So a few days ago, I made a post about one of my Team Rocket audio posts being taken down for nonsensical copyright infringement. I did contact Tumblr support, and this is what they said, copy-pasted below.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. To clarify, the email you received was not implying that the removed blog post from your account featured all those artists. It just meant that the post on your account was part of a larger group of posts, in which the artists mentioned int eh email were featured.
However, we understand your dilemma, as the post in question seemed to feature a sound clip of someone voicing Team Rocket from the Pokemon TV series.
Please read the information below for more information.
We have received the DMCA notification below regarding the posts located at:
They then showed me a list of completely unrelated links from different Tumblrs that had NO association with my post or my Tumblr.
So here’s the thing. The only possible way my post could’ve been linked to these posts is if one of those Tumblrs reblogged my Team Rocket post, and it was lumped in with the other audio posts on the Tumblr. This is not confirmed, but this is the only way I could see it being included.
If true, then what I’ve learned is:
1. Groups like the IFPI that send out DMCA copyright complaints do NOT check to see if every post in their list is actually copyright infringement.
2. Tumblr does NOT double-check to make sure that your posts are actually copyright infringement and instead takes the word of the IFPI.
3. Tumblr immediately removes your content without checking with you to make sure it is copyright infringement.
4. Potentially, if your post is reblogged by someone who happens to have copyright infringing material on their Tumblr, YOU can be punished for it and have your content taken away. Again, this is not confirmed, but this is the only way I could see my post being included.
If true, though, this is not acceptable.
I will let you know what happens if they respond.
This is such BS! I hope this gets resolved on a positive note, but it seems like Tumblr isn’t being incredibly understanding.