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Danny has a good overview and history of the case here, anyone who wants to look more deeply into this issue should read it. You can get lost down the rabbit hole with cases like this, in particular cases involving European law, which suffice to say does not work…

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Danny has a good overview and history of the case here, anyone who wants to look more deeply into this issue should read it. You can get lost down the rabbit hole with cases like this, in particular cases involving European law, which suffice to say does not work like US law. Precedents are less important here, but they can still matter (watch France, for instance). My take is to step back and do some chin stroking and ask some questions out loud. The first one seems obvious….

Q. So is this why Google hasn’t put ads next to Google News anywhere?

A. I think so, but Google has told me that has nothing to do with it. Doing so might tip the scales to potential plaintiffs such as the ones in this case. Including in the US. If Google is making money directly off their content….well. That’s just too much of an FU.

Q. But theoretically, it could?

A. Sure, of course. Does it all day long with all the rest of the content in its search engine, and the precedent of robots.txt is well established, as Danny points out.

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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

I usually don't write about totally off topic stuff here but….Pitchers and catchers report this week. There's light at the end of the long winter tunnel….

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I usually don’t write about totally off topic stuff here but….Pitchers and catchers report this week. There’s light at the end of the long winter tunnel.

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Veoh (re)Launches Today

Veoh, out of beta today, is Eisner's bid to create something for his pals in the entertainment biz to buy so as to combat YouTube/Google, in my very jaded view. On the other hand, it was a strong second tier player before he got involved. And Lost Remote likey….

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Veoh, out of beta today, is Eisner’s bid to create something for his pals in the entertainment biz to buy so as to combat YouTube/Google, in my very jaded view. On the other hand, it was a strong second tier player before he got involved. And Lost Remote likey. More here. PS – when you go to the site, a TV Guide channel thing starts running with typical Hollywood schlock. Ugh.

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News: Google Does Not Win a Legal Battle

Will have more to say on this asap… BRUSSELS — A court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Belgian newspapers that sued Google (GOOG), claiming that the Web search Internet search leader infringed copyright laws and demanded it remove their stories. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company that operates the…

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BRUSSELS — A court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Belgian newspapers that sued Google (GOOG), claiming that the Web search Internet search leader infringed copyright laws and demanded it remove their stories.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company that operates the world’s most-used search engine immediately said it would appeal, claiming its Google News service was “entirely legal.”

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Ad Age on Conversational Marketing

Couldn't have said it better myself. Consumer created advertising is swell, but the much bigger idea here is conversational marketing. Columnist Jonah Bloom even gives me a hat tip toward the end….thanks Jonah!…

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Consumer created advertising is swell, but the much bigger idea here is conversational marketing. Columnist Jonah Bloom even gives me a hat tip toward the end….thanks Jonah!

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The Next Shoe Drops In Google v. Media Cos

From the WSJ (no public link): A group of major media companies has accused Internet giant Google Inc. of benefiting from the sale of pirated movies and providing business support to two Web sites suspected of offering access to illegal film downloads, according to several people familiar with the…

From the WSJ (no public link):

A group of major media companies has accused Internet giant Google Inc. of benefiting from the sale of pirated movies and providing business support to two Web sites suspected of offering access to illegal film downloads, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The allegations are an embarrassment for Google, which assured the companies on Friday it would take measures to prevent a recurrence of the episode.

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YouTube Holy War? Updated

Apparently this fellow made a video showing violent quotes from the Koran, putting the holy book in a bad light. It was a slide show, that's it, no commentary. YouTube banned his account and pulled all his videos. He's an atheist, but not a nut. This is a bad…

Apparently this fellow made a video showing violent quotes from the Koran, putting the holy book in a bad light. It was a slide show, that’s it, no commentary. YouTube banned his account and pulled all his videos. He’s an atheist, but not a nut. This is a bad precedent. His explanation is in the video above. Interesting where I found this – Xooglers, the blog run by ex-Google employees. From that post:

This really bothers me for four reasons. First, to deem quotations from a holy text to be “inappropriate content” is outrageous on its face. Second, Gisburne was given no warning. Third, YouTube didn’t just delete the video in question, they deleted Gisburne’s entire account. And fourth, this makes a mockery of Google’s “don’t be evil” slogan. There can be no possible reason for this action other than caving to intimidation, and sanctimonious cowardice in the face of oppression is a particularly pernicious breed of evil.

This story got Slashdotted as well, here.

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DMarc Founders: $100mm Is Apparently Enough

When Google bought radio advertising play dMarc, there was more than a billion dollars in earnout to be had, if the company hit its targets. There was also $100 million or so in cash. It's hard to say what happened since, but the founders have left, and Google's radio…

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When Google bought radio advertising play dMarc, there was more than a billion dollars in earnout to be had, if the company hit its targets. There was also $100 million or so in cash.

It’s hard to say what happened since, but the founders have left, and Google’s radio plans are discussed in the MediaPost as unproductive so far.

Radio advertising ain’t AdWords, that much is clear. What remains to be seen is whether Google is really committed to this business, and by extension, its dabbling in magazine and newspaper advertising. There’s a lot left to learn, I’m guessing, and the markets themselves are a long way from Google’s way of thinking. That I can say with some authority…

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IBM Research and Multimedia Search: A New Project

Reader JG points me to this release, from IBM Research in Haifa: IBM recently announced the launch of a new EU 6th Framework project for Search on Audio-visual content using Peer-to-peer Information Retrieval (SAPIR) to build a large scale information community that will make multimedia files more accessible. SAPIR…

Reader JG points me to this release, from IBM Research in Haifa:

IBM recently announced the launch of a new EU 6th Framework project for Search on Audio-visual content using Peer-to-peer Information Retrieval (SAPIR) to build a large scale information community that will make multimedia files more accessible.

SAPIR is geared towards finding new ways to analyze, index, and retrieve the tremendous amounts of speech, image, video, and music that are filling our digital universe. The ultimate result will be a peer-to-peer distributed space that can be searched by content or example rather than using the current methods, which are limited to keywords and text-based tags.

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Random Reading

GigaOm: Telcos Target Google in ‘Neutrality’ Fight If you like your wrestling with mud, this is the place to watch. TechCrunch: NBC Piles On Google – YouTube Strategy in Question And…we're surprised? The deals are not going as the majors want them to go. The millions are not in…

GigaOm: Telcos Target Google in ‘Neutrality’ Fight

If you like your wrestling with mud, this is the place to watch.

TechCrunch: NBC Piles On Google – YouTube Strategy in Question

And…we’re surprised?

The deals are not going as the majors want them to go. The millions are not in their bank account, and the honeymoon is over.

Digg: Cingular CEO bragging about Apple “bending” to his lock-in demands

Old, but good. Steve Jobs calls them “orifices”. But we all need an asshole now and then, don’t we Steve?

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