I AM FUEL, YOU ARE FRIENDS

...we've got the means to make amends. I am lost, I'm no guide, but I'm by your side. (Pearl Jam, Leash)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Something frustrating this way comes

Sorry for the inconvenience, all the music hosted on my server is currently unavailable. I am in the process of being shaken down by The Man for a track that I cross-posted recently that was offered as a legal download on a certain band's website through a pop-up for the committed fans. Apparently no one told the RIAA this and they're going after the little guy (or little gal, as it may be).

My tech supporter Paul told me last night through the customer service line that my server should be back up in "12-24 hours." Let's hope we can get this straightened out soon.

In happier news, I also just crossed the 2 millionth hit mark last night. A sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you for reading what I have to say, and for being such kind and wonderful folks.

24 Comments:

At August 14, 2007 8:53 AM, Blogger The Rules said...

Sorry to hear that. Doesn't the RIAA just make you YEARN to be one of their loyal customers? *ugh*

Hope everything gets sorted out really soon!

 
At August 14, 2007 9:46 AM, Anonymous Chad said...

Heather -

Congratulations on hitting the 2 million mark!

What a worthless hassle! Music fans enjoy your site because you introduce advanced or new content. This inspires listeners to purchase music! No wonder CD sales are so POOR. I can't imagine the reason RIAA?

 
At August 14, 2007 9:46 AM, Blogger Gray Charles said...

Stand by, we're busy trying to kill the music industry. Your patience is appreciated in this matter.

- The RIAA

 
At August 14, 2007 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't get discouraged by the RIAA's incredible short-sightedness. You've got a great site, and you provide a great service for the bands whose MP3s you make available. Thanks to your site (and a few select others like it) I've bought three albums in the last few weeks from bands I'd never have heard of if it weren't for the free MP3s they provided, and you introduced me to.

The music industry will survive the MP3 era BECAUSE of sites like this, not in spite of them. Hope you're back up soon!

 
At August 14, 2007 10:23 AM, Anonymous musicman said...

Stupid RIAA doesn't think they have any obligation to their customers, they think we're all slaves! Interesting post about morals and pricing here:

Moral Pricing

 
At August 14, 2007 10:25 AM, Blogger Mark Bean said...

Stupid RIAA.

Keep your chin up. Congrats on the 2M mark.

 
At August 14, 2007 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Counting Crows?

 
At August 14, 2007 11:36 AM, Blogger the george said...

Stick it to the man.

Your blog rocks.

 
At August 14, 2007 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work

 
At August 14, 2007 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, Counting Crows needs to stop acting like they're some big time hot shot band when they're bordering dangerously on has-beens. I have loved them for a long time but they can't sell out their latest tour of MINOR LEAGUE BALLPARKS, they haven't released anything truly amazing in years, and then they totally screw their real fans (like you) up the wazoo when you try and generate a little much-needed buzz for them.

How myopic can they BE? I am so sorry that this happened to you for this song, of all things. Couldn't they have just emailed you to ask you to take down the file? How do they even have the RIGHT to take down your whole server anyways.

 
At August 14, 2007 4:31 PM, Anonymous deb said...

Congratulations Heather on your 2 millionth mark. I'll be thinking of you. Take care.

 
At August 14, 2007 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fight!!!
For your Right!!!

To Parrrrtayyy!!!

 
At August 14, 2007 6:48 PM, Anonymous Aaron said...

heather,

sorry to hear about the hassle. The RIAA is fighting a losing battle, and I for one will be elated to see them shrivel and die. Your site is fantastic, and I am glad to be a part of those 2 million hits. Congratulations on the acheivement and good luck with the RIAA. Don't let the bastards drag you down.

 
At August 14, 2007 6:55 PM, Blogger aikin said...

When the kick in your front door, how you gonna come / With your hands on your head or on the trigger of your gun....

*******

Congrats on 2 million! Awesome!

 
At August 14, 2007 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 2 million hits! It's coz you're so awesome! Love the tunes. Hope the RIAA gets their rocks off, and lets you go back to spreadin' the love!

 
At August 14, 2007 8:34 PM, Anonymous jennings said...

Sorry that you're dealing with this . . . this is half the reason rbally is on hiatus (the other half is another story).

Record companies suck, plain and simple . . .

Anyway, keep on, keep on . . . .

 
At August 14, 2007 10:30 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

"This is not a conquering
I am not conquered
Even as the helicopters come for me"

-Mason

 
At August 14, 2007 10:50 PM, Blogger heather said...

You guys are awesome. Thanks.

 
At August 15, 2007 5:16 AM, Anonymous Sybil said...

No, Heather, YOU are awesome! Thanks so much for everything you do and for putting up with this recent bullcaca. Fight the power!

 
At August 15, 2007 10:16 AM, Blogger J_Schooly said...

I've only been visiting your site for the past couple months or so, but now I don't know what I did w/o it before, and the downloadable content is definitely a major part of it (the recent Stripes and PJ were esp. awesome). This is one of the best music sites I read, so congrats on 2 million and its well-deserved. I really appreciate what an honest fan you are, as opposed to the snarkiness found so many other places.
Thanks for everything so far, and here's to another 2 million!

 
At August 16, 2007 12:07 AM, Blogger Little Dynamite said...

nathan...i couldn't have said it better myself...

the minnesotan in me says yes to that...

congrats heather!

 
At August 16, 2007 12:59 AM, Blogger Trini said...

You truly inspire others. Congrats, best music blog I've come across.

 
At August 18, 2007 11:27 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Just recently returned from vaca in San Fran to my home in So Cal. Missed your site while I was gone - congrats on the 2M'r, your mp3 site is by far and above the very best in existence today. The RIAA should be PAYING YOU for all the hard work and promotion instead of harassing. What I love the most is when the PR dept doesn't communicate with the legal dept. Oh wait, that happens all the time. Congrats again Heather!

 
At August 21, 2007 11:15 AM, Anonymous Phreeling said...

Chin up.

 

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