Google ate my music blog

A number of popular music blogs have had their portals, including years of archives in some cases, summarily deleted by Internet hegemony Google.

The music discussion sites hosted on Google's Blogger service, some of which are supported by the music industry, had their content deleted as a result of DCMA takedown notices being sent to Google without any form of evidence.

Most of the sites do, indeed, violate copyright laws but that's not the argument in this case. What Google has done is to delete thousands of pages of material because Big Media asked it to. No questions asked, no right to reply, no evidence.

In fact, according to a report on the Grauniad's website, a number of DMCA notices have been applied to tracks which the blogger had permission to offer up for public consumption.

Google's response is to point at its terms and conditions and say "we told you so" but that's just not good enough.

Saying, "When we receive multiple DMCA complaints about the same blog, and have no indication that the offending content is being used in an authorised manner, we will remove the blog," is hardly a defence.

Assuming that someone is guilty because the DMCA tells you they are is unconstitutional, cowardly lazy and unacceptable for a company which pretends to do no evil.

Bloggers are told that, if they have permission to use a track, they should file a DCMA counter claim. The first problem is, most bloggers wouldn't know how to find the forms - if they were pinned to their arses - with both hands, let alone fill them in properly. The second, and probably the biggest hurdle is that DCMA notices rarely specify the name of the track in question, according to our research.

We know there are some irresponsible music bloggers out there who simply flood the Internet with the latest commercial pop albums in their entirety in order to make click-through revenue on their sordid little sites, and they should be torn down... but it should be done within a legal framework.

This is just another case of industry legal attack dogs carpet bombing genuine fans trying to promote music in a way for which the industry should be grateful, and Google bending over and saying 'yes sir... can I have another'.