Github in 2012, he used to get high-fives in the street from strangers when he wore his company hoodie.

Silicon Valley Billionaire Has Been Funding Hulk Hogan's Gawker Lawsuits (Report)

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Peter Thiel is the investor behind the lawsuits, according to Forbes. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online Hulk Hogan

Shut Up and Sing: Goldiblox Shows Silicon Valley’s Latest Strategy to Intimidate Songwriters

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As MTP readers will know, part of Silicon Valley’s legal strategy for over a decade has been to twist the defense of “fair use” into an unrecognizable mass that has the same end result as all of the Valley Boys attacks on copyright–artists get nothing and Googlers can buy a $15 million soundproof love palace in Manhattan. ” So it’s important that things go well for the Valley Boys with the fair use hearings before the IP subcommittee.

Silicon Valley “Nonprofits” are Back at the Class Action Trough

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Silicon Valley watchers will immediately look for the “cy pres” award, which is cash money paid out of the class action settlement to certain “nonprofits” approved by the court. The Facebook “Sponsored Stories” class action settlement has been finalized.

Silicon Valley Law Firm Ramps Up Hollywood Presence

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With a portfolio boasting the biggest names in tech -- including Google and Facebook -- Cooley LLP moves south and is looking to hire. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business

WME's Ari Emanuel Calls for Hollywood, Silicon Valley to Come Together Over Piracy

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The superagent is urging Northern and Southern California players to "get in a room with all parties to figure" out the issue of content theft. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business Ari Emanuel Piracy

Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown: Why Content’s Kingdom is Slipping Away

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Gawker Looking Into Lawsuit Against Peter Thiel

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The bankrupt news company wants permission to investigate the Silicon Valley billionaire's motives in funding litigation. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

Hulk Hogan Should Be All for Suing Peter Thiel, Says Gawker Administrator

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A bankruptcy judge is also told that allowing the Silicon Valley billionaire to bid on Gawker assets would "chill bidding." read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Gawker Says Peter Thiel Can't Hide From Legal Claim Possibly Worth "Tens of Millions"

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A bankruptcy judge is urged to authorize an investigation into how the Silicon Valley billionaire schemed to bring down the media company. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

T.J. Miller Claims Cab Driver He Allegedly Assaulted is Trying to Extort Him

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The 'Silicon Valley' star's lawyer says assault claims against him were part of a serial-scammer's plan to make money. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online T.J. Miller

The Pure Unadulterated Stuff: YouTube Turns 5

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How Peter Thiel's 'Revenge Litigation' War Against Gawker Could Backfire Big Time

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It's far from certain that the Silicon Valley billionaire obtains what he desires. Don't call him a genius just yet. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Culture Tech Business THR Online Hulk Hogan

From the Valley to the Ocean

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Silicon Valley powerhouse Cooley LLP sets up shop in Santa Monica. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business

@andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

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After meeting Kanye West, President-elect Trump will meet Google and other Silicon Valley leaders today. We’ve imagined how the conversation might go. RUSHED TRANSCRIPT TRUMP: So. Peter tells me you’re the smartest guys in America. How do you like the furniture?

Thank You Senator @MarkWarner, but Senator @RonWyden is the Perfect Leader in the Fight Against Behavioral Addiction

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Senator Mark Warner has released a (or leaked) a comprehensive plan to combat fake news and foreign manipulation of the American electorate through Silicon Valley. While I appreciate Senator Warner’s effort, the real rock star in taking on Silicon Valley could be Senator Ron Wyden.

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

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It turns out that there is quite the competition between Nebraska and Iowa for Silicon Valley’s data center business, particularly given the rewewable energy profile of each state (wind is 37% of Iowa’s electricity production and about 20% of Nebraska (including hydro).

DOJ Engages Completely Juvenile Argument Against Copyright Office in Defense of Corrupt 100% Licensing Rule — The Trichordist — Artist Rights Watch

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It’s Silicon Valley meets The Paper Chase” but on a “House of Cards” level…. Can’t you hear the pitch for the new DOJ reality show “Decrees of Consent”? “It’s

Fox's Jim Gianopulos Talks SOPA Debacle, Steve Jobs, 3D at USC Law Institute

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The studio chairman spoke about his efforts to bring together Hollywood and Silicon Valley at USC's annual gathering of entertainment lawyers. read more. Jim Gianopulos Movies THR, Esq. Prometheus 20th Century Fox Film

New Legal Tech Accelerator Names First Five Startup Participants

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A new Silicon Valley legal technology accelerator launched by LexisNexis today named five startups selected to be its first participants. As I wrote here in December, LexisNexis launched the accelerator to help give legal tech startups a leg up. It is based in the Menlo Park offices of Lex Machina. The five participants were chosen […]. The post New Legal Tech Accelerator Names First Five Startup Participants appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

The Fine Line or Twitter’s Multi-Million Ruble Pitch to RT

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Who could have tapped into the Silicon Valley big brain to figure out RT buying political ads was. But they did it Silicon Valley style–or rather in too-stupid-for- Silicon Valley -style–with a Powerpoint.

Daniel Kreps: Jack White, Pearl Jam, U2, Trent Reznor Sign DMCA Petition — Artist Rights Watch

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It’s actually a big deal that U2 signed the petition given their connections to Google through the Silicon Valley venture capital networks. Don’t worry, the Department of Justice will protect Google from these cranky artists, democracy is safe. via Daniel Kreps: Jack White, Pearl Jam, U2, Trent Reznor Sign DMCA Petition — Artist Rights Watch

Progressive Candidates Fail Artists: Zephyr Teachout (NY-19) vs Woodstock NY — The Trichordist

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“Progressive” Democratic congressional candidate for Woodstock NY Zephyr Teachout is director of an astroturf organization that takes regressive copyright positions that harm artists and favor major Silicon Valley corporations like Google.

@johntory: What About Über Don’t You Understand? — Artist Rights Watch

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This is the real purpose of Silicon Valley bullying and a good example of the “sharing economy”. Aside from what Über did to the people of Austin–Toronto Mayor John Tory seems to have gotten that message loud and clear.

And Now, Yet Another Startup From Some of the Former QuickLegal Crew

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Now, some of the same people have launched another startup and it is already drawing interest from Silicon Valley investors. Earlier this month, I told you about a new legal startup that has many ties to another legal startup that shut down amid fraud allegations. To recap: In a series of posts here during 2016, I […]. The post And Now, Yet Another Startup From Some of the Former QuickLegal Crew appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General LawTova QuickLegal

@andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

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After meeting Kanye West, President-elect Trump will meet Google and other Silicon Valley leaders today. We’ve imagined how the conversation might go. RUSHED TRANSCRIPT TRUMP: So. Peter tells me you’re the smartest guys in America. How do you like the furniture? PAGE: Very nice Mr President Elect. TRUMP: Where’s the Russian? via @andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

@andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

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After meeting Kanye West, President-elect Trump will meet Google and other Silicon Valley leaders today. We’ve imagined how the conversation might go. RUSHED TRANSCRIPT TRUMP: So. Peter tells me you’re the smartest guys in America. How do you like the furniture? PAGE: Very nice Mr President Elect. TRUMP: Where’s the Russian? via @andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

Venture Capitalists Speak Out Against the PROTECT IP Act

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Jonathan Handel A rift widens between Hollywood and Silicon Valley on the broad legislation, and even prescription drug consumers weigh in against the bill. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business

That Only Took 13 Years: Pirate Bay termed as deceptive site by Google Chrome, blocked by Firefox and Safari as well — Artist Rights Watch

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Let’s all give thanks for nimble Silicon Valley. Now that Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers block the Pirate Bay, who wants to bet that Google, Mozilla and Apple will want a head pat for taking 13 years to do the right thing? Users of torrent site Pirate Bay are reporting that popular internet browsers Google […]. via That Only Took 13 Years: Pirate Bay termed as deceptive site by Google Chrome, blocked by Firefox and Safari as well — Artist Rights Watch

E-Discovery Company Everlaw Announces $8.1 Million Funding Round

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million Series A funding round led by the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The Berkeley, Calif., based e-discovery company Everlaw today announced that it has closed an $8.1 Andreessen Horowitz is known for its investments in a wide-ranging portfolio of successful companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Box, Skype, Slack, Optimizely, and Zenefits. […]. The post E-Discovery Company Everlaw Announces $8.1

LexisNexis VP Steven Errick Discusses Lex Machina Acquisition

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Following up on my posts earlier today (here and here) about the acquisition by LexisNexis of Silicon Valley legal analytics company Lex Machina, I had an opportunity to speak with Steven Errick, vice president and managing director of research services at LexisNexis, who gave me more details about the deal and plans for the future.

Google Employees told to Get the F Out of Oakland

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In case you haven’t seen it, ever since the era of the Dot Bomb Bubble there’s been a “reverse commute” in Silicon Valley. by Chris Castle.

Sleeping Through A Revolution–reclaiming the creative class

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” Taplin gives a clear eyed history of the Silicon Valley unifying ideology that rationalizes events like 350 million take down notices as a product feature of Google search and selling advertising against ISIS videos in YouTubeistan.

@jonathantaplin: Forget AT&T. The Real Monopolies Are Google and Facebook. — Artist Rights Watch

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But if we are going to examine media monopolies, we should look first at Silicon Valley. The proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner has drawn censure from both sides of the political aisle, as well as a Senate hearing that looked into the potential for the combined company to become a monopoly. via @jonathantaplin: Forget AT&T. The Real Monopolies Are Google and Facebook. Artist Rights Watch. In a Goolag State of Mind News from the Goolag This Week in the Goolag

An Answer for Mr. DeSantis: "Registration" and the Reformalization of Copyright Under the Copyright Principles Project, Part 1

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Professor Samuelson teaches at the University of California at Berkeley and also runs the Samuelson Glushko system of academic legal centers (the "Glushko" is Professor Samuelson''s husband, Dr. Robert Glushko, a Santa Clara Valley (aka "Silicon Valley") tycoon and fellow academic). Reblogged from MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY: A question came up regarding copyright registration at the May 16, 2013 House IP Subcommittee hearing featuring Professor Pamela Samuelson.

Must Read Post by @miramulholland on the Significance of the Loss of Professional Creators

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So when Big Tech and the Silicon Valley shilleries take shots at professional musicians and other creators for being “elites”, it’s actually quite comical.