I guess you can say I've truly arrived.
One of my posts ("Horses, Horses, Horses") was deleted by Blogger this afternoon because someone complained to them that the post violated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. I am assuming that Mr. Springsteen's people were unhappy that I posted "Born to Run" to go along with the photo that day.
If you haven't been following this latest bout of MP3 sharing drama, it goes like this: someone's been hitting many of the MP3 blogs out there, complaining to Blogger that it's a violation, Blogger deletes the entire post without so much as looking at it, and threatens you that if it happens often enough, they'll delete the whole blog.
This isn't the first time something's been said to me - this last spring, Van Morrison's people (notoriously fast to pounce) asked me to take down a song of his, but they were nice enough not to complain to Blogger. They asked me directly, and as my disclaimer at the bottom of the page states, I'm very happy to comply with these requests when asked. They also very graciously offered a few songs of his free for the downloading at his site.
This new situation irritates me, but I can't really blame either Blogger or whoever complained. That's life.
As for what I'm going to do about it, I'm going to go ahead with my year end music traditions - Christmas music for the next few weeks, the year end "I listened to these songs about 8,976 times each this year" posts, and the traditional New Year's Eve music - and hope I get through the month without any more complaints. If things start looking ugly, I may not post downloadable MP3s anymore, but I won't abandon the music entirely. At worst, I can always link to a video on YouTube or something.
Cross your fingers, y'all.
Music is posted for a short time, and while I use it in part to (hopefully, though not always) go along with the theme of the photo, I also post it in hopes someone will give it a try and fall in love with it as I have. Perhaps they will then seek out more by the artist and buy more cds. That's how it works with me, anyway. If you like it, pick it up at the store; support the artists you love.
Ain't Superstitious But
AM, Then FM
Another Nickel In The Machine
Any Major Dude With Half a Heart
Barely Awake In Frog Pajamas
Blowin’ Your Cover
Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop
Curiously Tasty Music
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project (Downloadable/streamable mp3s from the early days of recorded music)
Dartman’s World of Wonder
Echoes in the Wind
The Ghost of Electricity
Lost In The '80s
Oreo Cookie Blues
Out of 5
Star Maker Machine
TV Theme Music & Songs
The Vinyl District
The Vinyl Villain
What’s That Called? (music from tv commercials)
And four great resources for finding more music blogs:
Retro Music Snob
Rock God Cred
From a Motel 6
Flickr: Jacob K
Flickr: Joey Harrison
I Found Your Camera
Jeff Lamb Photo
Modern Ruins Photographic Essays by Shaun O’Boyle
My Bad Pictures
What About the Plastic Animals?
97 Things To Do Before I Turn 97
If Charlie Parker Was A Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats
Jon's Random Acts of Geekery
Married to the Sea
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
Posie Gets Cosy
print & pattern
A Sweet Unrest
Horror/True Crime/Grim & Morbid
Castle of Spirits
Find a Death
Green Lawn Abbey
The Horrors of It All
Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies
The Terror Trap
Weird Hollow, a haunted subdivision of Neato Coolville