Reports: Muxtape Muzzled By RIAA
August 19, 2008 at 8:23 AM (PT)
Various media are reporting that the mix sharing site MUXTAPE has been shuttered until its administrators can "sort out a problem with the RIAA," according to a note that appears on the site. The note also predicts that while mixes created on-site are unavailable and new mixes cannot be made, it will reopen after "a brief period."
MUXTAPE allows users to post a mix of up to 12 songs that can be shared with a URL. It lists artists and song titles, with "buy" links under each song. However, the RIAA, which seemed to be okay with that before, is now taking a harder line. MUXTAPE could be liable for royalties for streaming the songs. What's more, users who upload songs to Muxtape are technically infringing on the copyright holder's exclusive right to make a copies of it.
The RIAA did not comment on the matter to WIRED magazine, but rumor has it that the RIAA has presented Muxtape with a list of demands, which could be for things like allowing one song uploaded per artist, or even restricting all songs to 30-second samples.