IFPI Admits It Screwed Up; Claims Mistakes Happen
from the yes...-but... dept
Last week, we noted how the IFPI had sent a nastygram to a music blogger, forcing him to take down a song — even though the musicians behind the song wanted it posted. After the band contacted the IFPI, someone from the IFPI sent an apology to the site in a way that doesn’t suggest it’s really all that sorry:
IFPI was contacted by a member of the label who confirmed you were given permission to post the file on your site.
We were unaware of this agreement but now that it has been notified to us please feel free to upload the file.
Due to the volume of infringing content we find online there will be instances where legitimate files are picked up as infringing. We hope this matter shows that once we have the correct information we do not want to stop the promotion of music online.
In other words, “mistakes happen,” and the responsibility isn’t ours for making the mistake — but it falls on the individual bloggers who may or may not be able to alert the musician in question and get them to call our legal dogs off. Of course, most laws concerning takedown notices require the folks issuing the takedown to properly express the wishes of the copyright holder. It would appear that the IFPI did not do that in this case, and an after-the-fact apology seems rather weak, given the weight that a legal threat from the IFPI could hold to an individual blogger without a legal team behind him.