Google Deletes Music Blogs, Prompts a Twitter Upheaval http://mashable.com/2010/02/11/musicblogocide-2010/ Google has deleted six of the most popular Blogger-based music blogs on the web (including their entire archives) in an effort to combat online music piracy. The move comes in response to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down notices. According to The Guardian, the deletions were performed without clear notice, and bloggers are insisting that they did not host any owned content without permission. The sites shut down were using Google?s (Google) Blogger (blogger) service; they included I Rock Cleveland, It?s a Rap, Living Ears, To Die By Your Side, Masala and Pop Tarts. Each was dedicated to introducing music fans to new songs and genres they might not otherwise experience, usually from obscure and independent artists. MP3 downloads were often included with blog posts, but bloggers have claimed that nothing they?ve uploaded recently has violated copyright laws. For example, I Rock Cleveland owner Bill Lipold claims that all the MP3s served up on his blog in the past two years were either publicly released promotional tracks or provided by the labels or artists. The take-downs have angered social media and music enthusiasts, who have started using the hashtag #musicblogocide2010 on Twitter in tweets voicing disapproval of Google?s actions.