Earlier today, the Californian based site Digital Music News claimed to that "SoundCloud is now preparing to impose serious restrictions on the upload of all DJ mixes, according to a source with close knowledge of the company’s plans."
The recent tightening of copyright restrictions on Soundcloud has been widely documented, with numerous accounts being deleted with little or no warning. Here at Ransom Note we find ourselves beiong forced into challenging take down notices on a near daily basis. Now it looks like there's more trouble ahead - particularly for those of us who regularly upload mixtapes to the website.
"Recently-inked deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment seem to be intensifying the level of policing happening on the site. “I don’t think the DJs are going to be happy,” the source relayed to Digital Music News last week. “Probably piss off a lot of subscribers too.”"
Whether Soundcloud can survive the negative publicity this will bring remains to be seen- our instinct is probably not; in the digital world giants have toppled time and again, as Lycos, Napster and Myspace all discovered to their detriment. Whether this news is true or not remains to be seen, but given the increasingly strict approach to copyright Soundcloud has delivered in recent years, we find it all too easy to believe. At the least, our advice would be to back up your favourite mixtapes...
Since publishing this piece, Soundcloud have been in touch with the following statement:
"The story has no truth to it. At SoundCloud, we're on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud's creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us. We have no plans to start proactively removing all mixes."