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  • Aryn Kennedy
    Aryn Kennedy

    This is interesting, given that Google was actively involved in copyright infringement when they first launched Google Books. They decided to simply scan all the books in a university library and make them available for free online. One of their arguments was that some of the books were “out of print,” so at least this made them available somewhere. Apparently they didn’t realize that a book being “out of print” has nothing at all to do with its copyright status, and mounted a major defense when authors and publishers showed up demanding payment for books they owned the rights to.

    November 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply
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    Alex Campbell

    Very interesting stat on Swedish piracy since the launch of Spotify. Sami Valkonen’s dead right that the way to beat piracy is by creating legal services that are better than the illegal alternatives; not the strategy the music industry has been pursuing for so long of censorship, inconvenient digital rights management and generally crying about it. Services like Spotify for music and NetFlix for video have the potential to make media piracy redundant. Where Google Play fits into that I’m not sure, but with more than half a billion Android devices activated to date, Google have a nice captive market to try to push the service to.

    November 29, 2012 at 3:13 am Reply
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    Totio Filipov

    Seeing what Google did with their search for Android devices and more specifically the voice recognition, I am inclined to believe that their service has a chance to become as big as iTunes if not bigger.

    January 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply
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