FOX News v. John McCain, Mitt Romney

February 6, 2008

News: This is a little bit late (happened last year), but I’ve been researching the copyright dispute FOX News had with John McCain and Mitt Romney.

What was the problem?  Well, FOX demanded that McCain and Romney each stop using, in their campaign videos, any footage from their Republican debate sponsored by FOX News.  Both candidates invoked fair use, but FOX said it wasn’t fair use.

Analysis:  I have not read if FOX has changed its view.  It should.  FOX’s argument is downright absurd, a misuse of its copyright.

Google to provide free music downloads in China

February 6, 2008

News:  Wall St. Journal has another excellent article, this one about Google’s ramped-up efforts to overtake the No.1 search engine ( in China (which has 60% of the search market in China).  Baidu’s popularity in China comes from being a home-grown site, plus it allows its users to find unauthorized music files (can’t beat that).

So Google has teamed up with some in the music industry and the Chinese site to provide free music downloads in China. There’s some ad revenue-sharing business plan  hatched up, but it’s not clear exactly what it will entail.

Analysis:  In the past two weeks, a spate of news reports (e.g., disappointing earnings, stock price under 500, panicked reaction to Microsoft’s attempt to buy Yahoo!, slow ad revenue from YouTube) have made Google seem no longer the tech behemoth that it once was.  How quickly perception can change.

Is YouTube a bust for Google on advertising?

February 6, 2008

News: The Wall Street Journal had an excellent article today about how “Social Sites Don’t Deliver Big Ad Gains.” Unfortunately, the entire article is not freely available online. It had a couple paragraphs specifically about YouTube that suggested it was having trouble luring big corporations to advertise on YouTube. The problem is that some corporations may be skittish in advertising alongside videos that are not politically correct or free of controversy. Even CEO of Google Eric Schmidt admitted that things were going slower than expected with the monetization of ads on YouTube.

Analysis: Uh-oh.