If you’re friends with any producers on Facebook, there’s a good chance you saw at least one of them complaining about SoundCloud this morning. A number of producers, a total we haven’t even begun to calculate yet, have been struck with a bevy of copyright strikes, most of them dubstep producers.
Among those affected were Mastadon, Slimez, Subtronics, Xaebor, Ubur and Wooli. There are likely many more who haven’t yet made the news public or perhaps even more coming. We don’t know.
It seems that the takedowns are a result of a malicious third party who is claiming copyright on songs not belonging to them. There’s currently no way for SoundCloud users to dispute directly with whoever has claimed copyright, so it’s near impossible to accurate track down whoever might be committing this nefarious act. However, evidence points to an account calling itself “DR EGG” which has been leaving strange comments with many of the producers affected by this incident.
While anger and frustration should of course be directed at this unknown perpetrator, a fair amount of producers are also bringing to light SoundCloud’s own ineffective security and clearance process. A statement from SVDDEN DEATH given exclusively to Your EDM reads, “SoundCloud is ruining the dubstep community by allowing anyone to claim a song as their own and remove it from existence. Until they fix their take down policy, I will no longer be uploading songs to this platform.”
A petition has been started on Change.org in an attempt to bring light to SoundCloud’s floundering and often ineffective copyright system. Sign here if you wish to add your voice to the discussion.
A statement from SoundCloud to Your EDM states, “Our takedown notification process is designed to respect copyright, and it is our policy to review all infringement claims per the guidelines outlined in our Help Center.
“Upon review, we have determined these copyright claims are not valid, and are happy to report we’ve reinstated all affected content.”
someone just false copyright striked ALL of my songs that are 100% me and now they are gone on my pro account I’ve spent…
9 of my songs were taken down from SoundCloud overnight for copyright claims. I am at a total loss for words. Years of…
So literally every tune I've uploaded to Soundcloud this year just got taken down fuck my life
— MASTADON (@mastadontunes) November 15, 2018
So basically all my songs where just deleted off SoundCloud UHHHHHHH yeah it’s happened to basically everyone I know at this point and SoundCloud is essentially dead so I’m not really even shook tbh
Would be sick if they came back tho
— SUBTRAWNIKZ (@Subtronics) November 15, 2018
In light of recent soundcloud events x ive taken all of my music off all of my accounts for the time being. they'll all be up in the next week along with a new tune
— xaebor (@XaeboR) November 15, 2018
Hey so @SoundCloud looks like somebody mass copyright striked my account is there somebody I can speak to because this is a false flag and Im going through the process right now to fix all of this pic.twitter.com/5piKVQytss
— UBUR (@uburdub) November 15, 2018
Apparently some kid is going around getting songs removed from Soundcloud right now. One of them was my collab with @mastadontunes . Hopefully it gets resolved soon. Poor elephants :/ They will March again
— BRIDDIM BOY🐘 (@woolimusic) November 14, 2018
I’m at the point where that until SoundCloud changes their copyright take down policy my self releases will only be ~45 sec. of audio and full on all other streaming platforms
— SVDDEN DEATH (@svddendeathdub) November 15, 2018
SoundCloud is dying and it’s trying to take dubstep with it lol
— HEROBUST (@Herobust) November 15, 2018