Think of the first time you heard someone say, “Google.”
It was only a little over 20 years ago. Then remember what you thought. You learned it was a search engine. You had to learn what makes a search engine. Then you learned to use Google. But you never thought it would become that important. You never thought it would become the linchpin in a trillion-dollar company. You never thought it would be considered by many as the most powerful company in existence. More powerful than countries and their governments. And you certainly never thought it would use that tremendous power for its own predatory ends. But that’s precisely what’s happening.
All that being said, the question then becomes: Why would Google be in a fight with another company for the right to use its computer code without paying? The answer, unfortunately, is that Google is out for blood, and intellectual property is the prey.
Eight years ago, Forbes published a detailed list of instances that Google had thought they had the right to use other parties’ intellectual property, including reprinting books and reshowing video clips on YouTube. Now, Google is at it again.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review the ruling on Google v. Oracle after years of progressing through our court system. The bottom line is that Google used code developed, paid for, and copyrighted by Oracle. Google didn’t even attempt to hide its copyright violation, making no alterations to the code.
The facts would not seem to be in Google’s favor, especially after a federal judge read this to his courtroom from an email drafted by a Google engineer: “What we’ve actually been asked to do by Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin] is to investigate what technical alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome. We’ve been over a bunch of these and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java under the terms we need.”
That would seem to bring the entire matter to a conclusion. Google’s own engineers stated they were incapable of developing a quality product to counter what was available from Oracle, so they should pay for the right to use it.
That apparently did not settle well with the top people at Google, so they decided to turn copyright law on its head and tie up the assets of our court system because they can. They decided to pay expensive attorneys rather than just paying Oracle – a far better alternative for the company than having to ensure its Android operating system remained compatible with Java, a requirement in order to receive the license.
What is Google arguing on their side? First, they tried to suppress the email by saying their attorneys screwed up by handing it over. That did not go over well with the judge. The hub of the Google argument is that they are invoking the “fair use” doctrine. This states that “copying the code was for the betterment of mankind by unifying systems instead of creating a competing system that would confuse people and cause them to choose between the competing systems.”
Unfortunately for Google, the judge did not buy that and limited his ruling to the facts of the case involved and not making it a huge issue, which would be transcendental for all tech companies. It appears that Google believes it is on a messianic mission to improve the world with its technology. It does not like competition, and it is willing to separate other companies from their hard-earned assets to complete their mission.
Common sense will hopefully rule at the Supreme Court and Google will realize they are just like everyone else. They must abide by the copyright and patent laws and not just take things to further feather their already fat wallets.
Bruce Bialosky is a political columnist who founded the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
Twitter Blames Nonexistent White Nationalist Group for ANTIFA’s Role in Fomenting Riots
They are trying to disavow their role in allowing ANTIFA terrorists on their platform.
Social media giant Twitter has resorted to blaming a white nationalist group that no longer exists for fomenting riots that have resulted in death and destruction throughout the country.
One Twitter account, @ANTIFA_US, was lampooning the anti-American terrorist group with various posts mocking their extremist stances. They had written that the terrorist group was planning to “move into the residential areas” and “take what’s ours.”
Twitter, which has been known to harbor hate speech from ANTIFA domestic terrorists for many years, is blaming the defunct Identity Evropa (IE) group for the parody account that has since been removed from the platform. IE was officially disbanded in March 2019.
The American Identity Movement (AIM), a group that was founded to disavow the controversial history of IE, released a statement to address the phony reports running cover for ANTIFA terrorists.
“The unsubstantiated assertion was made without citing any alleged evidence upon which Twitter based such a dubious and inflammatory statement. No effort was made by Twitter to verify its contentions. The issuance of such an unlikely claim without any effort to verify it would be the height of irresponsibility even in normal times,” AIM wrote.
“There appears to be an organized effort by partisan politicians, advocacy journalists, and left-wing activists to shield the rioters who have shaken the nation from coast to coast in recent days by pushing a kooky conspiracy theory that “white supremacists” have infiltrated the rioters and are the “real” source of the arsons and attacks on policemen,” they continued.
“Neither Identity Evropa nor American Identity Movement have advocated, incited, or participated in violence or the fabrication of Antifa Twitter accounts. In addition to moral objections to such behavior, there would be no point in concocting such tweets when social media is replete with Antifa approval, incitement to and participation in such actions,” AIM added.
Journalist Laura Loomer has noted that Twitter has a long history of providing a platform for ANTIFA terrorists and has even called for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to be locked up for aiding and abetting and abetting the terror group:
Congressional candidate and banished journalist Laura Loomer is calling for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to be arrested because of his association with the ANTIFA domestic terrorist group.
“After censoring President Donald Trump’s tweets about violent riots, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey put #BlackLivesMatter as the header on the official Twitter Twitter account,” Loomer wrote in a post on the social media platform Parler.
Loomer noted that Dorsey has allowed his platform to be used by ANTIFA members despite the fact that they have egregiously flouted their terms of service by organizing terrorist violence and targeted harassment campaigns. At the same time, Twitter has punished conservative leaders like Loomer with lifetime bans for merely expressing their own opinions in a non-violent manner.
“Jack Dorsey is aiding and abetting terrorist organizations by allowing for ANTIFA terrorists and Islamic terrorists to have access where they are promoting anarchy and lethal riots,” she wrote.
“In the middle of a national emergency, he is also censoring the commander in chief who is posting about the army and national guard responding to the riots,” she added.
Loomer believes that there is a case for Dorsey to be tried with treason for his actions, and the feds should set their sights on him for enabling some of the worst rioting in U.S. history.
“For this, Jack Dorsey should immediately have his home raided by the feds Roger Stone style and be charged with inciting acts of domestic terrorism in America,” she wrote.
“It’s time for Jack Dorsey to be prosecuted for aiding and abetting terrorists and committing TREASON. #LockHimUp,” she added.
Twitter is desperately trying to cover for ANTIFA’s role in the riots so their association with this terrorist organization is not fully understood by the greater public.
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