An internet-based record label, Quote Unquote Records, has had their site taken down by their web host for alleged copyright infringement. Here’s the joke: QU Records own the copyright. Wtf…?
Around a week ago, the label was notified by its webhost that it had some copyright music files on its server, which was no surprise to them since they were tracks by Arrogant Sons of Bitches, one of the label’s bands.
The web host, I suspect, figured that hey, if they’re offering the music for FREE, then it must be illegal, right? You can probably understand the host’s (somewhat ill-informed) decision—they’re afraid to face legal action for hosting music. Because we all know that hosting music, even your own music, is of dubious legality.
Anyhow, according to the article:
Three days later the labels site went down completely, due to Jeff hosting his own copyright files on his own site – a claimed violation of the hosting company’s Terms of Service. In order to solve the problem, Jeff would have to send his copyright registration forms to the host by mail, to prove he held the copyright, a problem in itself, explains Jeff:
“I called the company to explain that a lot of this material was NOT in fact registered with the US copyright office, instead we did the ol’ poor man’s copyright. The music that was copyrighted was done so under a Creative Commons License, which is a digital copyright that cannot be viewed if the website where the files are posted is down.”
The web hosts are obviously in the wrong, but how on earth do you argue against such ignorance? Especially from people whose job depends on the Internet??