Google and Amazon Caught Stealing Millions From Musicians!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Chair moistener.
    To avoid properly compensating songwriters, big data purveyors Amazon and Google are claiming they are unable to find contact information for the deserving songwriters, instead opting to file copyright notices in what appears to be a music land grab, says Chris Castle.

    Two vastly wealthy multinational media companies are exploiting a copyright law loophole to sell the world's music without paying royalties to the world’s songwriters on millions–millions–of songs. Why?

    Because Google and Amazon–purveyors of Big Data–claim they "can't" find contact information for song owners in a Google search.

    So these two companies are exploiting songs without paying royalties by filing millions of notices with the Copyright Office at a huge cost in filing fees that only megacorporations can afford–an unprecedented land grab in nature, size and scope.

    That's right–Google and Amazon are falling over themselves to use their market power to stiff songwriters yet again. And as I will show, it is not just obscure songs that are affected. New releases, including one example from Sting, are also targets suggesting significant revenue loss to songwriters.

    I happened to speak to a representative of one of the mass NOI filing companies after a recent panel in Los Angeles who assured me that the reason that his clients were filing these NOIs was not because they did not want to pay royalties but because they were so worried about liability from a "Jeff Price jihad" and that his clients fully intended to pay royalties retroactively once the song owner became known unlike the record companies who are "thieves".

    I believe that he believes that his client believes that they're just trying to avoid being sued for not having the rights, but humor this unbeliever.

    My bet would be that getting that retroactive payment will take the effort worthy of an act of Congress.

    Perhaps literally.
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  2. RotatingProxies

    RotatingProxies Junior Member

    Oct 19, 2016
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    Yikes! Sounds like copyright sites need better SEO :p

    Another reason, for me at least, to stick with Apple Music.
  3. theconscience

    theconscience Regular Member

    May 16, 2014
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    Sting has £200 million and he is not leaving a penny to his kids. Crikey I bet his kids love him.

    I hope they are not fiddling Indie book publisher s either as I have been wondering why this great series I have is not selling
  4. JTrussles

    JTrussles Junior Member

    Aug 3, 2016
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    I don't think it's necessary for Google and Amazon to stiff any artists when they come knocking for their fees. It's actually quite brilliant in the fact that the artists have to come to them in the first place, which most of them probably won't.
    Evil, but brilliant.

    In their defense: can you imagine what a pain in the ass it must be to track down every artist proactively? As long as a paradigm shift takes place and artists know that they simply need to send their details to Google & Amazon for payment, it shouldn't be such a big problem.
  5. Capo Dei Capi

    Capo Dei Capi BANNED BANNED

    Oct 23, 2014
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    AllofMp3 was actually sending royalty checks, and they got in trouble. Yet Google and Amazon are actively seeking to not pay and nothing happens to them.
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