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Web Sheriff needs to work on their auditing

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 Ā«permalinkĀ»

Yesterday on Reddit, user stealer0517 posted the following link, The actual leaked 6:07 version of “Get Lucky”!, which linked to a SoundCloud track that remixed what was available of “Get Lucky” from the commercial with Rick Astley’s classic 80’s ballad, “Never Gonna Give You Up”. It was a catchy remix, a funny troll, and I made a tweet propagating the joke because I was bored and thought it was a clever remix.

Today, I received an email from Twitter informing me that Web Sheriff had issued a DMCA takedown notice to me and several other people who had made tweets pointing back to the SoundCloud track, which is also now missing. The claim was that we were linking back to, and I quote, “[…] downloads of unreleased track DAFT PUNK - “Get Lucky”.”

This doesn’t read to me as a complaint about whether or not the use of the background track was acceptable. This seems to me that, in spite of what Wikipedia refers to as “human auditing”, somebody at Web Sheriff isn’t doing their job and genuinely thought the linked Rickroll was a leaked Daft Punk track. There is no argument about Fair Use here, because the complaint has nothing to do with the remix itself.

I’m obviously not going to contest or counter-notice. It’s not worth my time; it was a silly joke tweet. But this is fucking stupid.