Hector will get what he deserves. We can turn around and stop that song. That’s a clear breaking of intellectual property rights.Javier Gómez, the manager of reggaeton artist Hector Delgado • Discussing the negotiations he’s involved in with the Mad Descent label over royalty payments for Baauer’s surprise hit “Harlem Shake.” The song, which became a YouTube staple last month, features an unlicensed sample of Delgado (under the name Hector El Father) using the phrase “Con los terroristas” at the beginning of the song. The song also used an unlicensed sample from rapper Hennessy Youngman (the guy who says the “Do the Harlem Shake” line) from a 2001 Plastic Little song. Youngman, born Jason Musson, is also working out payment details with the label, but is happier about the unexpected success than Delgado is.
But still, because of my habit of linking to my own site where I post my own original content, I’ve been labeled a spammer and have been banned. I’ve messaged the admins twice in the last two weeks, but haven’t gotten any response. It seems that the only way I could avoid this is if I were to relinquish any rights to my original content and post it exclusively to Imgur.Modern Primate blogger Chris Menning • Writing a tough criticism of the Reddit community, particularly in regards to the tendency of the system to be rigged against original content creators in favor of people who share content without necessarily giving credit. (Menning actually got banned from the site.) This has been an ongoing frustration for a number of humor blogs such as Slacktory and The Frogman, with these bloggers pointing out that it’s easier for a stolen, uncredited version of their content to go viral on Reddit via an uncredited Imgur link than it is for a blog post by the same author with the exact same content to do the same. Sites like Tumblr have a system that at least encourages sourcing content — do Reddit and Imgur need to do the same?
Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify.Google Senior VP of Engineering Amit Singhal • Regarding changes to Google’s search algorithm that will favor sites that post legitimate content that hasn’t received copyright removal notices. Despite this change, Singhal claims that the company will keep those sites in the engine, though they may rank lower. “So while this new signal will influence the ranking of some search results, we won’t be removing any pages from search results unless we receive a valid copyright removal notice from the rights owner,” he says. “And we’ll continue to provide “counter-notice” tools so that those who believe their content has been wrongly removed can get it reinstated.” (thanks Andrew Hart)
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