Google: Stupid, or evil?
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!