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Posted Feb 11th, 2010 (8:04 pm) by Eddie Strumfels

Google may claim to do no evil but it seems like the beloved company doesn’t always abide. In a disappointing move, they suddenly pulled the plug on several popular music blogs, citing violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Countless followers and bloggers were left perplexed and angered by the surprising censorship since the blogs in question were often supported and even financed by record labels and posted songs that didn’t violate the terms of the DMCA.

When the DMCA believes sites like Pop Tarts, Masala, I Rock Cleveland, To Die By Your Side, It’s a Rap and Living Ears (which were all deleted) post an unauthorized song, they send a violation notice. Unfortunately the process to send a counter-claim is confusing and convoluted at best. Often the same record companies who send in complaints also request songs to put up on sites, making the entire thing amazingly complicated and frustrating for bloggers. And it seems like nobody is safe from the ridiculous restrictions of the DMCA - Surfer Blood also inexplicably had their own blog shut down.

Google recently sent out an explanation about the deletions but didn’t elaborate why it happened so suddenly and without warning. All signs point to a new DMCA manhunt, further proving how lost record companies are when dealing with these newfangled interwebs.

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