Saturday, November 16, 2013

Well, it looks like Christmas 2013 might not happen.... (-:

4Shared has disabled my "public sharing option" because of a copyright infringement complaint relating to one (or all?) of the tracks in my "Ghost on Christmas Eve" post.  The 1956 Russ Morgan track?  Could that be it?  One of the obscure 45 rpm singles in the list?  Two 1950 Merv Griffin sides???

It's beyond belief, isn't it?

I'll have to clear out of 4Shared.  I haven't gotten through their mile-long email yet, but it appears that my 4Shared days are done.  I'll need to clear out my files, lest the intrepid copyright cops find more 40 to 75 year old recordings, ripped from the source, that I'm not allowed to share with fellow members of my species.

I wonder what portion of the public knows what's actually happening here?  That is to say, I'll bet most people assume the copyright cops are going after those who pirate and sell current, best-selling material.  I doubt they picture someone like me getting desist-or-perish-grams for (true story) posting a 1977 Andy Williams single or, in this case, posting a group of obscure 45s, including a 1956 Russ Morgan (Russ who?) kiddie record.  With no charge, except to myself.  (By the way, apparently I'm allowed to buy old records; I'm just not allowed to share them.  How long before listening to them is declared a violation against the recording industry?  Stay tuned.)

They've won.  We've lost.  What else is new?

24 comments:

Lou C. Ferr said...

This is just sad ... and mainly all because of a mouse. If Disney didn't keep buying politicians to keep extending the copyright laws so much that has been forgotten would begin to see the light of day once again. A nice simple 50/75 rule would be more than enough ... 50 years after death or 75 years after publication, whichever comes first. I hope you find a way to continue but if you don't, we understand and will continue to enjoy your previous efforts which is soooo appreciated.

rbarban said...

My brother had a similar experience on youtube...one wonders how much is spend by companies to try to find these "violations."

Paul Parker said...

That would be me. Andy's the name and sharing was my game... until the youtube police were tipped off of a serious crime: I uploaded a 20-year old "sermon?" by a former satellite preacher by the name on Dr. Gene Scott. I never would have dreamed something broadcast over the airwaves so long ago by a dead preacher would have any copyrights on it. Not to mention that it was of a religious nature, which usually holds little interest. Alas, the dead preacher left everything to his porn-star wife including every word he every spoke over the air. She alerted the youtube goons and I was given a "strike". A week later, a public broadcasted Austin City Limits concert was flagged which led me to believe I was being "watched". I had to remove 75% of my uploads as a precaution to getting kicked off the site. I have since stopped uploading and my subscribers all lose, thanks to the over-zealous demands of the copyright police.

Spaceman said...

bummer

john said...

I'm really sorry to hear this, Lee. I would put my money on Merv Griffin, but it doesn't really matter because the damage is done. You make a good point that people likely assume it's only Kanye West and Adele and that ilk whose people pursue pirates, and that's not true. I wonder if there are freelance (paid-by-the-piece) searchers for "violations"? Another thing the New Generation can do in this time of cobbled-together part-time gigs to eke out a living. Jeez, it's pathetic, truly. I hope you will find a way around it. My wife and I continue to enjoy your compilations, which make some of the BEST dinner music! later from California, John

Anonymous said...

Maybe, you could try the following option.

http://www.mijnbestand.nl/

KL from NYC said...

It may not be a person making the decision (more likely a robot), and it might not have anything to do with what is actually in the file. You may have encountered the nonsense when the MediaFire robot would misread contents of an uploaded file, and then block public downloads with directions to go to Amazon or iTunes to buy a somewhat similarly-titled song. Their robot made lots of mistakes.

No one has had trouble with ZippyShare (yet), but who knows how long that's going to last.

I'm sorry to hear about this. Bah-humbug.

Ernie said...

Same thing, every year... :(

drizzz said...

So sorry to learn of this, it's totally insane, nobody is making a buck off this stuff and all the while people are posting albums by living artists the day they come out! At any rate, thank you for The Santa Claus March, one of my Christmas Favorites!

Ron said...

Frustrating. It might be different if a) the song were available from the "owners" as a purchasable download (I checked and it is not), and b) if I hadn't already funneled a large amount of money over the years into the music industry buying and re-buying music over and over because of changes in format, remasters, remixes, one previously unissued bonus track, etc. I can understand the artist, and those responsible for creating the track getting paid for it. But I don't think this is a possibility in this case.

Ron

nidostar said...

I agree. Most of these tracks are ages old. It's just nice to hear them and go "aaah". No money's changing hands and no harm is being done. It's no different, surely, than if you invited me round to your house and played me the songs on your hi-fi. But popping round to your place isn't really an option for me as I live in England! And who is this Merv Griffin guy, anyway?

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Thanks for all the supportive comments. Much appreciated. And, to answer Nidostar's question, Merv was a radio singer who made it big as a big band and solo singer in the late 40s-early 50s, only to slip off the charts by 1953. By the late 50s, he was a well known game and talk show host. He created two of the most popular U.S. game shows ever--Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune--and became excessively rich.

By the time of his death (2007), he was remembered primarily for his popular, syndicated talk show and the two game shows I mentioned. Only people of my parents' generation (WWII) would remember him as a charting vocalist.

I've featured a ton of his recordings at this blog, including some obscure items I've yet to find the story on.

LisaMay said...

This is craziness - have you considered uploaded, we appreciate all you do to keep and preserve historic recordings. Don't give up -

Geordie Birch said...

Check out bittorrent - it worked very well for Ernie over at ErnieNotBert.

Twobadeyes said...

Same old tired song. Punishing people for posting stuff which is out of date, no longer published, and/or impossible to get any other way. Appears as though people who hold the artistic rights to stuff merely are trying to force people to buy new stuff they don't want by refusing to re-publish stuff they do want. Sounds like forced censorship and a violation of freedom of speech rights to me. Doesn't freedom of speech also include freedom of listening?

Kevin Fields / KAM said...

It's time you've come to learn of the usefulness of The Pirate Bay. While I do not want to condone copyright infringement, at the same time there is a tragic flaw in our copyright laws, and here is a good example of such tragedy. One your files are uploaded to The Pirate Bay, you can be sure that they'll never disappear.

drizzz said...

This is off topic but here is a You tube video of a Whiteman reunion meeting at Grofe's house: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNV20CmQCNg

Lee Hartsfeld said...

drizzz,

Thanks!! That's a marvelous document.

hdware said...

Lee,
I am sorry to see that you've been shafted by the copyright sniffers. I've had experience with the Disney flavor of this subspecies and it was not pleasant; akin to patent trolls, IMHO. I hope, very selfishly, that you can find a way to resume posting your compilations bercauser they have both delighted and taught me (and, I am sure, many others).

Stubby said...

My "favorite" stories of the copyright police are the ones where they shut down and threaten artists over their own postings of their own performances of their own songs. Hey, copyright is copyright even if you, personally, own all the rights.

This country is doomed. The world even. The rich have stolen all but a very little and now they want it all. They're making their move and we're all just cattle for the slaughter. Sharing? Sharing is for sissies. Either buy it or steal it. That's the motto of the oligarchy. One of my favorite stories is that of Mother Jones. Tossed in a jail cell with a young man, she asks what he's there for. He says he stole a pair of shoes. Mother Jones says, "Too bad. If you'd stolen a railroad, they'd make you a Senator." I know I'm rambling, but it all seemed coherent in my head before it came flooding out.

Peace on you, Lee. We love you no matter what.

Anonymous said...

I think that you should keep on keeping on.....at the very least just to tick off some bad people. :)

Although to be fair, it mighta been a dumb 'bot that did this like a poster above said.

If you're looking for a different server, you might want to consider sendspace or filefactory for files to stay up longer. The new Mega might be ok in that regard too.

Someone mentioned Zippyshare. It's fast but I think that the files expire after only about 4-6 months.

Anonymous said...

Don't give up because of one bad 'bot. Try the new Mega -- they're cool.

Marie D said...

Hi, Lee, I just saw your new graphic, stating that your blog is retiring, after 8 years of very old-school AWESOME. Saddest news I heard all year. I am glad I 'download hoarded' as much as I did, since I discovered this blog in 2010. It stinks that the copyright goons are so out of hand now...

I have an idea, though. Why don't you start some kind of private blog, maybe through email, with all of your regular commenters here, (assuming you have our email and IP addresses) and share your .zips and .mp3s over email? I know that could prove to be 'clunky' and slow...but better than nothing?

Just some thoughts. I hope the this blog stays up though, albeit without the music itself. I enjoy reading old posts, often learning something new, as I become more and more familiar with these vintage recording artists.

John Tiggleman said...

I also suggest mijnbestand/nl one or two other bloggers I visit use it. And zippyshare, but they have annoying popunder adverts.
Jack