Saturday, December 6, 2008

evil is as evil does



From Wiki:

""Don't be evil" is the informal corporate motto (or slogan) for Google, originally suggested by Google employees Paul Buchheit and Amit Patel at a meeting. Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, said he "wanted something that, once you put it in there, would be hard to take out," adding that the slogan was "also a bit of a jab at a lot of the other companies, especially our competitors, who at the time, in our opinion, were kind of exploiting the users to some extent."

"Don't be evil" is said to recognize that large corporations can often maximize short-term profits with actions that destroy long-term brand image and competitive position. By instilling a Don't Be Evil culture, the corporation establishes a baseline for decision making that can enhance the trust and image of the corporation that outweighs short-term gains from violating the Don't Be Evil principles.

While many companies have ethical codes to govern their conduct, Google made "Don't Be Evil" a central pillar of their identity, and part of their self-proclaimed core values."

From the article "Free Association: Sound of Silence", Wiretap Magazine, Nov. 28th, 2008, by Larisa Mann:


" What About Author's Rights?

Worse yet is the fact that music bloggers' own original material is being deleted. Even if some links in a post are not fair use, two wrongs don't make a right. Google has made its name by promising to do right by its users and the data they host for the public. If they keep deleting our own creative works, why should the public trust them?

Blogger is a private company, but it provides public services similar to those offered by libraries, archives and broadcasting. It's a growing problem in the internet era: These private companies, controlled only by private law, have the ability to run their businesses with little or no respect for the public.

Google recently made a deal with book publishers over access to scanned books for Google Book Search. We have to be vigilant that they don't snub the reading public the way they are currently dissing the listening, writing and remixing public on Blogger.

(Author's Note: Only one blogger agreed to be identified for this column. Others say they are concerned about being further targeted. So much for "Don't Be Evil"!)

Larisa Mann writes about technology, media and law for WireTap, studies Jurisprudence and Social Policy at U.C. Berkeley and djs under the name Ripley. She is a resident DJ at Surya Dub, San Francisco, and collaborates with the Riddim Method blog-DJ-academic crew, Havocsound sound system, and various other cross-fertilizing organisms in the Bay Area and worldwide."

illustration by ib.


WIRETAP MAGAZINE: SOUND OF SILENCE
MORE FROM LARISA MANN @ RIPLEY

8 comments:

Nathan Nothin said...

Well Ib, they got me, too.
One of my file servers deleted my account 'without warning'. I have posted a notice at NSS.
Didn't have everything backed-up so now i have to re-read your previous post about how-to & see if I can protect what's left.

ib said...

There is no way to safeguard against server file deletions, but what is especially harsh is that one's file server can remove files which have prompted a complaint without specifying which file(s) ; is it 'just' the files which were deleted ? Or have you suffered a DMCA activated Blogger Takedown ?

I would sooner remove link(s) upon request - as I have done quite equably on request - than suffer the wholesale removal of a post which includes an original critique and properly credited pictorial illustrations or self-generated images. That smacks of Stalinist Revisionism. And the assumption that individuals are powerless to defend themselves under the same DMCA act without the proper resources to retain legal counsel.

Nathan Nothin said...

No DMCA problems with Blogger yet.

It was simply Fileden deleting my account. Their terms of service state they may delete any account 'without warning'. Therefore I would assume they received a complaint directly & took it upon themselves to simply delete the entire account. That was hundreds of individual tracks without my knowing which were targeted.

I would gladly have removed any tracks or artists voluntarily had I been informed. Now I have much work to re-upload the files or just delete the entire posts. I have decided on a combination of the two.

Unfortunately this entails a great deal of time/effort that I don't really have right now. I was already considering putting an end to NSS, so this just gives me more food for thought.

ib said...

Yeah. I e-mailed my server to enquire which file(s) causes the problem - allegedly they were removed - and have had no reply whatsoever. I suspect the file(s) was/were not removed, and that's what led to the DMCA Takedown of the post in its entirety.

That Fileden would delete your entire account without any prior warning, or notification of intent,beggars belief. Even though they allude to such a possibility in the small print of their terms.

Don't do anything hasty regards NSS. 'They' already have enough ammunition.

Brushback said...

Wow, this is getting worse by the day.

ib said...

This is, indeed, fucking bad. I wonder if it's "three strikes and your out" ?

ripley said...

Hi! thanks for reposting my article. Sorry to hear this is still spreading. I've heard from Blogger that they are trying to make a better policy, but I think we should keep up the pressure on them..

by the way, you spelled my name wrong - it's LARISA, not Lisa

anyway I'm still talking to EFF people, the Stanford Fair Use law clinic, and folks at Google/Blogger - I will report an update if I get one.

ib said...

Larisa: apologies for the misspelling - I've amended it.

Thank you for taking the time to drop by and leave a comment; your article made some excellent observations and was immensely useful in putting my own experiences with Blogger into perspective. Rather than ignore the situation for fear of attracting more unwelcome attention, I too feel that ultimately it is better to confront those issues in an attempt to find a more agreeable resolution.

Unfortunately, one of the key legal observations you raised with issue to the 'Fair Use' policy in the US does not apply here so far as I am aware. That in itself potentially complicates matters still further, although your "two wrongs don't make a right" argument is still very relevant.

I'm glad to hear you are still in dialogue with those parties you mention and I'm eager to see how the situation further unfolds. I look forward to your update and will gladly post on the subject.

Thanks again. I have added your blog, "Ripley" to my 'honorary siblings'links. Cheers!