Google Pulls Plug On Several Blogger Pages For DMCA Violations

The folks at Google are a busy bunch — in the same day that they made your Gmail contact list a public matter with their Facebook wannabe Google Buzz, they pulled the plug without warning on a handful of popular music blogs in their blogger.com network for alleged violations of that holiest of Internet grails, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

While Google would not comment on any specific sites that were taken down in recent days, they did issue a statement:

“Last summer, we updated our enforcement of the DMCA. Our current policy is that when we receive a DMCA complaint, we:

• Notify the blogger about the complaint by e-mail and on the Blogger dashboard.
• Reset the offending post to ‘draft’ status, allowing the blogger to remove the offending content.
• Send a copy of the complaint to ChillingEffects.org.

When we receive multiple DMCA complaints about the same blog, and have no indication that the offending content is being used in an authorized manner, we will remove the blog.”

There is an appeals process that can be taken by blogs that feel they’ve been unjustly caught up in this latest DMCA manhunt. But several of the more popular sites have already chosen to move to new URLs.

A quick note about music blog removals [Blogger Buzz]