bobbycaputo says: I think my last message got cut off: I heard the DCMA notices were actually spam of some sort and not from Tumblr/record labels. Apparently this is why some people are receiving the notices despite them not actually having the music mentioned in the email on their blog. Whether this is true or not I don't know.
I spent a bit of time searching the DMCA tag this morning, and it seems like the notices are legit, with some people even receiving responses to Tumblr about it. I also read several posts from people who received them regarding artists they never posted music from, which again is strange. Sounds like this organization is doing a lot of blanket notices using some sort of algorithm, but not going to the trouble of determining which specific artist they represent has had their copyright “violated”.
It’s all kind of bonkers.
In regards to this issue (we received one of these notices too, for a Cass McCombs song—which by the way, has nothing to do with Radiohead, the Spice Girls, Daughtry or anyone else besides Cass McCombs), the person listed as the requester is Jeremy Banks, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s director of anti-piracy initiatives. He’s an actual real human being who does this sort of thing for a living. If you’re offended by Banks’ poorly-executed campaign against Tumblr sites, I highly recommend you yell at them on Twitter. — Ernie @ SFB