Earlier this week, online mixtape site Muxtape temporarily closed down, blaming a ‘problem’ with the RIAA (although promising to be back up soon).Now the RIAA has been talking about the problem to Portfolio, giving details of its issues with Muxtape:
“For the past several months, we have communicated our legal concerns with the site and repeatedly tried to work with them to have illegal content taken down. Muxtape was hosting copies of copyrighted sound recordings without authorization from the copyright owners. Making these recordings available for streaming playback also requires authorization from the copyright owners. Muxtape has not obtained authorization from our member companies to host or stream copies of their sound recordings.”
Views differ on the clash, with many bloggers slamming the RIAA for trying to squash a potentially important new music discovery service, while music industry types point out that the site was trying to make its fortune from allowing people to upload and share copyrighted music, albeit by streaming.What do you think? Should the RIAA have held fire to allow deals to be struck between Muxtape and its labels, or should Muxtape have moved faster to go legit? Post a comment and let us know your thoughts!