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SoundCloud Mass Removes Accounts, Music

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It’s not the apocalypse, but it’s pretty close.

According to James Geddes of the Tech Times, SoundCloud “has begun removing material from user accounts, in some cases deleting accounts entirely. This comes in response to increasing pressure from record labels on the service to ink licensing deals for hosting copyrighted content.” The content in question has included everything from DJ mixes that contain unlicensed materials to “bootleg” remixes or remixes of songs

Most notably, accounts like Radar Radio, Dummy and DIY Magazine have all had their accounts suspended on the audio platform, in most cases noting that they had been given either no or inadequate warnings.

The website Dummy  says that when suspended, they couldn’t repost or upload tracks until they settled “three strikes for content” in breach of Sony’s copyright. In a statement, Dummy adds that they “have only ever uploaded music that Sony have sent us to promote, so it seems ridiculous that they would want to shut down our account and prevent us from supporting new music signed to their label in the future.”

In response to all of this, SoundCloud has said that they “can’t comment on specific rightsholders, but we’re happy to host any content on the platform as long as it’s properly authorised. If we’re told that any content has been posted without permission, we need to remove that content in accordance with applicable law.”

Article by Joshua Morales