In our Digital World, especially in the realm of Music, illegal downloads are everywhere. As a label, this is a fact we have to deal with on a daily basis and often weigh the pros of free publicity against the rights of the artists. More often then not this leads to many hours a week of me sending out DMCA Notices and Copyright Infringements. It is not a fun job but it is a necessary one.
The first thing we have to do is appeal to our fans, our friends, and coworkers. We need to make sure that people really understand the damage they are causing the music world by either participating in it or by turning a blind eye and seeing it as something that is just going to happen and we have to accept it. Would a store you shop at, just accept you picking up an item you like and walking out without paying? No, so why should the artists and labels have to? So make a point of it, as an artists, a label or simply as a music lover that being a dirty pirate is neither acceptable or trendy. If you want to learn more about how illegal music pirating is hurting the electronic music scene you can check out our blog post Here.
The music the artists make is not free. Trust me, as I gaze upon Alvaro’s studio, that it is NOT free for him to make the deep beautiful music he does. There are the computers, the speakers, the headsets, the programs, the music libraries, the coffee while making the music ect 🙂 If the artist’s do not receive any monetary compensation for both their time and money spent on the music, how do people expect them to carry on doing it? Often I hear people rally against labels, and please bare in mind not all labels are made equal. But I can assure you, that between mastering the tracks for DeepWit Releases, advertisement and the time and energy it takes to make new contacts and promote what are artists are doing, I could be working in a much more boring although high paying job. So if you appreciate the music, purchase it please and show both the artists and the labels you do not want big corporations to take over the music world and that you love your independent electronic music just the way it is 🙂
A Guide to Fighting the Pirates for Labels & Artists
First I would strongly recommend that as soon as a release of yours, be it an EP, a remix ect, you go into google, and set up an Alert for whenever something new pops up on google with your name and/or the name of the release. This way you avoid having to use so much time actually crawling through google search.
Here is how:
First you need a google account, which is very easy and quick to set up if you do not have one.
From there you go into your Account settings. Once in settings there is an option at the bottom with a little bell titled “Alerts”.
You simply type in the name of the Alert you want to set (your artists name, the name of your tracks, ect).
This is not only a good way to find pirated tracks but also to find if you have been charted, played on radio stations, ect.
Once you do find an illegal download of yours, you have to check the website, is it a google blog account? Is it a youtube video? (Yes letting your tracks get put up in full length on youtube will almost guarantee they will be pirated and do not assume that just because it is poor quality people out there will not rip it, not everyone has well trained ears like the artists and DJ’s do, also trust me in saying this will effect your sales at stores.)
If it is a google Blogger or Youtube they have made it very simple to send in a DMCA notice right on their websites.
Click HERE to report to google.
With Youtube, if you find a full length song and want it removed, you can either contact the person who put it up directly, ask them to replace it with a smaller snippet of the song or go ahead and report them by clicking HERE.
Now if you run across an illegal download site with your music posted such as a blog hosted somewhere other then google or on download places like plasamusic & orion, you will have to fill out the information I am adding to the bottom of this post with it completely filled out and email it the address they provide on the site (which at times can be tricky to find and disregard any messages on these sites they say they are not liable, they ARE). The layout is pretty self explanatory and I have added in the instructions for the different areas you need to fill out.
I have to tip my hat to the guys over at Disclosure Project, as this was something they actually shared with everyone on their facebook. So thanks Disclosure Project Recordings!!!
If we all stand together, artists, labels and music lovers, I do believe we can make a difference in the way the scene is going, share the information and pass it around to all your fellow artists and labels so we can start making that difference NOW. Please feel free to add comments or advice on how you handle the pirates and get in contact with us here at DeepWit Recordings if you have any questions or problems.
DMCA Notice Form & Instructions
Subject: DMCA Notice – Copyright Infringement
To: (email address/name of website)
To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in § 512(c) of the U.S. Copyright Law under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). I wish to report an instance of Copyright Infringement. The infringing material appears on the Service for which you are the designated agent.
1. The copyrighted material, which I contend belongs to me and appears illegally on your Service, is the file: (insert file name or address where the file is located at)
Proof of copyright and rights pertaining to (Artists Name Goes Here):
(Buy link goes here, such as beatport or juno)
2. The unauthorized material appears at the website address:
This site appears in Google search results for “download …(name of the track, name of the artist)” as well as other search terms using variations of these words.
3. My contact information is as follows: (Full Name & Email Address)
4. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials as described above is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
5. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Digital Signature Here