Record Labels Claimed Copyright to Kim Dotcom’s Own MusicAdded: Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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This is just another article on just another ironic anti-piracy mistake. Recently, music industry group IFPI has asked Mega (founded by Kim Dotcom almost 2 years ago) to take down his own music album Good Times, claiming that it owns copyright to it. Mega was asked to take down Dotcom’s album not once but twice, which is obviously casting doubt over the accuracy of the music industry’s takedown efforts.
Mega is the cloud hosting service founded by Kim Dotcom exactly one year after his previous project, MegaUpload, was seized on piracy grounds. Mega has been growing steadily since its spectacular launch in January 2013. The copyright owners perfectly remembered the controversial reputation of Mega’s predecessor and have been keeping a close eye on the service. 20 months passed, but the number of takedown requests the company received has been insignificant.
This situation wasn’t completely unexpected: among the takedown requests they met erroneous requests to take down the perfectly legitimate music files. The most ironic example is when a few days ago Dotcom’s official album Good Times was removed due to the IFPI’s complaint. Good Times was released by Kim earlier in 2014 and has been shared via Mega ever since. There was a link distributed online which pointed to Mega where people could download it for free, but a few days ago the link magically disappeared.
Mega admitted that music industry group IFPI requested the removal of Good Times in its takedown claim received in early September. The music group, representing major record labels, claimed that the link pointed to copyright content of one of its members and provided a list of several artists, but Kim Dotcom was not one of them. Of course, Dotcom asked his own website to reinstate the album, which it did. Overall, Good Times was unavailable for just one day.
Industry experts, while admitting that a mistake is easily made, point out that this was not the first time that the music industry has tried to remove Dotcom’s music from Mega. It turned out that Mega received a similar request two weeks before the incident. At the time, the request claimed that it was a copyright infringement of some Kimbra’s music.
The Mega’s Chief Compliance Officer doubts in the accuracy of the IFPI’s other takedown requests, saying there was a clear indication that someone at the industry is lazy to check what they claim. As a result, IFPI’s takedown notices in general can’t be trusted.
There are other examples of such kind of mistakes – for instance, before Dotcom’s MegaUpload was shutdown in January 2012, the hosting service received many erroneous takedown notices. Kim Dotcom confirmed that MegaUpload received more than 20% of bogus takedown notices at the time. He explained that MegaUpload took time to analyze big samples of notices and most of them were just automated keyword based requests which affected legitimate files. The reality is that the abuse of the DMCA takedown procedure is so severe that no service provider can rely on it. He even calls for a policy to punish copyright holders who make repeated mistakes.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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