Here They Come...
Last month my podcast was shut down for violating the Gcast 'terms of service' which prohibits the use of copyrighted material... even if that material was ripped from an obscure and long out-of-print vinyl source.
This morning I woke up and found this:
"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 notice that we received from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the record companies it represents... will be posted online... The IFPI is a trade association that represents over 1,400 major and independent record companies in the US and internationally who create, manufacture and distribute sound recordings (the "IFPI Represented Companies").
"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...
"Please note that repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account..."
Sincerely, The Blogger Team
The 'affected URL' in question was a post I wrote about Jerry Wexler and Dusty Springfield when Jerry turned ninety in January of 2007. It's gone. Along with the scratchy 45 version of So Much Love, went the 2500 words or so that made up the post. My words. Did I back them up? No. Lucky for me, though, I reposted most of it as part of a tribute to Jerry when he passed away in August...
This is the second time they've deleted something I wrote without any warning (the first being an O.V. Wright A Side post from 2006). Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. After all, I 'agreed' to the 'terms of service'... right?
This may be the beginning of the end for the whole 'audioblog' concept, I don't know. We'll see.