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Update: Google responds to blog takedowns

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“Inevitably, we occasionally receive DMCA complaints even though the blogger does have the legal right to link to the music in question. Whether this is the result of miscommunication by staff at the record label, or confusion over which MP3s are “official,” it happens. If this happens to you, it is imperative that you file a DMCA counter-claim so we know you have the right to the music in question. Otherwise, if we receive multiple DMCA complaints for your blog, this could very well constitute repeat offenses, compelling us to take action.”

— Google explains (in official response, via The Daily Swarm) why a number of popular blogs, hosted on the Google-owned Blogger, were unexpectedly deleted earlier this week, despite the blogs’ claims that they simply posted provided material by our publicist friends. Victims included Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, I Rock Cleveland, LivingEars, and It’s a Rap — thankfully, three of the four have since re-launched on non-Google hosts! Hit up The Swarm to read Google’s full statement and read why, via Techdirt, this whole situation is complete lunacy.

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