Require Twitter to Disclose The TikTok-Twitter Connection for Your Fans’ Data

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When you are driving your fans to TikTok, think about this:  Twitter is rumored to be in the hunt to acquire TikTok, but Twitter has long been supporting TikTok’s massive data collection and interference capabilities.  In addition to accessing a trove of your user data that you may have thought was private, Twitter has allowed the TikTok app “Make Your Day” to take a variety of actions on your Twitter account.

And these are the ones they tell you about.

Twitter should be required to explain why in the world any app, much less TikTok, needs access to all this data and functionality and what happens to the data once it is collected from your fans in the background.

Another reason why TikTok would be a fit for Twitter is due to the massive copyright infringement on both platforms.

 

Koda.dk Press Release: Google removes all Danish music from YouTube

While the negotiations on a new joint Nordic agreement are in full swing, Google have chosen to leverage their total dominance in the market in the strongest way possible. On the evening of Thursday 30 July, Google announced that they will soon remove all Danish music content on YouTube.

Under the auspices of the Nordic alliance of collecting societies, Polaris, negotiations on a joint Nordic agreement on the use of music on YouTube are currently in full swing. The agreement will replace the local agreements of the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish composers and songwriters’ societies, combining them in a single, joint agreement with Google. In the case of Koda, the national agreement for Denmark expired in April, after which it was temporarily extended – as is standard practice in the industry while negotiating a new agreement.

Now, however, Google have issued a new demand: if the agreement is to be temporarily extended, Koda must agree to reduce the payment provided to composers and songwriters for YouTube’s use of music by almost 70% – despite the fact that YouTube’s use of music has increased significantly since Koda entered into its last agreement with Google.

Of course, Koda cannot accept these terms, and Google have now unilaterally decided that Koda’s members cannot have their content shown on YouTube and that their fans and users on YouTube will be unable to listen to Koda members’ music until a new agreement is in place.

Although the parties involved in the negotiations on the new joint agreement are by no means in concord yet, progress has been made in recent weeks, and Koda is puzzled by the extremely aggressive approach taken by Google in the negotiations this time.

Koda’s media director, Kaare Struve, says:

‘Google have always taken an “our way or the highway” approach, but even for Google, this is a low point. Of course, Google know that they can create enormous frustration among our members by denying them access to YouTube – and among the many Danes who use YouTube every day. We can only suppose that by doing so, YouTube hope to be able to push through an agreement, one where they alone dictate all terms’.

Ever since the first agreement was signed in 2013, the level of payments received from YouTube has been significantly lower than the level of payment agreed to by subscription-based services.

Koda’s CEO, Gorm Arildsen, says:

‘It is no secret that our members have been very dissatisfied with the level of payment received for the use of their music on YouTube for many years now. And it’s no secret that we at Koda have actively advocated putting an end to the tech giants’ free-ride approach and underpayment for artistic content in connection with the EU’s new Copyright Directive. The fact that Google now demands that the payments due from them should be reduced by almost 70% in connection with a temporary contract extension seems quite bizarre’.

Media contact
Head of Communications Eva Hein / eh@koda.dk / (+45) 61893233

@Rahulshrivstv & @kamaljitsandhu: India bans [Another] 47 Chinese apps; over 250 more under [government review] for user privacy violation

[Editor Charlie sez:  The TikTok meltdown continues…]

India has banned 47 apps of Chinese origin in the country, nearly a month after banning 59 Chinese applications. Sources have told India Today TV that the 47 banned Chinese apps were operating as clones of the earlier banned apps. The list of the 47 Chinese applications banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will be released soon.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 47 apps which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 Chinese apps that were banned in June. These 47 banned app clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite, and VFY Lite, news agency ANI reported.

India has also prepared a list of over 250 Chinese apps, including apps linked to Alibaba, that it will examine for any user privacy or national security violations, government sources told India Today TV. The list also includes Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG….

Today’s decision follows after a high-profile ban of 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, as border tensions continued in Ladakh after a violent, fatal face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies. The government said these apps were engaged in activities that were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and defence of India.

Read the post on India Today

Music Creators North America: The Murder of Ethiopian singer-songwriter Hachalu Hundessa Reminds us to Protect the Lives of All Music Creators

Press Release:

PROTECTING THE LIVES OF MUSIC CREATORS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

 July 29, 2020. NEW YORK CITY. The member organizations of Music Creators North America (MCNA), an alliance representing tens of thousands of songwriters and composers across the United States and Canada, wish to express both their grief and their continuing deep concern over the murder last month of celebrated Ethiopian singer-songwriter Hachalu Hundessa. Tragically, hundreds more Ethiopians have been killed or injured in the violent protest events that followed the murder. MCNA appreciates that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has offered condolences, and assurances that a vigorous investigation is ongoing.

Our hope is that this effort will be carried out transparently, providing foreign embassies the opportunity to closely monitor developments.

Through his music, Hundassa was an outspoken critic of the unequal treatment of Ethiopia’s ethnic Oromo minority, of which both he and the Prime Minister were and are members. And like other artists and songwriters before him, including revered Chilean folk singer and composer Victor Jara who was murdered by the Pinochet Junta a half-century ago, there is a distinct possibility that Hundassa was targeted because of his political influence as a musiccreator.

We are optimistic that a thorough, independent investigation will uncover the reasons for this brutal crime, and that constructive suggestions for how bloodshed can be avoided in the future will be acted upon.

Political violence against singers, writers, journalists and other creators is on the rise in general throughout the world. MCNA joins the rest of the global community of music creators in condemning and demanding an immediate end to this viciously, anti-democratic trend, and will be petitioning governments to take immediate action in pursuit of that goal on an international basis.

MCNA also joins with the US National Music Council and the International Music Council in the following statement: “All persons enjoy the right to freedom of artistic expressions and creativity…as well as the right of artists to dissent, to use political, religious and economic symbols as a counter-discourse to dominant powers, and to express their own belief and world vision.”

For further information, contact Charles J. Sanders at 914 588 7231 or csanderslaw@aol.com.

 

Will Senator 230 Reprise His Nicotine Addiction Hearings for Internet Addiction?

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“Senator 230,” as Senator Ron Wyden known in some circles, refers to the very controversial Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that provided, among other things, a safe harbor for human trafficking thanks to Senator Wyden until he was resoundingly defeated on the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act.

Senator 230 authored the original bill back in 1996 before we knew that the Internet would be run by a cabal of criminals and the soulless Silicon Valley privileged class engaged in the biggest income transfer of all time.

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It’s worth realizing how low these people will go when you consider that their entire business is built on behavioral addiction to one degree or another.

Long-time followers of Senator Wyden’s career may remember him from the tobacco hearings when he was the Senator that got Big Tobacco to say that nicotine was not addictive.  This is a good example of how Senator 230 hides in plain sight.  He gets props for standing up for progressive causes in the sunlight, but what happens in the shadows?

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But we can be certain that he will not reprise those hearings to investigate Internet addiction–why?  Because he’s in the pocket of Big Tech.  Aside from the fact that Senator 230 is as close to Google as one is to two, we also know it’s not just Google.  Senator 230 also is beholden to a who’s who of Big Tech all of whom suck down Oregon’s hydroelectric power to run some of their massive data centers.

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We’ve always said that there is a “Pinto memo” out there somewhere at Facebook and Google and that Big Tech is going to get taken down by a Jeffrey Wigand-style whistleblower.  (See Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Co., 119 Cal.App.3d 757 (1981) and the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (1998).)

For example, Buzzfeed reports on a memo written by Facebook senior manager Andrew Bosworth:

“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.

“So we connect more people,” he wrote in another section of the memo. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies.

“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”

The downfall will be over the addiction issue which is, of course, directly tied to the data issue which is tied to the indifference issue.  The amoral indifference to “maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”  And no one has the street cred to hold hearings investigating Internet addiction than Senator 230 himself.

Yes, if Senator Wyden actually cared about treating Internet addiction, you would think he’d be interested in reprising his nicotine addiction hearings for Internet addiction.  Wouldn’t you love to see the FAANGS CEOs getting sworn in?

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