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Mega: “The IFPI Isn’t Doing Their Homework and Can’t Be Trusted”

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Cloud storage / file sharing service Mega went public in New Zealand earlier this year. The service was founded by Kim Dotcom. He resigned from his position as Director last year, but his wife owns 26.5 percent of the company (as of March 2014).

Now, Mega’s Chief Compliance Officer Stephan Hall tells TorrentFreak that Mega received an incorrect takedown notice from the IFPI. This normally wouldn’t receive any attention… except this time, the takedown notice targeted Kim Dotcom’s album Good Times.

The album is available for streaming on Kim Dotcom’s Baboom, or via (legitimate) free download on Mega.

The IFPI’s takedown notice allegedly said the album might have infringed upon “David Bisbal, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Alejandro Sanz, VA, U2, Cesar Menotti E Fabiano, Cartel De Santa, Craig David, Green Day, Duncan Dhu, Playa Limbo, Ricardo Aronja“.

Mega also says they received a separate notice on August 18th, claiming that Good Times infringed on Kimbra’s The Golden Echo.

Hall said:

“This is an indication that someone at the IFPI is not doing their homework and that their takedown notices in general cannot be trusted”

As a result of the recent takedown notice, the album was removed from Mega for about a day. TorrentFreak contacted Kim Dotcom, who had the album put back up.

I’ve contacted the IFPI for comment, and will update when/if they respond.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Comments (12)
  1. Anonymous

    Yawn, another torrentfreak story…


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  2. kimble schiss

    “The IFPI’s takedown notice allegedly said the album might have belonged to “David Bisbal, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Alejandro Sanz, VA, U2, Cesar Menotti E Fabiano, Cartel De Santa, Craig David, Green Day, Duncan Dhu, Playa Limbo, Ricardo Aronja“.”

    so the whole album of him is full of stolen samples/melodies? .-)


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    1. Anonymous

      “so the whole album of him is full of stolen samples/melodies? .-)”

      My god, I hope that’s true. :)

      That would kill him in court.


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      1. Nina Ulloa

        nope. i’ve heard it. it wasn’t remarkable… but wasn’t stolen.


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        1. Anonymous

          Don’t you have better things to do than defending criminals, Nina?


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  3. TuneHunter

    IFPI is more confused than RIAA. As you scroll thru their reports or just website you can see naive entity or just outright agency of Daniel Ek and his Spotify.

    No hope for music industry from this organization.


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  4. kaboon

    after listening to the album the quote should probably read “this an indication someone at IFPI is doing their homework and has a sense of humor and can be trusted”


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      i don’t think sending incorrect takedown notices is a good joke


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  5. franky

    this is no mistake! the album contains stolen arrangements.


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  6. Willis

    Mega boring.


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  7. Dan

    “Mega’s Chief Compliance Officer Stephan Hall” – wow I can’t even believe crooks give themselves such fancy job titles.

    Wow out of the millions of takedown notices IFPI etc send they’ve managed to fuck one up – yes let’s report on that rather than the fact that even after millions of take down notices criminal websites (including Google) are still linking to criminal content on the web.


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    1. Anonymous

      “out of the millions of takedown notices IFPI etc send they’ve managed to fuck one up – yes let’s report on that”

      Indeed. Let’s blame the victim — it’s not enough that they have to spend time and money defending themselves against criminals.


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