Dead: Australia’s Best Music Blog

Yesterday Google removed one of Australia’s top 5 music blogs—the best, in my humble opinion—after repeated complaints from labels and web sheriffs. On the surface, it appears Google shouldn’t be blamed for removing unlicensed material (like mp3s) and their stance on copyright infringements are clearly stated in their Blogger Terms of Service…or should they? There’s a lot more to the situation.

“I kept getting posts taken down even though they were years old, with dead links. And then there were too many warnings/complaints. They shut it off”, the blog’s creator Dave Ruby Howe explained. As Editor for inthemix.com.au and contributor to a host of respected music and cultural media bodies, Dave spends most of his waking hours fertilising the music industy flowerpot. So why would he post post illegal mp3s on his personal blog…?

Ned Dwyer, a digital strategist at Fremantle Media’s Forum5 and contributor to top Australian music blog Electrorash, sets it straight.

As an editor at Sound Alliance, Mass Hyperbole’s Dave Ruby Howe is a digital influencer, like it or not. Google/Blogger have removed everything that Dave has posted on Mass Hyperbole over the last three years and he’s now starting from scratch. A lot – if not all – of that content was legitimately supplied by artists and labels. Google talks about being open and against censorship but I don’t think they’re doing enough to work with blogs like Dave’s to strike a balance between protecting the interests of rights holders and promoting new artists through structured releases online.

Despite the endorsed/legitimate supply of artists’ material to bloggers like Dave, industry bodies (and some labels) still appear determined to squeeze a dollar out of every average joe –no matter what the cost to the health of the industry. It would be naive to consider that anyone of them have read (or care to read) the commentary of David Kusek and artists like MC Lars.

The removal of Mass Hyperbole ironically coincides with Google reaching out to a number of high profile music bloggers for feedback on the next version of the Blogger platform. The bloggers I spoke to are all honoring their non-disclosure agreement, so no other information is currently available. But it certainly makes you wonder whether the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

What next? What now?

  • http://electrorash.com/ DUNCAN

    NOT FRICKIN’ HAPPY!

    hope someone at Google AU reads this!

  • http://electrorash.com DUNCAN

    NOT FRICKIN’ HAPPY!

    hope someone at Google AU reads this!

  • Cam

    Good reason not to use a hosted blogging service like blogspot.com or wordpress.com – get your own host and most will install WordPress for you if you don’t know what you are doing …

  • http://Website Cam

    Good reason not to use a hosted blogging service like blogspot.com or wordpress.com – get your own host and most will install WordPress for you if you don’t know what you are doing …

  • http://pitythecool.com Andy

    I should add:

    Mass Hyperbole was getting almost a million hits a week and Dave was not seeking any revenue from site.

  • http://pitythecool.com Andy

    I should add:

    Mass Hyperbole was getting almost a million hits a week and Dave was not seeking any revenue from site.

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  • http://hyperbole.tv/ DRH

    Thanks for giving voice to my plight Andy! It’s super unfortunate, but I can only move onwards to some hopefully better things. (And a million hits a week for Hyperbole ain’t quite right btw…)

  • http://hyperbole.tv DRH

    Thanks for giving voice to my plight Andy! It’s super unfortunate, but I can only move onwards to some hopefully better things. (And a million hits a week for Hyperbole ain’t quite right btw…)

  • http://jyesmith.com/ Jye Smith

    They’ll try: but I don’t think they’ll get far. I think we’ll see new models come out slowly.

    Stuff like this is just a tragedy though, a fucking tragedy.

  • http://jyesmith.com Jye Smith

    They’ll try: but I don’t think they’ll get far. I think we’ll see new models come out slowly.

    Stuff like this is just a tragedy though, a fucking tragedy.

  • Stef

    BOO GOOGLE

  • http://Website Stef

    BOO GOOGLE

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  • Jimdeveloper

    Should check out http://www.controlom.com, grabs music from a number of large blogs and allows readers to stream or download them (in one place =).
     

  • Stefan

    The danish band The Kite Theory has released the new single, Six Weeks, on Spotify and itune. The band also has a fan site on Facebook.
    http://www.thekitetheory.com
     

  • Virginia sue

    I too heard those
    albums and enjoyed a lot. All such are really class production and
    amazing composing. It is going a big turn over in their music trade.

    Australia celebrity

  • Anonymous

    It was so sad when we can’t do something about Google’s actions but also look on the other side if we are not violating Google rules and regulations :)

    Please read: Indie music from Australia by Atlas

  • Jason Wojnarski

    hey, have you guys ever heard of Eric Smith?

    He’s an artist that could really use a push.

    I also begged him for a job to help.

    So if anyone can help me out, its mean the world.

    thanks .

    heres a video of eric

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWjjc7Rg1vI

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