Is MySpace Stealing Artists’ Music?

Is MySpace Stealing Artists’ Music?

“Oops”. Thats the word echoing around the MySpace offices this week. The website is already under attack for using artists’ music without their permission.


It’s not individual artists who are making the claim, but a UK agency called Merlin who represent bands like Arcade Fire (fantastic band FYI) and Vampire Weekend (another great group). Apparently the OLD Myspace (not to be confused with the NEW MySpace) had a deal with them about playing their groups’ music online, but that expired over a year ago.

Arcade Fire



Vampire Weekend


Hence the “Oops”.

While the team at Merlin said they don’t see “ignorance as justification for piracy” I have a feeling that old Timberlake will be able to sort this out/sweep it under the new Myspace rug pretty quickly. This is probably the most international coverage Merlin have ever gotten for their bands, so they’ll come around to the ‘ignorance is OK’ way soon enough.

Have you signed up to the new MySpace? What are your thoughts? Is Justin on to something, or can we do without it?

Dani McAllen is a free spirit who left the sunny shores of Australia in 2008 for a life filled with adventure. Since then, she has lived in London and Paris, travelled Europe extensively, and started multiple blogs. She works in Social Media and is currently completing a thesis on Social Media in New Zealand. Never one to sit still for long, she is putting her roots down for the time being in Auckland. Passionate about the online world and its potential, Dani can be found writing for multiple websites, and blogging at Feel free to contact her via Twitter or email for a chat.

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