Incidents of Piracy Have Dropped in 2007

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  1. Christina says:

    Well, he mentions Google, but he doesn’t atclauly say that Google pays. Rather, he uses Google as an example of a large company who *might* pay big bucks. The only annual Google company events were the ski trips (later Disneyland) and holiday party, neither of which had a speaker or even a big name band/singer. The ski trip did have a really good 80s cover band though, which I’m sure was paid, but at whatever the going rate for that level of band would be. Similarly, the holiday party would have various entertainers, but local-level, not big name. A number of large companies do bring in big name speakers and entertainers for such, but Google didn’t.On the other hand, in the list of big fee speakers shown right above that quote in the article, I know of four who’ve spoken at Google sans fee, and one who’s stopped by at least twice but I don’t believe has formally spoken (Bill Clinton, although Hillary Clinton has spoken).Also, note that I wrote that A@G was responsible for pretty much all non-technical speakers at Google. That included speakers brought in by Women@Google and various other groups (I recently attended a talk by an astronaut co- sponsored by Google’s Hispanic Employees group [I forget their name], which at least used to mean that the other group did the invitation and A@G then did the organizational work for the talk, making use of the built-up infrastructure for such.] [I got the right to attend all external speaker talks at Google until the end of time on my way out due to my A@G service]), what was termed Candidates@Google (pretty much all major Presidential candidates in the last campaign), and others. So not just authors.I’d guess the person paid a big fee for a commission would be Scott McCloud, who did a 16 or so page comic for the Google Chrome launch. I honestly wouldn’t see that as different from any general work for hire or contracting assignment. Knowing the folk who commissioned that, I’m pretty sure they just thought it’d be a cool and interesting way of conveying information about the new product and thought Scott would do a good job, in particular because he’s well-educated about the Web, not because it’d influence him to be pro-Google. Also, Scott had previously given a non-paid talk at Google during his 50-state tour.It is possible Google pays for speakers at non-internal events. They did once have a booth at the Vegas Trek convention and were a sponsor of it as some level, and provided free Wi-Fi in the Convention Center a year or two ago at Comic-Con, and they certainly have a presence at various technical conferences and conventions.There’s certainly Google lobbyists and the like. Btw, for what it’s worth, I’m in agreement with you vis a vis piracy.

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