‘In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss reputational apartheid and delusion insurance as we all become blackmailable. In the second half, Max interviews microbiologist, Jason Tetro, author of The Germ Code, about what germs can teach us about the modern economy and about the similarities between Las Vegas and C.Dificile.’ (Keiser Report)
‘Abby Martin speaks with journalist and host of Media Roots Radio, Robbie Martin, going over why Facebook is hiring police officers to aid in surveillance, as well as why more people aren’t outraged about private sector surveillance.’ (Breaking the Set)
‘You may not realize this, but we can see you. Yes, you. The human reading this article. We have analytics that tells us roughly where you are, what site you’ve just arrived from, how long you stay, how far you read, where you hop to next. We’ve got eyeballs on your eyeballs.
Why is it so important that digital news organizations track which articles you’re reading on our websites? The obvious answer is that it teaches us what you’re interested in. The less-obvious, but equally true, answer is that it teaches youwhat you’re interested in.
If we merely asked what you wanted, without measuring what you wanted, you’d just keep lying to us—and to yourself.’
‘[...] Something is different this time. And not only that the assault is different, and worse. The difference is the political environment in which this attack is happening, especially the political environment here in the United States. For those of us who’ve been working on changing US policy in the Middle East for decades, the bad news is in front of us every day: that policy hasn’t changed, and billions of dollars in aid money and uncritical political, diplomatic and military support for Israel remains constant.
But there is some good news. It’s only obvious when you can back up for a moment to look past the daily bad-news reality. The good news is that the discourse has shifted dramatically—in mainstream news coverage, punditry, pop culture and more. It’s much better than ever. They don’t get it right, still, but things are changing. Twelve years ago, during the siege of Yasir Arafat’s compound in Ramallah and the surrounding of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, we didn’t hear many Palestinian voices in the mainstream press. In 2006, during Israel’s attack on Gaza,The New York Times and NPR didn’t send their reporters to the Khan Younis refugee camp or to Gaza City.
But the coverage had already begun to shift during Cast Lead, the three-week Israeli war against Gaza in 2008–09, and we realized then how much the media changes reflected the overall discourse shift. Despite Israeli efforts to exclude the international press, Al Jazeera and other Arabic channels were broadcasting live out of Gaza. The Times had a terrific young stringer, Taghreed el-Khodary, filing hour by hour. Israel probably wouldn’t have allowed her into the Strip, but they couldn’t stop her, she was already there—born and raised in Gaza and living with her family.’
‘[...] Drip is the most tedious outrage ever, right down to the dreary acronym, which is why they’ll get away with shoving it through the Commons. Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are in cahoots with Cameron on this. All three men are, I assume, pretending to have read and understood the bill, which seems unlikely given its dry impenetrability. Siri would fall asleep halfway through. You could swap it with the technical specifications documentation for a Netgear AV 500 Powerline Adapter and no one would notice.
Whenever there’s a state-sanctioned-invasion-of-privacy issue knocking around, a few chirpy types pop up to say: “Hey, I don’t mind if the government wants to spy on me – I’ve got nothing to hide and I’m quite boring really.” That’s your prerogative, but Jesus Christ, how did you get so beaten down, Mr Cog-in-the-Wheel? Mr Pebble-on-the-Beach. Is that really how you see yourself? As a worthless microbe content to be plucked from the stream, examined for a moment and tossed back like an unremarkable, unwanted sprat? An insignificant fluffspeck wafting through the vast aircraft hangar of life, buffeted hither and thither by the nonchalant farts of the powerful?
Yeah, me too. But nonetheless, a close, careful examination of the Drip bill’s various clauses and sub-clauses reveals alarming consequences for the average Joe.’
- Emergency surveillance bill to be fast-tracked despite 49 MPs’ opposition
- UK internet law experts slam DRIP as an expansion of the ‘surveillance state’
- A snoopers’ charter by the backdoor: One day until Drip is forced through
- ISPs ‘blindsided’ by UK.gov’s ‘emergency’ data retention and investigation powers law
- Home Secretary rejects claims surveillance bill contains ‘unprecedented powers’
- Tom Watson: Forcing through the surveillance laws is a further erosion of political trust
- British Politicians In ‘Secret Deal’ To Allow Mass Surveillance Of Public
- Surveillance law wins cross-party support but critics claim stitch-up
- Emergency laws to monitor phones and internet ‘to stop terrorists’
- Rights Group: Blanket surveillance needs to end
‘Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents. NSA analysts masked, or “minimized,” more than 65,000 such references to protect Americans’ privacy, but The Post found nearly 900 additional e-mail addresses, unmasked in the files, that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or U.S.residents. The surveillance files highlight a policy dilemma that has been aired only abstractly in public. There are discoveries of considerable intelligence value in the intercepted messages — and collateral harm to privacy on a scale that the Obama administration has not been willing to address.’
‘At a recent demonstration in Toronto, a biomedical researcher slipped on a wristband and waved it at a laptop, watching as the computer recognized him and unlocked itself. Then he handed the same wristband to his research partner, who put it on and tried the same thing—but this time, the laptop didn’t respond. Their product, the Nymi, knows who you are—and it can prove it. The wrist-worn device works like an electrocardiogram, measuring the electric signals that come from its wearer’s heartbeat and are as unique a signature as fingerprints. The bracelet can then wirelessly vouch for its owner’s identity for any nearby device that might ask.
The obvious application for a device like this is access: opening physical doors and getting beyond digital passwords. But Karl Martin, co-founder of Bionym, the company that makes the Nymi, has his sights on a bigger goal: “persistent identity”—the idea that the Nymi, or something like it, could make the wearer instantly recognizable to wireless devices everywhere, whether at home or at a coffee shop in London. There are plenty of networks and sensors in the world, says Martin, but while they detect the presence of humans, they don’t recognize individual identities. “Our thesis is that it’s missing that personal human element: the user.” That’s a gentle way of saying it’s not just your smart fridge that’s going to become a node on the Internet of Things—it’s you. Your identity and, eventually, the very mechanics of your body, are becoming extensions of the Internet that can be tracked, analyzed and, inevitably, marketed to.’
‘How far would you go to avoid being alone with your thoughts? People vastly prefer passive activities like reading or listening to music over spending just a few minutes by themselves. Being alone with no distractions was so distasteful to two-thirds of men and a quarter of women that they elected to give themselves mild electric shocks rather than sit quietly in a room with nothing but the thoughts in their heads, according to a study from the University of Virginia.
While the ability to mentally detach is unique to humans, it’s not often done, the researchers said. In a hyper-connected world with constant Internet access and entertainment options, U.S. Department of Labor data show 83 percent of Americans don’t spend any part of their day just thinking. The series of 11 experiments detailed in the journal Science show the extent people will go to avoid the experience.’
‘After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling. Articles posted online by the Guardian newspaper were removed earlier this week, but have now returned fully to the search engine. Google has defended its actions, saying that it was a “difficult” process. “We are learning as we go,” Peter Barron, head of communications for Google in Europe, told the BBC.
Speaking to Radio 4′s Today programme, he dismissed claims made on Thursday that the company was simply letting all requests through in an attempt to show its disapproval at the ruling. “Absolutely not,” he said. “We are aiming to deal with it as responsibly as possible. “The European Court of Justice [ECJ] ruling was not something that we welcomed, that we wanted – but it is now the law in Europe and we are obliged to comply with that law.” He said Google had to balance the need for transparency with the need to protect people’s identity.’
‘Google’s removal of listings from European search results via “right to be forgotten” requests has come under fire, with the search company seemingly not following its own rules. Major publications in the United Kingdom have found links to major news stories on their websites being hidden, including one story about the former head of investment bank Merrill Lynch being forced out of his position following massive losses.
The form for requesting removals states that Google will evaluate requests to see if it includes “outdated information” about the individual, as well as whether or not the link in question is in the public’s interest to search for. It gives examples of “financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials” as examples of items that should not be removed from view.
The BBC received an e-mail warning about the 2007 blog post about Merrill Lynch’s Stan O’Neal. It is noted that the article in question only mentions Mr O’Neal, though it is unclear who requested the link’s removal from Google as the e-mail sent to the BBC only mentions the removed URL.’
- Google accused of deliberately misinterpreting court decision to stoke public anger
- Robert Peston: Why has Google cast me into oblivion?
- EU’s right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google
- Google reports record spike in government requests to remove content
- Google reports 71 per cent rise in UK government takedown requests
‘For years people have noticed a funny thing about Facebook’s ubiquitous Like button. It has been sending data to Facebook tracking the sites you visit. Each time details of the tracking were revealed, Facebook promised that it wasn’t using the data for any commercial purposes.
No longer. Facebook [has] announced it will start using its Like button and similar tools to track people across the Internet for advertising purposes.
- Facebook to Use Web Browsing History For Ad Targeting
- Facebook Tracks and Traces Everyone: Like This!
- Facebook keeps tabs on users even after they sign off
- As ‘Like’ Buttons Spread, So Do Facebook’s Tentacles
- They Know What You’re Shopping For
- ‘Like’ Button Follows Web Users
- Facebook is scaring me
- Logging out of Facebook is not enough
‘Facebook and Cornell researchers have denied that the controversial “emotion contagion” experiment was funded by the US Department of Defence (DoD). The social network told the Guardian that the study was entirely self-funded and that Facebook is categorically not a willing participant in the DoD’s Minerva Research Initiative, which funds research into the modelling of dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies.
“While Prof Hancock, like many researchers, has conducted work funded by the federal government during his career, at no time did Professor Hancock or his postdoctoral associate Jamie Guillory request or receive outside funding to support their work on this PNAS paper,” John Carberry, director of media relations at Cornell University where the academic work took place, told the Guardian. “Initial wording in an article and press releases generated by Cornell University that indicated outside funding sources was an unfortunate error missed during the editorial review process.” Several publications alleged that because one of the key academic researchers on the study, Professor Jeffrey Hancock at Cornell, previously had ties with the Minerva Initiative that the Facebook “emotion contagion” work could have been in service of the US military.’
- Nafeez Ahmed: Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown
- Facebook manipulation experiment has connections to DoD “emotional contagion” research
- Journal that published Facebook mood study expresses ‘concern’ at its ethics
- Privacy Group Files Formal Complaint with Feds Over Facebook’s Mood Study
- Facebook research team ‘had free rein to manipulate users’
- Are we using Facebook or is Facebook using us?
‘Russia’s parliament passed a law on Friday to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see an attack on social networks. The law will mean that from 2016, all Internet companies will have to move Russian data onto servers based in Russia or face being blocked from the web. That would likely affect U.S.-based social networks such as Facebook, analysts say.
Coming after new rules requiring blogs attracting more than 3,000 daily visits to register with a communications watchdog and a regulation allowing websites to be shut without a court order, critics say the law is part of a wave of censorship. “The aim of this law is to create … (another) quasi-legal pretext to close Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all other services,” Internet expert and blogger Anton Nossik told Reuters. “The ultimate goal is to shut mouths, enforce censorship in the country and shape a situation where Internet business would not be able to exist and function properly.” Putin, an ex-KGB officer who has called the Internet a “CIA project”, denied he was restricting web freedoms, saying his main concern was protecting children from indecent content.’
‘Was there a cover-up surrounding the Pentagon’s direct funding of Facebook’s notorious mass psychological study in order to conceal the fact that the experiment’s true purpose was part of preparations to manipulate public opinion in times of civil unrest? It now appears as though information indicating that the Department of Defense bankrolled the experiment was scrubbed from an online press release by Cornell University in order to hide the connection.
Here’s what we know for a fact to be true. Facebook’s mass psychological study, which proved that altering a user’s timeline feed was a successful method of causing emotional “contagion” to spread through the social network, was conducted in part by Cornell University’s Jeffrey T. Hancock, who was listed as one of the study’s authors. Hancock is also involved with the Pentagon’s Minerva Initiative, which recently hit the headlines for its role in bankrolling a program which provides “funding to universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world.” However, an even more creepy connection between the Facebook experiment and the Pentagon has emerged after it was revealed that the original press release from Cornell highlighting the study included a passage at the bottom which read, “The study was funded in part by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the Army Research Office.”’
- Facebook faces UK probe over emotion study
- Facebook Emotional Experiment Linked To Pentagon Research On Civil Unrest
- Was the Department of Defense Behind Facebook’s Controversial Manipulation Study?
- Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment
- Why is Facebook Manipulating Your Emotions? (Video)
- Nafeez Ahmed: Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown
- Study: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks
- From 2008: Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest
- Facebook Will Use Your Browsing and Apps History For Ads (Despite Saying It Wouldn’t 3 Years Ago)
- How to Stop Facebook From Using Your Browsing History
- Facebook Is Expanding the Way It Tracks You and Your Data
- Facebook Wants To Eavesdrop On You Using Your Phone’s Microphone
- Study: Facebook Users Who Share Too Much Information More Lonely, Depressed
- As Facebook Buys Oculus, Is A Virtual Reality Social Network In Our Future?
- U.S. Never Really Ended Creepy “Total Information Awareness” Program
- Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over
- Privacy no longer a social norm, says Facebook founder
- Facebook – the CIA conspiracy
- History of the Internet: Three terminals and an ARPA
‘Baby-faced teenagers in army uniforms practice drills in locked dormitories in China, closely supervised by former soldiers, in a bid to inject discipline into lives disrupted by the Internet. Welcome to the world of military-style boot camps designed to wean young people off their addiction to the Internet. There are as many as 250 camps in China alone.
Their methods are more aggressive than clinics elsewhere, such as some in the United States that offer website blocking and monitoring software, and enforce bans on Internet use for addicts among the 75 percent of U.S. adults who are online. As growing numbers of young Chinese turn to the cyber world, spending hours playing games online to escape the competitive pressures generated in a society of 1.3 billion people, worried parents increasingly turn to the boot camps to crush addiction.’
‘Facebook manipulated the emotions of hundreds of thousands of its users, and found that they would pass on happy or sad emotions, it has said. The experiment, for which researchers did not gain specific consent, has provoked criticism from users with privacy and ethical concerns. For one week in 2012, Facebook skewed nearly 700,000 users’ news feeds to either be happier or sadder than normal. The experiment found that after the experiment was over users tended to post positive or negative comments according to the skew that was given to their news feed. The research has provoked distress because of the manipulation involved.
…The research drew criticism from campaigners over the weekend, who said that the research could be used by Facebook to encourage users to post more and by other agencies such as governments to manipulate the feelings of users in certain countries. Even the scientist that edited the study had ethical concerns about its methods, she said. “I think it’s an open question,” Susan Fiske, professor of psychology at Princeton University, told the Atlantic. “It’s ethically okay from the regulations perspective, but ethics are kind of social decisions. There’s not an absolute answer. And so the level of outrage that appears to be happening suggests that maybe it shouldn’t have been done… I’m still thinking about it and I’m a little creeped out too.”‘
‘Google has begun removing search links to content in Europe under the “right to be forgotten” ruling, which obliges it not to point to web pages with “outdated or irrelevant” information about individuals.Searches made on Google’s services in Europe using peoples’ names includes a section at the bottom with the phrase “Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe”, and a link to a page explaining the ruling by the European court of justice (ECJ) in May 2014. However searches made on Google.com, the US-based service, do not include the same warning, because the ECJ ruling only applies within Europe.’
‘Amazon is facing a battle with UK publishers as it seeks to secure more advantageous terms in its latest round of contract negotiations. The web giant wants the right to print books itself if publishers fail to provide adequate stock, and wants publishers to match any pricing deals it offers to other distributers. One mid-sized firm accused Amazon of “bullying,” and warned that the company was destroying the industry. Amazon has not commented on the issue. Trade magazine the Bookseller was first to report that Amazon had introduced a number of new clauses in its recent contract proposals to independent UK publishers.’
- Amazon negotiates with publishers for right to print books on-demand
- France bans Amazon free delivery of discount bookss
- EU to Probe European ‘Tax Havens’ Used by Apple, Amazon and Starbuck
- Amazon UK boycott urged after retailer pays just £4.2m in tax
- Amazon Sales Take a Hit in U.S. States With Online Tax
- Tax-paying alternatives to Amazon
- Boycotting Amazon: A Brief History
- Better World Books
‘Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it’s a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core. With 18 years experience working across the US intelligence community, followed by 20 more years in commercial intelligence and training, Steele’s exemplary career has spanned almost all areas of both the clandestine world. Steele started off as a Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer. After four years on active duty, he joined the CIA for about a decade before co-founding the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, where he was deputy director. Widely recognised as the leader of the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) paradigm, Steele went on to write the handbooks on OSINT for NATO, the US Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. In passing, he personally trained 7,500 officers from over 66 countries.
In 1992, despite opposition from the CIA, he obtained Marine Corps permission to organise a landmark international conference on open source intelligence – the paradigm of deriving information to support policy decisions not through secret activities, but from open public sources available to all. The conference was such a success it brought in over 620 attendees from the intelligence world. But the CIA wasn’t happy, and ensured that Steele was prohibited from running a second conference. The clash prompted him to resign from his position as second-ranking civilian in Marine Corps intelligence, and pursue the open source paradigm elsewhere. He went on to found and head up the Open Source Solutions Network Inc. and later the non-profit Earth Intelligence Network which runs the Public Intelligence Blog.’
- Robert Steele at LIBTECHNYC: The Open Source Everything Manifesto
- The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust by Robert David Steele
- A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility, Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change
- The Crisis of Civilizatiion (Documentary)
- Robert David Steele’s Book Reviews
‘The revelations made by Edward Snowden have irreversibly changed the face of the internet. There are now suspicions at every turn, every site and provider is the subject of questioning, and web users are warier than ever before. The use of encryption to hide the content and nature of online activity is nothing new, but it seems that it is very much on the increase. As reported by TorrentFreak, analysis from Sandvine shows that there has been a global increase in the use of encryption.
The figures have been reached by looking at the levels of SSL traffic over the past year, and these show that in North America, during peak hours, encrypted traffic just about doubled. In Europe the increase is even more marked, jumping fourfold so that it now accounts for over six percent of peak time traffic. Europe appears to have a greater interest in encryption than North America, with the latter’s SSL traffic accounting for 3.8 percent of peak time traffic.’
‘Russia’s government has been flirting with the idea of switching to open source for some time, but often that’s been just another example of waving the threat around to encourage Microsoft to offer more favourable licensing terms for using its software, as has happened frequently in the UK.However, a new move by the Russian authorities might finally see them making the switch:
Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry plans to replace US microchips Intel and AMD, used in government’s computers, with domestically-produced micro processor Baikal in a project worth dozens of millions of dollars, business daily Kommersant reported Thursday.
It’s not hard to guess why Russia wants to shift away from Intel and AMDchips: in the light of Snowden’s revelations, there has to be a strong presumption that most of the advanced technology exported from the US has backdoors that allow the NSA to spy on users around the world. Hardware is especially problematic, since it can’t simply be hacked to remove the dodgy bits.’
‘New documents from Edward Snowden published in the United States show how Britain’s GCHQ has been involved in developing spyware that can take over an individual computer or mobile phone and spy on its owner. While separate revelations from Vodafone last week that spooks and police have an active “listening pipe” into its communications were chilling, papers from the US National Security Agency reveal how Britain’s eavesdroppers have moved on from intercepting outbound communications to actively developing “implants” – pieces of malware which infect a targeted computer or phone and take anything from it the spying services want.
These implants then “own” the target’s hardware and can read email, turn on a computer’s microphone as a transportable bug or the webcam to take photos, as well as download huge amounts of data. For the individual who is targeted, it is like having a live bugging operation about their person or in their home. Such widespread snooping could be done on millions of computers, according to the NSA, which describes it as “aggressive”. The implants infect a computer without the user’s knowledge via spam email or by redirecting the user’s browser to a fake Facebook server. The NSA documents revealed by Snowden show that GCHQ, via its listening station at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, took the lead in ensuring that anyone who had visited Yahoo or Hotmail could be infected with an implant. The potential for such all-encompassing snooping prompted GCHQ to remark in a document dated April 2013 that its involvement in such practices “may be in jeopardy due to British legal/policy restrictions”.’
‘Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The classified files, revealed today by the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information in a reporting collaboration with The Intercept, shed light on how the NSA’s surveillance of global communications has expanded under a clandestine program, known as RAMPART-A, that depends on the participation of a growing network of intelligence agencies.
It has already been widely reported that the NSA works closely with eavesdropping agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the so-called Five Eyes surveillance alliance. But the latest Snowden documents show that a number of other countries, described by the NSA as “third-party partners,” are playing an increasingly important role – by secretly allowing the NSA to install surveillance equipment on their fiber-optic cables. The NSA documents state that under RAMPART-A, foreign partners “provide access to cables and host U.S. equipment.” This allows the agency to covertly tap into “congestion points around the world” where it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype.’
‘Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999.
These results are from a Gallup poll conducted June 5-8.The three major sources of news ranked in the bottom third of 17 different U.S. institutions measured in the poll. Confidence in newspapers has declined by more than half since its 1979 peak of 51%, while TV news has seen confidence ebb from its high of 46% in 1993, the first year that Gallup asked this question. Gallup’s only previous measure of Internet news was in 1999, when confidence was 21%, little different from today.’
‘The true extent of the government’s interception of Google, Facebook and Twitter – including private messages between British citizens – has been officially confirmed for the first time. The government’s most senior security official, Charles Farr, detailed how searches on Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as emails to or from non-British citizens abroad, can be monitored by the security services because they are deemed to be “external communications”.
It is the first time that the government has admitted that UK citizens, talking via supposedly private channels in social media such as Twitter direct messages, are deemed by the British government to be legitimate legal targets that do not require a warrant before intercepting. The 48-page detailed defence of mass monitoring by Farr, who is director general of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, develops a legal interpretation that critics say sidesteps the need for traditional intercept safeguards. The document, released on Tuesday, provoked calls for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to be overhauled urgently, as well as allegations that the government was exploiting loopholes in the legislation of which parliament was unaware.’
‘Just as Amazon has proven that there are consequences for publishers and movies that displease them, Google’s YouTube is about to throw its considerable weight at the emaciated and ailing music industry. YouTube is preparing to remove music videos from independent record labels that refused to join the video site’s new music service. While 90 percent of the music industry got on board with the service, videos from that pesky last 10 percent—which includes heavyweight indies like Domino Recordings and XL Recordings—will start being blocked in “a matter of days,” YouTube’s head of content and business operations, Robert Kyncl, told the Financial Times.
From the minute they saw the terms and conditions of YouTube’s new music service, some artists and their labels knew they didn’t like it, particularly the part where YouTube told the labels to either sign up for the new subscription service or have their videos kicked off of the site. In response, Billy Bragg, the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), and European indie association IMPALA, vowed to ask the European Commission (Domino and XL are European labels) to step in and fight YouTube.’