ThisIsBooksMusic.com is not a haven for unauthorized files. MP3′s and links to files of full albums are approved by their publicists/media person and the artists themselves. I will also post embedded code for artists and labels who have music to share for streaming and/or downloading through websites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, among others. I’m posting this note because I had uploaded an MP3 to Mediafire to specifically share with my readers. A complaint was received from a company in England stating that the track had a watermark they had created for that file, and they requested that Mediafire remove it immediately. Mediafire then chose to delete my account. Doing a bit of research, I discovered that:
1) the MP3 I was given was created by the publicist
2) the band did not work with the company, nor did it have a watermark
Mediafire users are allowed to file a counter-claim, but I was given an e-mail today which states what I already knew: my account has been suspended. No detail, no explanation, no anything. For Mediafire, end of story.
If I ever upload any MP3′s that I’m unauthorized to share, I would remove it immediately, without question. I do not share anything and everything that I receive, this website is not a free-for-all. The core of this website has been my writing, but it also has a wealth of articles, news items, and reviews, but this is a music website, and again, I have passed along music where I have permission to do so. I will continue to post links and embed players to websites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp, but I will no longer do any uploading any files you give me, even with your permission. Hosting them elsewhere is easy and simple, so please do so.