Music industry pops a cap in Pop Cop music blog, why?

I have to wonder what it is about the industry that feels it has to kill off the fans in any way it can. And I’m not talking about casual music pirates. Today, I’m talking about the people like myself. Who like to talk about the music that they love, and bring music to people’s attention. It’s a passion for us, as well as for those who like jumping around music blogs to find something new or read about something they might be curious in. Fans spread the word out to more could-be fans. That word spreads. The glory of the internet allows so many of us to cover what we want, and that anyone searching around can find it instantly.

So it gets to me that music blog Pop Cop (which I’ve never heard of until today, but bear with me) was shut down after a bunch of rapid B.S. DMCA takedown notices. Nevermind the fact that I think some of the freedoms DMCA gives copyright “owners” are shit. Let’s look at the facts for this blog:

I write about the Scottish music scene. I do this in various ways – updating a news feed on the site called The Goss at least five days a week; writing two lengthy posts each week which contain anything from interviews to topical articles, gig reviews, rants, reader polls, quirky features, festival previews; running the Music Alliance Pact, which on the 15th of every month sees a Scottish song shared on my blog and over 30 other blogs throughout the world; holding an annual Scottish gig photography competition.

Doesn’t sound very dangerous to me. In fact, it sounds exactly like the kind of music blog we need more of! Now, he does admit to having mp3s on the blog, but that they’re mostly from independant Scottish bands. Any songs he received a complaint for would be removed instantly. And then, this happened:

Here’s how screwed up the system is. On March 7, 2008, I published an article about Lee Beattie, who was working in Scottish music PR. She mentioned that she liked the I’m Not There soundtrack so I decided to include two mp3s from it within the post, namely:

Cat Power – Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Karen O and The Million Dollar Bashers – Highway 61 Revisited

Since all mp3 links on my posts become inactive within about three weeks, the links to those two songs had not been ‘live’ since 2008. Yet more than TWO YEARS later, on April 19, 2010, Google sent me three (identical) Blogger DMCA Takedown Notification for this post. I could have filed a counter-claim and argued that the links were long since dead, but instead I took the quick option of deleting all mention of the two songs from the post and republished it that same day.

However, on May 3, 2010, another Blogger DMCA Takedown Notification email arrived about the SAME post. So that’s four ‘violations’ I’ve racked up and there’s not even a single mp3 on it.

Google keeps track of all Blogger DMCA Takedown Notifications they send out and when it reaches their magic number, they shut down your blog. And that’s what has happened to The Pop Cop on May 14. Three years worth of work gone. No right of appeal.

If you’re a music blog fan, do this guy a favor and visit his page I linked to above. Let him know you have his support, as well as email blogger to help get him his page back. We can’t allow ourselves to get nonsensically bullied by DMCA notices for stuff that doesn’t exist. This guy was a huge promotional tool for a ton of bands that have lost his years of support because a company using a quick and dirty tool to carpet-bomb anything that looks like a threat.

Thanks.

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