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IFPI takes down Kim Dotcom’s album from Kim Dotcom’s online storage service

By | Published on Friday 5 September 2014

Kim Dotcom

It’s hard to catch a break when you’re in the copyright protection game. There’s always someone on hand to give you a little push every time you trip up on something.

Examples? Oh, well there was that time when Dutch collecting society BUMA/STEMRA was taken to court because the music in an anti-piracy video put on DVDs in The Netherlands wasn’t properly licensed. Or when it turned out the BPI and RIAA websites were both breaking the terms and conditions of a script they were using. Or, best of all, that time France’s Hadopi office used an unlicensed font for its logo.

This latest hiccup doesn’t feature a copyright group infringing copyright itself, but it does nonetheless fire the irony metre pretty high up the charge. TorrentFreak noticed this week that the IFPI had issued a takedown notice against Kim Dotcom’s album. On the Kim Dotcom-owned ‘online storage’ service, Mega.

Which is the kind of takedown mistake you really don’t want to make (even if it was quickly reversed). It means TorrentFreak can get straight on the line to Mega’s Chief Compliance Officer (apparently a thing) Stephan Hall for a quote.

“It’s clearly an incorrect takedown request”, said Hall. “This is an indication that someone at the IFPI is not doing their homework and that their takedown notices in general cannot be trusted”.

In the interests of fairness, we asked the IFPI for clarification that this all actually happened and, if so, why. We’ve had no response as yet.