Google’s DMCA takedowns leaving Blogger users high and dry

8 03 2009

Someone must have traduced Ryan S., for without having done anything wrong, he was informed one fine evening that several of his old blog posts had been deleted.

Dealing with aggressive music industry copyright cops is nothing new for music bloggers like Ryan Spaulding, proprietor of Ryan’s Smashing Life, who routinely posts MP3s provided by band publicists for promotional purposes. What is new, as the LA Weekly reported last month, is that Blogger now appears to be pulling posts without advance notice. But even when a poster is finally notified, Ars has learned, Blogger appears to be skirting its own stated policy for dealing with takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, providing such scant information that writers may have little realistic hope of availing themselves of the remedies provided by statute.

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