FEATURE: Google deletes The Pop Cop… another blog gone.

You can read up on the full story here, but it appears, yet again, that Google have taken down another prominent music blog.

What’s worse is that it appears that the author of The Pop Cop complied with all of Google’s take-down requests in a prompt manner, yet still got removed from their service.

Here’s an excerpt from the full story:

Please email Google – support@blogger.com – and demand that The Pop Cop blog gets reinstated so I can at least get three years of my life back and move the content elsewhere. If I don’t win this fight, I’m not sure I can bring myself to start from scratch.

If we can give enough support and get this blog back up, or at least get the author a copy of their work, we’ll be doing the blogging community a great service. If you were in this situation, you’d want all the support you could get. Let’s let Google know how we feel and support a fellow music-blogger.

A copy of my e-mail is as follows:

To whom it may concern,

It’s come to my attention that Scottish music blog "The Pop Cop" has currently been removed from your Blogger service.

According to your own terms and conditions, because The Pop Cop REMOVED all of the material which had complaints in a prompt manner, then those instances should NOT count as violations. As such, there should be no reason to remove The Pop Cop from your Blogger service.

The Pop Cop was clearly a relevant and culturally important music blog, especially in the Scotland area. If you could reinstate The Pop Cop, or even provide the author with a copy of all of their work in a .xml format, it would help show that you have a degree of common sense in the face of unfair circumstances. The author complied with all of your take-down requests, and has done nothing wrong.

Thanks for your consideration,

Jeremy Stevens

You can also join the Facebook group to support The Pop Cop here.


2 thoughts on “FEATURE: Google deletes The Pop Cop… another blog gone.

  1. When will google realise that music bloggers are promoting bands so people can go and buy their music. If poeple wanted to download a ton of music they would go to The Pirate Bay and not blogs.
    The pop cop was an awesome blog and I discovered some great bands through it. Looks like it’s tine to start sending the angry emails

    1. That’s true. But even from a completely objective and legal point of view, The Pop Cop did nothing wrong. They removed any material that Google requested they remove, and so there shouldn’t be any violations against the blog’s name.
      It’s a pain the arse though. A lot of blogs are gonna end up coming over to WordPress or becoming self-hosted.

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