As she sits on some cyber-McCarthyist’s blacklist ready to be regularly targeted, they found an excuse to shut her down again a few days ago (this time because of the Lupe Fiasco ‘Paris, Tokyo’ Remix that was obviously intended for dispersal through the blogs, what fools).
For that and my absence over the last few days I apologise to the loyal legion. I literally had to beg to get the blog back online or atleast visible though my capability to post wasn’t restored until today. It’s not actually WordPress’ fault (respect goes out to the noble WordPress homie who helped me out over the last few days), they’re just heavily pressurised to enforce this bullshit by individuals like Jeremy Banks, The (gung-ho) Head of Anti-Piracy.
Now you’ve already heard my complaints before, so if you want to examine the opposition- how’s this for a fucking world exclusive, suckahs, time to bait them up…
I’m going to highlight or underline any statements, claims or wording I find laughable…
I am contacting you on behalf of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the record companies it represents. The IFPI is a trade association that represents over 1,400 major and independent record companies in the US and internationally who create, manufacture and distribute sound recordings (the “IFPI Represented Companies”).
Under penalty of perjury, we submit that we are authorized to act on behalf of the IFPI Represented Companies in matters involving the infringement of their sound recordings, including enforcing their copyrights and common law rights on the Internet.
We have learned that your WordPress.com service is hosting the above blog pages on your network. The blogs referred to are offering direct links to files containing sound recordings for other users to download, including sound recordings by the artists Oasis, T.I., Daniel Powter, Snow Patrol and Kanye West. The copyright in these sound recordings is owned or exclusively controlled by certain IFPI Represented Companies.
We have a good faith belief that the above-described activity is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
We assert that the information in this notification is accurate, based upon the data available to us.
We are asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this unauthorized activity. Specifically, we request that you remove the infringing links from your system or that you disable access to the infringing links, and that you inform the blog operator(s) of the illegality of his or her conduct.
We also note that under WordPress.com’s Terms of Service, Automattic, Inc. will, in appropriate circumstances, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website (as defined in the WordPress.com Terms of Service) by repeat infringers of copyright.
Our top priority is to prevent the continued availability of the IFPI Represented Companies’ content on the internet. Unauthorized copies of sound recordings that are freely available, especially pre-release recordings, cause substantial damage to the IFPI Represented Companies every hour and day they remain available. In sending a notice in this form, as required by Automattic, Inc., we are seeking to ensure that infringing content is removed from the internet as quickly as possible through your
cooperation. However, please note that we do not admit that we or the IFPI Represented Companies are responsible for detecting infringing material and notifying you of it.
We also do not admit that you are within the protection of the DMCA safe harbors or that prompt removal of links according to this notice is sufficient for you to avoid potential liability under applicable copyright
laws, though it may mitigate your exposure.
You should understand that this letter constitutes notice to you that this site operator(s) may be liable for the infringing activity occurring on your service. In addition, your company may also be liable for any resulting infringement. This notice does not constitute a waiver of any right to recover damages incurred by virtue of any such unauthorized activities, and such rights as well as claims for other relief are expressly reserved.
You may contact me at IFPI, 10 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DD, United Kingdom or email Notices@ifpi.org, to discuss this notice.
We await your response.
Head of Internet Anti-Piracy
These guys are worse than Team America: World Police. How out of synch with the system and even the artist’s own strategies can this waste-organisation possibly be? I’m glad they’re based in London, I think I’m going to have to engage in conflict or atleast go knocking on some glass panels.
Do the rest of you see what I’m dealing with now? Gimmie a few days. I’ve got a fresh Your Mum’s Phat Titz September Edition PART 3 mixtape with 33 tracks just sitting here begging to be whored to the masses. Hol’ tight, I gotchu’.