We knew the digital release of several KLF albums was too good to last. Well, unless you bought them on iTunes while they were still accessible, obviously. Music Ally spoke to digital distributor The Orchard on Friday, as it was the conduit for the five KLF albums to reach iTunes, Spotify and other digital services. The content came through a subdistributor’s label on the IODA side of The Orchard’s business. Spokesperson Jaclyn Ranere told us that when music is submitted, the assumption is that people have the paperwork to back it up – proving they own the rights. In this case, the subdistributor didn’t flag up the KLF albums as requiring that paperwork to be checked, and neither did The Orchard as it made its way onto the various digital services. “We’ve asked our client to send us the contracts, and in the meantime we’ve now sent takedowns to all of the stores,” Ranere told us. The inquest now starts into how no red flags were raised, although The Orchard is already planning to remind its clients that they must have proof of ownership for all material they deliver to the company.

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