October 7th, 2019
A short summary of the timeline
The Wall Street Journal published Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting its Content with an update on June 16.
The internet freaks out because "Look Google is stealing stuff!"
On Monday June 17 John Gruber at Daring Fireball shares his thoughts
It’s preposterous that Google is denying that they did anything wrong here. They truly were caught red-handed.
Of course Google is wrong because they're Google, they lie, cheat, and steal to try to beat Apple. <-- my summary of Gruber's thesis
On Tuesday June 18 Mike Masnick at Techdirt
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Google, but the fact that its properly licensed lyrics matches someone else's properly licensed lyrics, doesn't seem like one of them.
This is just a freak out because Google is always bad. <-- my summary of Masnick's thesis
Today Mike Masnick at Techdirt shared an update
But a totally misleading and ginned up story that does not accurately portray the situation or the law is not helping anything but the outrage machine.
My question is simple:
Will the outraged people accussing Google of stealing check their outrage now that Microsoft and Amazon are doing the same thing? Especially since they've legally licsensed the lyrics from the labels anyway?
My gut answer is simple:
I highly doubt it.
June 21st, 2019