Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality 

A trade group that represents Facebook, Google and Amazon sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Monday that included a roadmap of key policy priorities covering topics like immigration and net neutrality, as well as copyright and patent reform.

The Internet Association, whose members also include Netflix and Uber and other tech companies, congratulated Trump on his victory and said the industry “looks forward to engaging in an open and productive dialogue” about key issues.

Source: Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality | Billboard

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Who Polices the Internet?

The overwhelming majority of notices sent to Google are sent by a small group of copyright owners. The top 10% of senders are responsible for well over 90% of notices, and this group is also responsible for the large increase in notices being sent over the last five years.

Importantly, each notice can contain thousands of requests for individual URLs to be removed. When we look at discrete URLs, we see that the top 0.1% of copyright owners are responsible for most takedown requests. This proportionally tiny group currently requests that Google remove over 76 million URLs per month, compared to approximately 50,000 URLs per month for the bottom 99.9%. These massive numbers are attributable to the use of automated notice sending systems, which are used frequently by higher volume notice senders.

Source: Who Polices the Internet?

Google Attacks EU Plans to Make It YouTube Copyright Cop 

Google attacked a European Union overhaul designed to ensure copyright owners get a fairer share of income, saying the measures would force it to vet text, video and images before they can be shared on its YouTube service.

“This would effectively turn the internet into a place where everything uploaded to the web must be cleared by lawyers before it can find an audience,” the search-engine giant said in a blog post after the European Commission unveiled draft rules that would also allow newspapers to demand payment when services such as Google News run their articles.

Source: Google Attacks EU Plans to Make It YouTube Copyright Cop – Bloomberg

EU proposals could see news publishers paid by Google and Facebook 

News publishers would have stronger rights to demand payment from digital giants such as Google and Facebook in exchange for using their content, under proposed European rules that are designed to shore up the collapsing revenues of traditional media companies.

The measures are part of a series of reforms that the European commission plans to put out to consultation in September. They are designed to strengthen the rights of those who create and invest in original content, from authors and musicians to record labels, broadcasters and publishers.

Source: EU proposals could see news publishers paid by Google and Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

An ethical Google won’t break the internet, leaked EU report finds 

Making Google a good corporate citizen and pay creators fairly won’t break the internet, a leaked impact study on copyright suggests. The 200 page impact assessment (IA), leaked to Statewatch, addresses the thorny issue of content sharing platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

“Some online service providers refuse to negotiate any agreement, which means that despite the availability of copyright protected content on these platforms no revenues are generated for right holders for the use of their content. Refusals of agreements have above all been reported by right holders in the music and images sectors. At the same time, some online service providers have argued that right holders have requested terms that they considered unreasonable for the type of service they provide,” it notes.

It urges the platforms to be more positive about using filters to weed out infringing UGC.

Source: An ethical Google won’t break the internet, leaked EU report finds • The Register

Decent.ch Blockchain Network Qualifies For Massive Adsense Support In Non-Profit Deal with Google 

Decent.ch has announced they have met the criteria and qualified for Google Ad Grants which will allow them a whopping and free 10,000 dollars a month in Google Adsense.

The program is meant to help Nonprofit organizations to become visible, engage the right audience, get more volunteers or donations. Simply said, Google Ad Grants help valuable ideas to become a reality in a today’s fast-moving world.

Source: Decent.ch Blockchain Network Qualifies For Massive Adsense Support In Non-Profit Deal with Google – Blockchain News

Google Partners With LyricFind To Deliver More Lyrics In Search, Administer Rights 

LyricFind_logoGoogle Search and Google Play Music are diving more deeply into song lyrics via a deal with LyricFind. Lyrics as an add-on  have been getting attention lately.  Apple Music is adding them.  Spotify offered lyrics and recently dropped them, but insists their coming back.

Google has  partnered with LyricFind to expand its lyric offerings. Adding lyrics from over 4,000 publishers to Google’s search results and within Google Play Music, LyricFind now provides licensing for lyrics displayed in Google’s search results as well as in the music app.

Source: Google Partners With LyricFind To Deliver More Lyrics In Search, Administer Rights – hypebot