Monday, October 20, 2008

You can't even be trusted with your own copyright

Jeff Rosenstock - from The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches - has a web label, Quote Unquote records. It's just had its site yanked by the webhosts because they discovered "copyrighted music files" on the servers.

The label's own copyrighted music files.

In order to solve the problem, Jeff would have to send his copyright registration forms to the host by mail, to prove he held the copyright, a problem in itself, explains Jeff:

“I called the company to explain that a lot of this material was NOT in fact registered with the US copyright office, instead we did the ol’ poor man’s copyright. The music that was copyrighted was done so under a Creative Commons License, which is a digital copyright that cannot be viewed if the website where the files are posted is down.”

To make matters worse, Jeff has lost the originals in a system crash. Still, at least the webhosting company has saved him from the horror of being pirated by himself, eh?

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