Washington — Recently several torrent sharing websites including several Hip Hop related ones were shut down by the government. Davey D over at HipHopAnd Politics.com wants to know why.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday something very disturbing took place… Homeland Security along with ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) , the Department of Justice and the National Intellectual Property Rights Co-ordinating Center seized over 80 websites including popular Hip Hop websites RapGodfathers.com, dajaz1.com and Onsmash.com. These Hip Hop sites were accused of copyright violations, which is crazy, because these sites were popular because they mostly worked with artists to promote their work and help establish a buzz.
Was there anything on those sites in violation of copyright law? The nature of any music site as robust as the ones mentioned you will inevitably find material. It might come in the form of someone posting a song on a message board, or a video clip from a concert with back ground music. It might be a link to a third-party site which was the case with the aforementioned sites where folks could find material. My experience over the years oftentimes its the artists themselves coming to sites asking for their material to be posted while the labels which also own part of the copyright objects.