Fraudulent Music Uploads to Streaming Platforms Generate $ 60,000

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Leaks are a problem that has plagued the entire world of digital music.

According to a new report, the problem is now seriously affecting streaming platforms, with imposters publishing music by famous artists using fake names. Some of those operators are making large sums of money.

According to an article in Pitchfork, these imposters are using legitimate digital music distribution services (aggregators) to be able to fulfill their mission. These platforms allow independent artists to distribute their songs on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, although that opens up the possibility of misdeeds.

While it is true that distribution services and streaming platforms prohibit uploading material belonging to another person, this has not stopped the impostors from continuing to upload unpublished songs by great artists through fake names and invented song titles.

“Artists face the possibility that imposters upload fake music using their official profiles, and stolen music be uploaded using fake names. And of course, there would be human errors when it comes to detecting these charges ” says Noah Yoo from Pitchfork. "Meanwhile, fans have found where they can find songs uploaded illegally under another name."

An anonymous imposter cited in the report says that last year Tunecore and Distrokid paid together almost $ 60,000 in royalties for songs belonging to others. The songs were played on both Apple Music and Spotify.

These songs belonged to artists such as Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti. While it is true that the songs were removed from the platforms, that did not prevent the imposter from receiving a significant amount of money, in some cases even up to $ 10,000 at a time.

Where these songs come from is another interesting topic. They could be espionage jobs, or cyberattacks perpetrated by others.

In response, a spokesman for Spotify said they are serious about Intellectual Property Rights very seriously, and they do not tolerate the distribution of unauthorized songs in the least. But Spotify also added that, while it is true that some people are managing to overcome the barriers they have placed, the platform is constantly being updated to improve those protections.

In other words, this is a problem that is growing much faster than the industry believes.

Jonathan Gardner of TuneCore declares in specialized media that they certainly cannot comment on specific cases of infringement, but the company responds proactively to any behavior that is considered as a copyright infringement.

“In addition to conducting a thorough evaluation of all material uploaded before it is public to any digital music service, it is also TuneCore's policy to respond explicitly to any material that is considered as a violation of copyright, removing it or eliminating access, since such material would have been uploaded using the TuneCore service, ”said Gardner.

"While it is true that we cannot talk about any specific infraction, we can say that TuneCore is committed to preventing our services from being used for such purposes and with that behavior."

Philip Kaplan, head and co-founder of DistroKid, would not comment on any specific case either, but indicated that the company had recently introduced a new technology to prevent this type of infractions cited in the article.

Apple did not comment.

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