We are increasingly vesting our First Amendment rights in the hands of private companies. This, more than anything, is what scares me about Facebook’s new deal with news organizations where it will host stories from The New York Times and others within Facebook itself, rather than linking to NYTimes.com from the Facebook News Feed. We’re going to face some pretty profound questions about how we exercise our rights in that new environment.
I agree with guy’s point even though I like SoundCloud. The issue he brings up is that companies will interpret rights questions and fair use questions in ways that suit their corporate needs. I think this is related to what Dan Gillmor is talking about his piece on Medium on saying goodbye to Google, Apple, etc.