Google’s Fallacious Piracy Self-Study (Part 1)

So OK, let’s follow the money. All the way home.

MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY

[The White Queen] “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Google has released a self-study (How Google Fights Piracy).  While hope springs eternal, the self-study falls quite short of both truth and reality.  Let’s see why.

The Context

Even if you discount the moral hazard involved with funding a study of yourself, the Google survey of Google’s involvement with piracy is a breathtaking document.  I would suggest that the self-study rests on a number of core principles for Google’s business:

1.  Nothing to See Here, Move Along:  First and foremost is Google’s deep and abiding desire to deflect criticism in the press, avoid civil lawsuits and settle criminal investigations.  It has both succeeded and failed at all three.  The fact that a company tries to avoid these things is not special; the degree to which…

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