Musicblogocide2010: Google shuts down MP3 blogs without warning

Sites owners claim they have not violated copyright law

Google has shut down a number of popular MP3 blogs without warning, after claiming they violated copyright law.

Hosted on Google‘s Blogger and Blogspot services, the likes of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, I Rock Cleveland, Masala and It’s A Rap were deleted, with owners now left in the dark on what offending material they are posting.

The cull has been dubbed Musicblogocide2010 across the internet, with the phrase currently among the top trends on Twitter.

Google acted after receiving complaints under the US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which created a body to police copyright infringements.

However in the email sent to many of the blogs that have been taken down, the music falling foul of the DMCA has not being identified, meanting the site’s owners can appeal or adjust their conetent.

Google is treating bloggers like big brother,” Guillaume Decouflet co-founder of Masala told The Guardian. “Shoot first, ask questions after.”

Many of the MP3 blogs effected have even claimed that the material they have being posting is in fact legitimate, having being sent music to post directly by record labels and artists.

“I assure you that everything I’ve posted for the past two years, has either been provided by a promotional company, came directly from the record label, or came directly from the artist,” Bill Lipold owner of I Rock Cleveland explained.

“Apparently DMCA operate on their own set of odd rules,” Lipold added. “they even requested that the BLK JKS‘ official blog remove their own song.”

Despite Google making a statement stating that they will remove blogs that have a number of copyright complaints against them, they have not explained why so many blogs were removed in such a short period of time even though it is alledged some of the complaints were several years old.