Discord is a wonderful platform for community building, and a number of musicians are already reaping the benefits.
However, it’s also a platform that can be used to build communities of people who want to download music for free, and that’s something rightsholders and industry bodies are unsurprisingly keen to tackle.
Having already taken down the ‘RipRequests’ Discord server over a pre-release leak of Adele’s album ’30’, the RIAA’s efforts continue.
TorrentFreak picked up on a subpoena filed by the US industry body at a Columbia federal court, identifying several tracks being shared on another Discord server (a marvellous fictional supergroup of Luther Vandross, Stone Temple Pilots and Huey Lewis and the News) and requesting not just a takedown of the server, but personal details of the alleged infringers.
Discord’s response is unknown at this point. The company, which was valued at $15bn in its last funding round in September 2021, is coming under pressure over copyright infringement.
In April, the IFPI claimed in a filing to an EC consultation that Discord “has rapidly become an underground marketplace for the distribution and crowd funding of stolen, unreleased or pre-release content”.