On Cory Doctorow’s Pluralistic

++ Copyright bots are “slaughtering” classical musicians’ online performances: Big media companies are flagrantly abusing copyright law here — the performers, not the companies, are the copyright holders.

++ The pandemic has been great for the super-rich: America’s billionaires added $434 billion to their fortunes.

America’s 5 richest billionaires – Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison – grew their fortunes by $40B.

Bezos alone made $35B. He is canceling the $2/hour “hazard pay” for Amazon warehouse workers effective Jun 1….

36 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the same period.

++ Take an online course in starting a platform co-op. Write software that serves as a worker-owned, non-exploitive platform to compete with Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, etc.

++ A Dutch mother uses the GDPR to force her mother to take pictures of the grandkids down from the Internet. Sinterklaas is going to be awkward.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner