Music streaming service SoundCloud has been under fire from its user base recently as accounts have been being purged due to copyright claims. Even EDM's white knight Kaskade has had his music taken down.
This week, news broke that Universal Music has complete freedom to remove what ever it feels is infringing against it's copyrights.
Mr. Brainz, a premium SoundCloud account holder who frequently posts podcasts, had his account terminated due to copyright claims from Universal.
In a response to an inquiry why his account was taken down, SoundCloud writes:
"Your uploads were removed directly by Universal. This means that SoundCloud had no control over it, and they don't tell us which part of your upload was infringing"
"The control of removing content is completely with Universal. This means I can't tell you why they removed your uploads and not others, and you would really need to ask them that question."
Today, Mixmag.net, who continued with the story after it broke via Do Androids Dance, received and published the following statement from SoundCloud directly:
As a responsible hosting platform, we work hard to ensure that everyone's rights are respected. In the case of rights holders, that means having processes in place to ensure that any content posted without authorisation is removed quickly and efficiently.
In the case of users, that means having separate processes in place to ensure that any content removed in error can be reinstated equally quickly. If any user believes that content has been removed in error - for example, because they had the necessary permissions from Universal Music and/or any other rights holder - then they are free to dispute the takedown."
You can read the article on Do Androids Dance that broke this news here.