Blog Shut Down for Posting The Cool Leak
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Stumbled across this from Brooklyn Vegan about a blogger being forced to shut his site down by Atlantic Records for posting a leak to Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. From what I’m hearing, this is more than the simple “cease and desist” order trying to get a link removed, this is an outright takedown.
Well as you know all good things must come to an end. Today my end has arrived. This morning I have received an email from Atlantic Records, and they have ordered me to remove this website immediately. The recent post of Lupe Fiasco’s “The Cool” (HQ Webrip) has been removed due to representatives telling me to take them down. This blog has become part of my life, but today I must let it go for good. To anyone posting albums be careful because there is a fault in piracy, and you can be at risk. You can test the product, but if you don’t support, the artists suffer dramatically. I would like to thank all the bloggers for visiting my blog, and all the people who have supported the blog. For a farewell song listen to Jay-Z’s “Encore” because I will be back incorporating my skills some place in the music industry. From the bottom of my heart Young Kingz P.S. To all the bloggers, I say farewell! My blog will shut down tomorrow afternoon.
Whoa. I don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand, Artists and record labels are in a for profit business and gotta protect their product. On the other hand most leaks originate that the source, and a lot of them come from record labels or artists themselves to generate buzz about a particular project, and shutting down every mom and pop blog doesn’t seem to be the answer.
Having that said, if my blog were going to get shut down, I would rather it be from a quality leak like American Gangster rather than The Cool, which is slowly becoming the most disappointing release of the year for me (but I’m going to save my official opinion for when the album drops this Tuesday). (from Lupe the Fiasco, Brooklyn Vegan)