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Google: Stupid, or evil?

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Early last year Google killed a bunch of music sites. Some commentators claimed the RIAA was the real culprit and that Google was just following orders. Problem is, Google has a spotty history of DMCA compliance; it appears industry sponsored claims are smartly obeyed, but the bloggers themselves may be a bit of an afterthought.

That's all ancient history, right? Well, no.

Google is launching its own music service, and it just so happens that one of the sites I regularly visit - A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - has been yanked from Blogger with no notice. The proprietor is chronicling his efforts to recover his work on Facebook, but at the moment it looks like Google just disappeared the whole thing. It's possible that there is some isolated copyright issue; given the timing, though, they might also be deleting lots of other music sites at the RIAA's direction. Gotta make the labels happy if the awesome new music service is going to get them all on board, no?

Maybe Google is just unquestioningly going along with what it's told. Maybe it's just doing whatever it takes to cash in on its new business. Whatever the reason, the ancient (in Internet time) wisdom holds: If you aren't paying for it, you are not the customer; you're the product being sold. If your blog matters to you, pay for it. And back it up!

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Submitted by danps on

Unless you're hosting your content on your very own local server - and therefore running the web server, doing OS maintenance, etc. - then you're putting your stuff on someone else's hard drive. If that entity wants to delete files from the hard drive it owns, who can tell them no?

If you're paying for your hosting you might have some recourse, and you certainly can claim to be a customer. But if you're on a free service like Blogger, you aren't a customer - you're the product.

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Submitted by Bryan on

It is a boring, complex legalese document that tells you that you have no rights and the host can do what it wants with your files, because as soon as you post them the content becomes theirs.

When I was on Blogger I backed up to my own computer by the primitive method of using the monthly archive posts and saving them to my own machine. I left and set up my own site when they changed the terms of use for Blogger 2.0 and took away what few rights you were allowed.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

wants to start growing like gangbusters, then all it has to do is offer bloggers rights?

Submitted by lambert on

It's CC, so they can define their rights, but backup would be needed as well. All do-able.