SoundCloud is suspending people’s accounts over music that they own
In April, we reported that SoundCloud’s new copyright infringement software was removing DJ mixes from various websites, including FACT’s.
Things appear to have got worse. London internet station Radar Radio has today had its entire account taken down, despite clocking up over 900,000 plays.
We spoke to Radar Radio, who told us that they were originally told that they had seven days to sort out any copyright infringements on their page, but the account was closed the next day.
Mystifyingly, on top of that DJ Plastician has had his account suspended over a track that he produced, released and owns the publishing rights to.
Update: SoundCloud has restored Radar Radio’s account. We’re not what the reasons are yet, but you can browse its shows again here. Several FACT readers have responded to this article saying that they have also had their original music removed from the platform.
Update, 23.50 BST: SoundCloud has given us the following statement:
“We can’t comment on specific rightsholders, but we’re happy to host any content on the platform as long as it’s properly authorised. If we’re told that any content has been posted without permission, we need to remove that content in accordance with applicable law.”
Update, August 13, 12:50 BST: Dummy has had its SoundCloud account frozen. The page is still visible, but the online music mag reports that it can no longer access it to repost or upload tracks. Dummy reports:
“The reason SoundCloud has given is that we have received three strikes for content that we have uploaded which is in breach of major record company Sony’s copyright, although SoundCloud have so far not told us which tracks are in question.
“SoundCloud have stated if we can persuade Sony to remove the objections then they will remove the strikes to restore and unlock our account. However, under instruction from Sony, SoundCloud are not allowed to tell us who to contact within the organisation. We have only ever uploaded music that Sony have sent us to promote, so it seems ridiculous that they would want to shut down our account and prevent us from supporting new music signed to their label in the future.”
As pointed out by Clash, SoundCloud also appears to have removed DIY Magazine’s account.
Update, August 14: Last night Sony instructed Soundcloud to remove Dummy’s “strikes” and unlock the magazine’s account.
“Thank you to Sony for reacting to and resolving the situation so quickly,” wrote Dummy in an update. “A further thank you to our readers for the responses and support via social media channels.”
Here are six alternatives for hosting DJ mixes.