I woke up this morning to a nice copyright infringing notice from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). The issue for them was last week’s Blue Friday song from Lloyd Banks. The track is part of Banks’ free song campaign to promote his upcoming Hunger For More 2 album. Apparently, the RIAA didn’t get the notice, because they informed me that I wasn’t authorized to post a free, promotional song. See below.
We have learned that your service is hosting the above web sites on your
network. These sites are offering direct links to files containing sound
recordings for other users to download by the artists known as A-Ha,
Lloyd Banks, Hot Chip, Young Jeezy, and Kylie. These recordings are
owned by our member companies and have not been authorized for this kind
of use. We have a good faith belief that the above-described activity is
not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. We assert
that the information in this notification is accurate, based upon the
data available to us.
In good faith, I don’t think the RIAA knows the difference between its right and left hand. I’m almost positive they have no idea that Banks is doing this to build interest for an actual album that would generate some revenue for the RIAA. They simply saw an artist’s name they have a stake in, and couldn’t even fathom for a second the artist could be deliberately releasing free music as a “thank you” to his fans.
But since they don’t know, I’ll take this opportunity to educate. I’ve sent out correspondence on the matter, and I’ll let you know when and if I get a response. We should all take this as another reminder that the dinosaur that is the RIAA will continue kicking and screaming until the very end.