GOOGLE has done a 'Muscles'. Kinda.
If you're aware of music blog Palm Out Sounds, you'd know that each Sunday they post a 'Remix Sunday'.
It's mostly a giant LOL, generally posting a weekly collection of bedroom remixes. Having said that, it's a blog that I always find myself returning to.
Last week they posted this.
Similarly to the Muscles post, I can't be bothered paraphrasing. Please enjoy the post in it's entirety below.
Oh and here is a picture of Muscles to break up the whole too-many-words-in-a-post thang. (HAPPY NEHA?)
A Brief Word About Remix Sunday
For all of you who are wondering what has happened with Remix Sunday, let me offer a brief explanation:
Google, the IFPI & the RIAA have begun a campaign against all the music blogs hosted on blogger.com - especially high profile blogs, like Palms Out.
This first started a couple of months ago, but only hit Palms Out about a month ago.
Without warning, Google removed three old posts from the blog, and offered no explanation. They then followed by removing Remix Sunday 131, and 132- and offered a brief explanation. Keep in mind, there is no actual copyrighted content uploaded by Palms Out that is hosted on any of Google's servers, only hyperlinks.
Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog infringes upon the copyrights of others. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.
The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. We are in the process of removing from our servers the links that allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. See http://www.educause.edu/Browse/645?PARENT_ID=254 for more information about the DMCA, and see http://www.google.com/dmca.html for the process that Blogger requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.
Blogger can reinstate these posts upon receipt of a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and 3) of the DMCA.
We are in the process of file counter claims because we get permission to post the music on Palms Out, and we don't believe we have done anything wrong, but unfortunately, Google is not playing by the rules. They only offer us the URL of the removed blog posts, they don't tell us which link is causing the problem. This means that we cannot reference any content in our counterclaims.
Our only solution is to move the whole site to our own server. But we are all busy people, and there are many hurdles. Asit stand right now, we are about 75% ready with a new site hosted at http://palmsout.com, but we are having a major problem importing all the past content.
Please bear with us, we are not dying, we are not over. We are only just getting started.
if any of you are wordpress experts and would like to lend a hand - please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh and a word to Google: whatever happened to your slogan "Don't Be Evil"? Why would you succumb to the disgusting tactics of the IFPI/RIAA? Especially when you have no legal obligation to remove a hyperlink? Any employees are more than welcome to offer an answer, no one has responded to our inquiries yet.
And for anyone else who is pissed off about this, complain! Write google emails, letters, write blog posts about this, do whatever you can to draw attention to this, and maybe we can reverse this process.
Love, Palms Out.
For me, this means that I can't conveniently go to one site for a weeks worth of not-that-good remixes. BUT I'm pretty PRETTY confident that within the crazy world of the internet, some other blog will start getting more recognition for doing the same thing. The whole collection-of-mp3-posts concept, is not a world first.
For the people behind Palm Out Sounds, they'll probably lose hits. And they sell advertising on their site, so that can't be a good thing. But then is that to say that they are making money off other people's work?
Yeah, probably like 10 cents more than the bedroom DJ who added a baltimore club beat to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Again, I don't know where to stand or if I could be bothered to stand anywhere. If your blog is renowned for posting mp3s, and you're getting heaps of hits - possible making a profit from it, some corporate entity WILL eventually get you. IF THEY COULD BE BOTHERED.
Hype Machine still exists, right? And so do millions of other blogs that do EXACTLY the same thing as the Remix Sunday posts.