Universal abuses copyright law to snuff out negative Drake reviews

By , Aug 14 2012

A prominent blogger alleges that the Universal Music Group abused copyright law to remove his negative review of Drake’s Take Care.

Henry “Rizoh” Adaso, the founder of The Rap Up, reviewed Take Care for About.com last November. The sarcastic, one-sentence review read as follows:

“A briefly entertaining, occasionally ponderous, sometimes lazy, sometimes brilliant, slow-rolling, rap-singy, bulls-eye missing, kitten-friendly, runway-ready, mega corny, lip-smacking, self-conscious, self-correcting, self-indulging, finely tuned, Houston infatuated, crowd pleasing, delightfully weird, emotionally raw, limp, wet, innocuous, cute, plush, brooding, musical, whimsical, exotic, pensive, V-necked, quasi-American, strutting, doting, cloying, safe alternative to sleeping pills. (Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars)”

Good luck Googling the review, however: Universal Music Group, the parent company of Young Money / Cash Money Records, filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint urging Google to remove links to Rizoh’s review, along with a host of illegal download sites. The evidence is pretty damning.

DMCA is the US law that allows copyright holders to remove infringing material from the Internet. This is not the first time UMG has abused DMCA, as the company has often filed complaints for works they do not own. Prior allegations include accounts of Jimmy Iovine taking down Skepta’s ‘Dare to Dream’ so that he could buy the track for Eminem and independent artists being censored by the conglomerate.

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