Category: Tech

Counterpoints to Steven Johnson’s NY Times Magazine piece — “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t”

No, actually everything’s not hunky-dory in the creative universe

The 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:

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Google lives on tech’s cutting edge–but in DMCA takedown Luddite-land

Google could learn a thing or two from VIMEO about how to run an efficient DMCA takedown system

Love it or hate it, for now the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)  is the law of the land when it comes to safeguarding creative content online.  The law, passed nearly 20 years ago, is woefully outdated, but for now, it’s the only tool creators have to protect their work from online thieves.  Unfortunately, not every company in the business of “user generated content” approaches DMCA compliance the same way.

Google, a company that makes billions each year in ad revenues generated via trafficking in dubious content, has set up a takedown system that ensures the sending of a DMCA takedown notice is an onerous and inefficient task.  After all, the harder Google makes it, the more discouraged creators will become, and the more money continues to flow into its coffers…

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This week in Google (not good) news

Googleiath made headlines this past week, and not in a good way.

 Let’s take a look.

1. Does Google Manipulate Search Results?

Tim Wu, the legal scholar credited with coining the oft used term “net neutrality” was hired by Yelp to conduct research into Google’s search algorithm. Wu, along with Harvard Business School professor Michael Luca and researchers at Yelp, examined whether Google gives consumers the best results.  The results don’t look good. Per Recode.net:

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Google free speech cries slapped down by Canadian appeals court

Google’s global reach has global implications when it comes to the law

In a case that could have broad implications moving forward, a Canadian appeals court handed Google a rare legal setback when it upheld a worldwide injunction ordering the search giant to remove results linked to counterfeit hardware.  The ruling was an affirmation of a lower court ruling that mandated Google remove certain search results (linking to illegal products) on a  worldwide basis.

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Transparency is a good thing, unless it’s not

The Florida legislature recently passed the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act.”  The bill now sits on the desk of Governor Scott, awaiting his signature or, if tech interests have their way-the veto pen. The proposed law would require any website operator selling digital downloads provide contact information (name and address) in order to do business. A person who owns or operates a website or online service dealing in substantial part in the electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works, directly or indirectly, and who electronically disseminates such works to consumers in this state shall clearly and conspicuously disclose...

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