Nigel D (RealTalkNY.net): “I feel it was a matter of time until certain sites would be taken down. Some blogs are excessive with the posting of MP3s, and any site that only posts MP3s can’t expect to exist very long. With that said there needs to be a process for taking down sites, warnings should be first sent and if changes aren’t made the site should be taken down. Labels need to step up and let blogs know what is appropriate to post and what is not. Things get sketchy when songs are sent from labels, marketing companies and/or artists. While labels might not need blogs for their huge artist, the majority of artist need the blogs for exposure.
John Gotty (SmokingSection.net): “While there’s ambiguity in the law, I understand the strategic legal move by both parties—the government and music labels. Still, it’s counterproductive when you consider that the involved groups could all work together to benefit artists and improve the music industry’s declining physical health. Instead of pitting themselves against each other, labels and music sites could do much more for the greater good by working together to properly promote deserving musicians and likely do it at a fraction of the cost associated with legal fees.”
Blogxilla (GlobalGrind.com): “The ICE raids make my stomach turn. How dare they attack hip-hop blogs for doing the work of the people! Yeah, I said it, the work of the people. We get music out, tell people what’s hot, what’s not and most of the stuff we post comes from the labels directly. It’s really upsetting and it’s telling people you cannot make a living because we will shut you down. On the low though I can’t understand how they can shut down Dajaz1.com and OnSmash.com yet cannot do anything about these Wikileaks crap. If anyone I know dies in service of this country I’m going to blame ICE for shutting down Splash and not Wikileaks. #AssBackwards.”
Navjosh (HipHop-N-More.com): “I think last week’s developments have definitely sent some shockwaves through the hip-hop blog community. In today’s world, blogs are the ultimate platform for any artist to promote and showcase his/her music to the world and their importance has been invaluable in the past few years towards amelioration of the quality of music. Drake, B.o.B, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa and others would have probably never experienced the kind of success they are enjoying right now if it wasn’t for the hip-hop blogs.
Though I do think that piracy has somewhat affected the music industry in an adverse way since the explosion of the Internet, shutting down an entire website for a few copyright violations without a show cause notice or a prior warning is unjustified to the core and not the solution to the problem we are facing. Rather there should be better standards and laws drafted to tackle copyright infringements in a way that the music lovers, website owners, music labels and the government agencies can all live together in a sound environment. Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.”