Yesterday, Blogger, the blogging arm of Google, wiped, without notice, a mounting number of music bloggers whom have had various notices from the DMCA regarding “illegal” music on their site. Bill of I Rock Cleveland has detailed his fight against Google’s actions and fought his case on their support forum.
Back in May of last year, we ourselves received a takedown notice from the DMCA regarding a Little Boots track that her American label’s publicist had sent us to post the January before. GoDaddy, our hosting company, received the initial notice and pulled our site for an agonizing few hours as we scrambled to remove what was once a cleared track from the site. We wrote Little Boot’s manager, her labels, her publicists, everyone we could think of and no one had sent the DMCA after us. Apparently, the DMCA plays by their own mysterious and unscrupulous rules. But Google, as much as we do have an undying love for them, is not without fault for failing to report this problem to the blogs which have called them home for years. We found an interesting post from Nashville Scene regarding the takedowns which links to an LA Weekly article from Feb 5th warning that Google will now be hitting delete on blogs instead of giving them notice. Apparently there was some notice that this new policy would be instated but not to the bloggers themselves.
Music blogs and music lovers have gathered on Twitter to discuss the issue, hashtagging posts #musicblogocide2k10. The Music Slut is about to celebrate its 5th year anniversary, we can’t imagine 5 years of our work being gone in a matter of moments. Those sites gone and attempting to rebuild are:
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted; Living Ears; It’s a Rap-Rogo; Masalacism; I Rock Cleveland