Two days before the vote, UK Music CEO Michael Dugher launched a scathing attack, describing Google as a “corporate vulture feeding off the creators and investors” while claiming the search giant had pumped €31 million into lobbying against the legislation.
“These new figures expose the fact that Google is acting like a monolithic mega-corp trying to submerge the truth under a tsunami of misinformation and scare stories pedaled by its multi-million propaganda machine,” Dugher said.
that is funny. Coming from a CEO of a multi billion dollar music industry.
I’m sure the music industry corporations, the sweet little angels they are, they never lobbied, despite the site explaining how hard they lobbied for Article 13 to pass. Hmm. I Wonder what that phrasing means?
Guys. This is the music label corporations declaring, The Music industry did nuffin wrong.
We’re evil and manipulated by the Evil of Google, for looking out for their interest and our own and sending our concerns in message form, despite how much this threatened our freedom online, so we or the sites we frequent, small and big, would not be taxed for every links we use of every single website under the sun.
there are so many things wrong with taxing people for linking to things that it is unbelievable, how someone wanted this to be a thing. Don’t give them a fucking inch, is what I say, because I am frankly sick of the bullshit we have to pay money for.
though on more serious notes, I do find it funny that they’re so easy to incriminate Google for using its platform to critique the article, as an unfair advantage. Maybe they can elaborate on how that is so? Just because Google is dominant, doesn’t mean it became dominant through unscrupulous means and this is a smoking bomb, because this isn’t anti-competitive either. Again, how exactly does that work? you need them to bury down other Search engines in order for that to be so, you can’t just declare it’s anti-competitive, they’re not trying to become competitive with the Music industry, they’re critiquing it, same as us.
If they want (free) money from people and to be offered an unreasonable advantage in the market over other providers, they need to give us better reasons to pay them money and adapt, not make the world adapt around their wants.
Google became dominant from constant people’s use of Google’s search engine, that is exactly the way of the capitalist system, they didn’t try to manipulate the system, in fact what they did is exactly to prevent the system from being changed into being manipulated the other behemoths of the industries of mass media.