Without Warning, Google Closes Music Blogs; Years Of Archives Gone


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By Sean Michaels

In what critics are calling “musicblogocide 2010,” Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google’s Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites

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Jim K

What is really needed is for a significant portion of the population to totally boycott GOOGLE and all their advertisers for about at least a week. That would teach them a lesson about acting too ‘Big Brotherly’ – – After a week, it would be apparent that Google isn’t really that necessary, and many might decide to continue the boycott indefinitely – – GET THE WORD OUT – – – BOYCOTT GOOGLE and their ADVERTISERS FOR THE ENTIRE 1ST WEEK OF MARCH


This article from The Music Void is an interesting read about “musicblogocide”. Reaching the conclusion that “Google is making the same mistake the RIAA did, slamming hefty charges on a few fish out of the vast ocean of file-sharers and come across looking like a monster.” and it’s right, this seems to be nothing more than a publicity warning by Google to other doing the same, but without understanding that they will never be able to stop these blog entirely.

Here is a link to the article http://bit.ly/aIbLzi

Ian Betteridge

“basically everybody, wether a musician or not, should consider the dangers of putting their content completely into the hands of a 3rd party”

I thought that it wasn’t “their” content – hence the takedown notices.


Wow… that comes as a bit of shock, especially since I casually read 3 of the mentioned blog. It’s a sad story, but basically everybody, wether a musician or not, should consider the dangers of putting their content completely into the hands of a 3rd party, be it Google or some other hosting service.

It’s convenient, it’s easy – but when stg goes wrong, the user becomes the victim and is pretty likely to discover he’s in a completely powerless spot. Self-hosting takes some effort, but it’s worth it.

Reagan Lynch

All the more reason to stay off blog networks like blogspot or even wordpress.com in some cases and host your own site. The right kind of host will work with you on these issues. Google is just to big to care.

Thorsten Claus

Hm, the big picture got lost here: One big problem in the value chain of Google from ad consumption to ad payer is the difficulty to track shared music – even illegally shared music – if you don’t have a music service or a portfolio company who does that. Music tracking is currently done well in the online world by BigChampagne and by Arbitron in the offline world. Google partner company Lala is now Apple, UK-based last.fm is part of CBS, Omnifone is just too successful without Google, and Spotify is not yet part of Google and its biggest traffic source is Twitter (… though I can just imagine how much Google wants a play in this).

But every value chain element that is strategic for Google should either be commoditized (so Google can play its scale of operations) or dominated by Google. So how can Google become an infomediary in this game? Well, Google does have blogs. How about Google announces an open-source protocol and micro-format that will:
1/ clarify and authenticate an existing license agreement,
2/ notify license holders about activated streams via PubSubHubbub,
3/ allows single instance hosting of the content a la Wave.

Voila. Google can become a subscriber of the media activations, can gather information about listeners + clicks, become a platform for authentication of license deals, become a platform of licenses, and can even match bloggers with license holders…

Staci D. Kramer

@fascinated: MediaGuardian also posts some of our articles under the same agreement.


The real question is who is behind these take downs. I realize that Google/Blogger is enforcing the requests but who is sending the notices? It could be the label (in this case it seems unlikely), music publishers or performing rights organizations. I think someone needs to find that out.


@fascinated We are part of Guardian News and Media Limited and have an agreement where MediaGuardian posts are posted wholesale to our sites when our editors determine they are appropriate.

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