Facebook has long turned a blind eye to profiting from piracy on its pages. Has the worm finally turned?This past week Facebook reached a milestone when, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg, more than one billion users logged on to the social media site in a single day. Part of that growth has come from video views (4 billion per day) and so this week Facebook also announced it would (finally) tackle the issue of online piracy that has long plagued the site. In recent months Facebook has been facing growing criticism that it has allowed “freebooters” to rip-off (monetized) YouTube videos and repost them on Facebook, thereby cannibalizing profits. Continue reading →
No, actually everything’s not hunky-dory in the creative universeThe creative community has been buzzing this past week in response to the NY Times Sunday Magazine piece by Stephen Johnson, “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.” Not surprisingly, feedback in the Times comments section was decidedly negative. As the week’s progressed we’ve also seen a number of thoughtful responses in commentaries published across the web. Some of the criticism, notably that found in a blog post, The Data Journalism That Wasn’t by the Future of Music Coalition’s Kevin Erickson, took Johnson to task for his questionable analysis: Continue reading →
Ad sponsored piracy run even more amokThis has to be the irony of ironies. According a piece by Lara O’reilly in Business Insider, advertising for Ashley Madison is popping up on the Pirate Bay in searches for the hacked data. At the bottom of the results that list the complete torrent to the stolen files there’s an ad for Ashley Madison’s website. I suppose given all the bad publicity of late, the extra-marital affair website needs to find customers wherever it can eh? Continue reading →
Youtube slaps ads on scam uploads and collects dough from advertisers who look the other way.It’s not news that Google doesn’t take kindly to anything standing in the way of revenue. Its business practices on YouTube are no exception. In order to stuff the mother ship’s coffers, YouTube will monetize just about any crap upload, whether it’s a terrorist recruiting videos or scams linking to pirate websites. When Google monetizes these uploads both it and the uploader make money from the ads. Does anyone care about this dirty income? Continue reading →
The fight against movie piracy is a fight FOR diversityIt’s no secret that Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to diversity and a new report released today by the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School shows just how far. Echoing findings of a similar study issued last winter by UCLA’s Bunche Center, today’s report finds that women, minorities and LGBT characters are not only rare–but often insignificant in Hollywood films. Continue reading →
Protecting private data from online theft is not the same as protecting copyrighted contentUpdate 8/20/15-The hackers have released the hacked data after Ashley Madison’s parent company did not comply with their demand that the site be closed. It appears, once again, Avid Media’s lawyers are misusing the DMCA in order to prevent the hacked (private) data from being widely disseminated. The post below explores why the DCMA is not the solution.
Original story from 7/21/15: In news first reported by investigative journalist/blogger Brian Krebs, hackers broke into a database containing customer data for web hook-up site Ashley Madison and threatened to post it online. Stealing customer or employee private data is always a bad thing, but what makes this particular hack particularly notable is that Ashley Madison’s business is based on promoting and enabling infidelity among couples. The company’s mantra is “Life is short. Have an affair,” and in order for customers to fool around on their mates without repercussions, anonymity is clearly key. I imagine there are more than a few Ashley Madison clients who are sweating big-time right about now.Continue reading →