GOOGLE SHUTS DOWN MUSIC BLOGS WITHOUT WARNING

The Guardian

In what critics are calling “musicblogocide 2010,” Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google’s Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites – and years of archives – were wiped from the internet. Although such sites once operated on the internet’s fringes, almost exclusively posting songs without permission, many blogs are now wined, dined and even paid (via advertising by record labels). After the success of blog-buzzy acts such as Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Vampire Weekend, entire PR firms are dedicated to courting armchair DJs and amateur critics. Read more about the “musicblogocide” at the above link.

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