Monthly Archives: September 2015

“I Ain’t Gonna Work On Google’s Farm No More” | Creators are Forced Labor* On The Ad-Funded Piracy Fields Of The Advertnet

The Trichordist

Advertising is killing internet. Soon most online advertising will be forced pre-rolls of TV commercials. You finally have a DVR to skip commercials, and soon there will be no way to avoid them. Do you really think this is what what the internet’s founding founders had envisioned? One great big inescapable advertising machine? No, we didn’t think so either.

Creators are now forced labor* on the digital fields of the AdvertNet, where the Borg like overlords of internet advertising have forced us into being unwilling participants on their digital plantations against our will. We have no defense against the advertising funded, illegal exploitation of our labor.

Now we want to be clear, we’re not opposed to advertising in general, the advertising industry overall or the many highly talented creatives who work in advertising. We all love those Superbowl ads, right? And let’s not forget that many a band in recent…

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Guest Post: @JanitaArtist’s #IRespectMusic Interview for Forbes That Forbes Refused to Publish

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” We live in the only democratic country in the world, in fact, where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. For example, when you hear someone say “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” you probably think of Aretha Franklin, right? Well she––just like every other music artist––has never been paid one penny for that song being played on the radio in the U.S., ever. It really is shocking. What’s more, the short list of countries that share the United States’ policy on this issue includes Iran, North Korea, and Rwanda. Also shocking, and definitely a list we don’t want to be on. ” – Janita

Music Technology Policy

Janita

[Editor Charlie sez: Hot on the heels of the Steven Johnson debacle in the New York Times, we find out that our friend Janita was approached by Forbes to do an interview about the #irespectmusic campaign–an offer that was quickly withdrawn once Forbes found out what she had to say.  So naturally…here it is.]

Guest Post by Janita

I have great respect for journalists, and I respect Forbes magazine. As a newly-minted American citizen myself, I’ve gained a deep love and understanding for the inherent––in fact unique––importance reporters have in U.S. society. So, I was excited and honored when told I’d been “confirmed to be the subject of a major Q&A with Forbes.com,” specifically about my involvement in the #IRespectMusic campaign.

I was sent five thought provoking questions from the writer at Forbes, and I answered them as authentically and truthfully as I could. I sent the completed written interview back.

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