Tuesday, April 07, 2015

It takes the "popular" out of "popular culture"

I was going to let it go, but Bev said, "Why don't you?"  So I filed a copyright dispute with SoundCloud, a process that involves jumping through multiple hoops and ends with me giving them permission to yank my account if my dispute is in error.  You get the impression they're trying to discourage people from taking that route?

Anyway, I had just posted sixteen 78s dating from the late 1910s to early 1920s.  "The Castles in Europe" (a.k.a. "Castle House Rag") was yanked--its owned by SMCMG, says the notice I received.  How can Sony Music Entertainment own a 101-year-old Victor label recording?  This is what I asked them.

Who'd have dreamed there would be any problem in 2015 with sharing a 78 made before WWI was over?  Then again, last year I got burned for posting a Merv Griffin Christmas single recorded when my late grandfather was younger (much younger) than me.

Oh, well.  We'll see what happens.  If my account doesn't get yanked, I'll be linking to my shellac uploads.



Swank Daddy said...

Good luck with that. Seriously. I hope you prevail.

alcue said...

Switch to clyp.it

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Thanks. And... SoundCloud just reinstated my track, with an apology! How about that?

WIM GRUNDY! said...

Give them a sound shellacing!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Ha! Will do.