I just discovered that Blogger deleted my Joey+Rory review without notifying me before or after. Since Blogger is now tied into Gmail, there is absolutely no reason for them not to contact me at least after the fact. Especially since their own copyright policy states they would “make a good-faith attempt to contact the owner or
administrator of the affected site or content so that they may make a
The mp3 in the Joey+Rory review was posted with the permission of Sugar Hill Records, so my writing has been unjustly censored. I have emailed my contact at Sugar Hill Records and the label had nothing to do with this. I also emailed Google, but have so far received no response.
It would seem that neither the parties making the complaints nor Google (who now owns Blogger) are bothering to check the actual legal status of the mp3 in question before they delete the posts. I’ve been told that at least one major label has an automated bot that may be the cause, but I don’t think that would affect artists on Sugar Hill Records.
Though I understand that the growing number of illegal blogs must make it difficult for Blogger to review each individual post, it seems detrimental to the copyright cause to automatically punish the innocent along with the guilty. They should at least give advance warning or simply revert the posts to draft so they are no longer viewable to the public in order to prevent these kinds of wrongful deletions.
There is currently a mass exodus underway as music blogs are moving to WordPress.com or their own domains (or shutting down completely) in the wake of Blogger’s attacks. I have begun transferring Muruch to WordPress, but did not do it in time to save the Joey+Rory review. And I have no idea if other reviews have also been deleted.
I have sacrificed a lot of time and traffic to keep Muruch a 100% legal blog. All mp3s hosted on my own server have been uploaded with the permission of the artist, label, manager, or PR rep and are usually removed within two weeks. This required a lot of work and even more patience, but obviously all my effort was for nothing.
It’s been increasingly difficult to obtain permission to post mp3s and this new development will most likely mean even less to download here…at least for a while. I hope that regular readers will stick around for my writing and recommendations, and bear with me while I try to sort this out.
If you care about the blogs you read, complain to Blogger/Google (email@example.com) about what is happening.