Soundcloud annoints Universal "Lord High Executioner" for music


Steven Boyett writes, "Universal now has direct access to flag Soundcloud accounts for removal when it believes an uploaded file infringes copyright, with no intervention by Soundcloud. Universal doesn't even inform Soundcloud part of the upload was believed to be infringing; they simply have carte blanche removal authority."

What's more, Universal gets to pick and choose which infringers they censor, which means that indie radio DJs who upload their sets get kicked off Soundcloud altogether (for violating the company's "three strikes" rule), while BBC radio shows that are equally infringing are left untouched, because Universal doesn't want to upset a major partner.

The most interesting move, though, is one that nobody is really speaking on–and it’s the most frightening. SoundCloud seems to have given Universal the keys to the car within the last month, and is allowing the media giant full access to flag accounts’ records without any communication whatsoever with SoundCloud. We’ve seen an insane wave of song removals, copyright notifications, and account terminations on behalf of SoundCloud in the past month, but seeing that majors now have back end access to systematically scrape all of their content without having to answer to anyone is crazy.

Soundcloud Boldly Releases New App, Allows Universal to Flag Your Account, and Quietly Announces Data Mining, All in One Month [Nappy/Do Androids Dance]

(Thanks, Steven!)

(Image: Execution of Beatrice Cenci, public domain, LoC/Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. That's it, I'm getting out of Soundcloud, its not even THAT great either, its just convenient.
    Time to start looking at alternatives.

  2. Time to start looking at alternatives.

    I think this would be a good thread to name them. Please post some here if/when you find them.

  3. If it's fully original, Archive.org will take all you can upload.
    I've not put my mashups there, so still looking for a home for those.

  4. with all of those white hoods i thought it was a tea party rally.

  5. It depends very much on what sort of files you want to host, and what your purposes are. If you're a DJ who wants to host mixes, I recommend Mixcloud or Mixcrate. If you're podcasting, I recommend Libsyn or Podomatic. If you make mashups ... well, I dunno.

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