Σάββατο, 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Aaaand..cut!

This article is written in order to announce to the visitors/followers of the blog,that I was forced to delete all the files that were uploaded on mediafire. Therefore, nothing can be downloaded anymore, and the links at the articles are disabled. It was not at all my intention to remove the tracks from the internet, but some series of events got me very angry and frustrated about the situation with file-sharing on the internet in general. I will explain which were the events right away. At first, last August or September, I had bought a LP of a Greek band which I will not name. Inside, as it is custom nowadays, it had a voucher with a link for the buyer to download the album "for free". After I did that, I decided to upload the album on the blog, for obvious reasons. And then something funny happened.

The period when I uploaded that album, it was the time after ACTA and all other copyright acts had been passed at the U.S. The band whose album I uploaded, is signed to an American -independent- record label. For that reason, and since I use blogger.com which is an American platform, Google sent me a warning, actually it was more threatening than warning, that I had a specific period of time to remove the "illegal" (as quoted) content, otherwise I would face illegal charges. Obviously, I had to remove the files. But that was only the first event.

Despite the fact stated above, I found no reason to stop uploading and sharing tracks since I didn't face any other problems. So I continued. And then mediafire joined the game. All the tracks that I've on the blog, are download via mediafire. As anyone that uses mediafire to get music should have noticed, the site is now completely fucked up, and it's nothing like it used to be. Now, in order to get an album, you cannot of course download almost anything for free, and instead they offer you alternate ways of getting your desired music from some "fine retailers" (sic). But before even getting to that point, mediafire started "censoring" tracks that were uploaded one by one at the site (like the ones that I offered for download here, not zip files), and these files could not be downloaded by anyone (not even the uploader!). To the user that wanted to see all the files that they had uploaded, the files "censored" had next to their tittle a "C" symbol, which obviously refers to "copyright".

About the new situation, no one was informed. So, myself for example, I though that all my uploads were at a perfect state, and no tracks were missing. But then a friend of mine, told me that she couldn't download some tracks from an album. And that was the point when I realized what they had done with the files. From that moment on, anyone that wanted to download an album, could end up with e.g. 4 from 10 tracks, because they couldn't download all of them. Then again I didn't stop.

I continued once more, with the problem not solved though. Until a few days ago, when mediafire sent me a warning -at my personal page on mediafire- about a copyright infringement for one specific audio track, stating that I was on a "strike" or whatever, I didn't really understand that to be honest. The fact of the matter is, that they also said that if they noticed any other violation of the same matter, I could face a termination of service.

That was it for me. I couldn't face any more of their crap. Since I am not someone that has servers abroad or whatever and I do not occupy myself with the blog full time, I can't deal with every little shit they throw at me. So I decided to "terminate the service" by myself. It may not appear very fair to anyone that -I hope- was used to getting tracks from here, but honestly, the last 2 months saw very few albums fully downloadable, due to their copyright stuff. The irony is that, since this is a blog exclusively about Greek bands, in Greek reality their is no major label that has signed any bands (except Τρύπες maybe, but that's another story), and always the bands had their music spread via mixtapes, compilations, hand to hand tape sharing, one lent an album to other and so forth. One could say that solidarity among fans, concerning mutual love about music, has always been a reality among Greek music fans. And of course, that was the same way that the bands and musicians were supported.

To conclude, the blog will not stop from existing. It will have though another form. I will continue to share info and albums from bands that themselves provide us with a free download of their release. Whatever they pull up, we will keep listening,sharing and finding out about music. Even if we end up listening to music like Leos Carax.


2 σχόλια:

  1. το όλο "blogger" θέμα αρχίζει και πεθαίνει. αρκετα μεγάλα μπλογκ μετακόμισαν σε φόρουμ όπου η διακίνηση είναι πιο εύκολη και ασφαλής. την θέση του mediafire την πήρε το zippyshare πάντως (αν και δεν βλέπω μέλλον). προσωπικά ελπίζω οι τοπικές μπάντες να χρησιμοποιούν όλο και περισσότερο το bandcamp.

    καλή συνέχεια στο μπλόγκ σου [θα μπορούσες να το μετατρέψεις σε review blog ;) ]

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  2. Το 'χω καταλάβει κι εγώ φίλε αυτό..Πάντως το zippyshare που λες,η αλήθεια είναι πως δεν το ήξερα και θα το τσεκάρω (thanks). Review blogs,και γενικά sites με κριτικές υπάρχουν άπειρα,και δε θα μ' άρεσε να το κάνω αυτό. Γι' αυτό και προτίμησα ένα τέτοιου είδους blog,γιατί ειλικρινά είχα βαρεθεί να διαβάζω για δίσκους που δεν έβρισκα πουθενά. Θα το συνεχίσω το blog, είτε με link που δίνει η ίδια η μπάντα για download ή με bandcamp, που συμφωνώ μαζί σου, είναι πολύ καλό. Ευχαριστώ για το ενδιαφέρον!

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