Google Pulls the Plug on Music Blogs

The second knock to the music industry has apparently been going on for some time now, only I just found out about it. Google has taken it upon itself to delete several music blogs hosted by Google’s Blogger and Blogspot services.  The site owners were notified of this only after the sites, and the archives that went with them, had already been wiped out.  The claim, of course, was that the bloggers were violating copyright law by posting MP3s on.their sites. Not all of these are behind the scene, fly-by-night sites, either.  As the Guardian reports, “After the success of blog-buzzy acts such as Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Vampire Weekend, entire PR firms are dedicated to courting armchair DJs and amateur critics.”  One blogger, the owner of I Rock Cleveland, who had the plug pulled on his site told Google, “”I assure you that everything I’ve posted for, let’s say, the past two years, has either been provided by a promotional company, came directly from the record label, or came directly from the artist.”  A friend with experience in the music blogging world said that many sites have since become web sites with offshore servers, but that doesn’t change the fact that Google has been taking it upon itself to determine what is violating copyright and what isn’t.  Google has said, however, that DMCA notices would not result in removing entire blogs anymore – only individual posts.

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