The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104319   Message #2134861
Posted By: Anne Lister
27-Aug-07 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Subject: Copyright warning - bloggers!
I don't know if this will affect anyone here, but I thought I'd post this anyway.

The other night I was idling around, googling my own name, (as you do) and I found a reference to my music on someone's blog. The blogger had recommended my album "A Flame in Avalon" and my early recording as Anonyma "Burnt Feathers" to his readers and had posted a link to a file sharing site on which he had kindly placed both albums for free downloads. Now, although I'm happy for people to listen to my music I rather prefer to be in charge of what's given away for free, and there's an additional concern as well, as the copyright to "Burnt Feathers" is held by Fellside and I'm not allowed myself to copy the album or make it available for downloads.
Anyway, although it wasn't clear how to contact the blogger directly we were able to contact the file sharing site and point out that this was an abuse of copyright - they acted immediately to remove the albums and must have let the blogger know why, as he then posted a comment to the effect that he realised I was angry about it all. My husband has tried leaving him a comment in turn to point out just why, and to suggest he direct his readers to legitimate download sites if he's a fan of mine - he says he won't do that as it's "too much to ask". Some fan, you might think!

So this is a heads up for others ... the site involved is on a blogging site called Lost in Tyme, and there are other bloggers on that site making free with all kinds of music. As I said, I don't know if any other Mudcatters are involved, but I did also manage to point out the problem to my former musical partner Mary McLaughlin, whose album was posted up by the same chap. So it might be worth googling your own names once in a while and checking out anything you're not sure of.

Anne