Read This: Who Is The Copyright Owner… DBanj or Durella?
I had a sudden sweat running down from my dreadlocks when I received an email from the blogger team about an artists claiming copyright ownership of the song ”Blame It On The Money”, which most of us know was done by DBanj featuring Big Sean and Snoop Lion. At first, I could not think straight and all I had to do was to delete that post immediately to avoid any further troubles.
Then I alerted all my fellow bloggers about the email i received so they know what to do as well… I munched part of the email and sent to them to have a view of the contents in the email… Then I said to my self ‘‘Really? For all the websites that posted this same music, Loud Sound Ghana is the only website attacked on this?”
I got curious and went back to the email to read all over again and investigate if other websites or blogs were notified about this and probably made a post concerning the same issue. What baffled my mind most was the ”REPRODUCTION” part. We did not make any changes to the song or added anything to it. Below is the email we received from the blogger team…
”Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to “draft” status. (A bit of background: if we did not do this, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement.)
The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message. This means your post – and any images, links or other content – is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the content in question and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.
If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-notification. For more information on our DMCA policy, please seehttp://www.google.com/dmca.html.
The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at http://www.chillingeffects.org. We do this in accordance with the DMCA. You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page athttp://www.chillingeffects.org/search.cgi and entering the URL of the blog post that was removed.
If it is brought to our attention that you have republished the post without removing the content in question, then we will delete your post and count it as a violation on your account. Repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account including deleting your blog and/or terminating your account.
If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.
The Blogger Team
Google, Inc. (Blogger)
Mountain View, CA USA
Infringement Notification for Blogger:
Copyright work description
unauthorized reproductions of sound recordings by artists Dbanj
Location of infringing material
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. [checked]
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. [checked]
Signed on this date of: 06/24/2013”
The only question I keep asking myself is; what difference does my post make from others? So after my search on google to see if any other website or blog got the same notification as I did, i came across a post published by www.nigeriafilms.com which was dated Tuesday 18th June, 2013 and it says Durella accused Dbanj of Jacking ”Blame It On The Money”. Then I realized probably, Durella made the copyright claims and reported to Google. But that does not answer my question as to why Loud Sound Ghana is the target. If Durella feels Dbanj stole his song, why wont he send Dbanj to court but rather attack a poor blogger like myself who is just trying to bring entertainment to the good and honest fans in Africa? No name was mentioned as to who is claiming rights for the said track… To be on the safer side, Loud Sound Ghana will not post any music from Dbanj until everything is cleared and sorted out properly. We will bring you developing stories as more come in…