Is this the way to end music piracy?

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A new service called Topple Track has been helping artists and labels protect their music from copyright infringement.

As a Google Trusted Copyright Program member, Topple Track can almost instantly remove search engine listings for websites that unlawfully share your content. In fact, they claim that 90% of illegal content is removed within 24 hours.

For a small fee, they’ll continue to monitor and protect your music online, sending you detailed reports along the way. You can try Topple Track for free for a limited time by using promo code TRYTOPPLE at www.toppletrack.com.

So, is this the future of online content protection? Would you use Topple Track to help end the pirating of your own tracks, or do you see file-sharing as an essential part of modern music promotion? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Grey Dread

    File sharing is here to stay, and personally, I’m glad. I don’t see how mix tapes back in the day weren’t pirating, but mp3’s are.

    • Wicasta Lovelace

      Back in the day mix tapes were made for a friend or two. That’s very different thing than putting an audio file on a web site so that anyone in the world can download it for free. Back in the day you would have had to copy audio onto a cassette and distribute it yourself at your own expense, and would have faced arrest and prosecution if you had done so. Just because it’s easier to distribute someone else’s music today doesn’t mean it’s not stealing.

  • Wayne Rose

    With a service like TT, your music doesn’t get played, so you don’t get paid. However, with a properly monetized file sharing model, see: http://songwriters.ca/whatwedo.aspx, the piracy issue becomes moot, your music continues to get played and you get paid. I prefer the latter.