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all of my tracks on soundcloud as stream only are available as free downloads on numerous other sites I never authorized. How ?


I have discovered that all of my tracks on soundcloud as stream only are available as free downloads on numerous other sites I never authorized. How is this happening?

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Hi RC Cates,

I answered this post in your other reply that you left here.

-Gina
Illegal downloads from all tracks posted at SoundCloud!

About three months ago some alarming problems were posted here by various artists, such as Rc Cates, K-OS (P-Funk Mix-Master), Yann Rumenin, Groove Chemist.
All discovered that their music (in fact all music posted at SoundCloud) without their permission was (still is) offered for free download at several sites.
Yesterday I discovered this also. So far I found the next sites:
http://www.som24horas.com.br/
http://www.top10updates.com/
http://www.enormousmp3.com/
http://www.zippyfire.com/
http://www.mp3searched.net/
http://www.saranmu.com/
http://www.laguterbaik.com/

Moderator Gina (from SoundCloud) wrote about three months ago:
All these sites have now been reported to our Trust and Safety team. Thank you for reporting these, we will take action immediately.

But these illegal sites are still on-line!

Why?
What does SoundCloud do to prevent that my music will be downloaded illegal?
How to protect your music from download on sites outside SoundCloud

Edit the track(s) you want to protect from download (click on the pencil)
Click on the tab Permissions
Uncheck all options
Save changes

Your track will no longer be available for download nor be playable on sites other than SoundCloud.
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How to protect your music from download on sites outside SoundCloud

Edit the track(s) you want to protect from download (click on the pencil)
Click on the tab Permissions
Uncheck all options
Save changes

Your track will no longer be available for download nor be playable on sites other than SoundCloud.

Hi Nico,

Thanks for pointing that out. I have also reached out to our Trust & Safety team again in the meantime and they recommend to report such sites directly via email - the team can be reached here.
my track is also available for download without permission on http://www.som24horas.com.br/ Will soundcloud do something about this? I talked to the administrators of som24horas and they are rude as hell, not taking any actions, because this downloads bring traffic to their site with adds! Cmon Soundcloud, fix your system!
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my track is also available for download without permission on http://www.som24horas.com.br/ Will soundcloud do something about this? I talked to the administrators of som24horas and they are rude as hell, not taking any actions, because this downloads bring traffic to their site with adds! Cmon Soundcloud, fix your system!
Hi VendadeBeats,

Thanks for reporting this on our help forum. I've forwarded your report to our Trust & Safety team now for review. If you come across another site that is providing SoundCloud tracks without permission, you can report them directly via email to our Trust & Safety team here.

Thanks again for helping with this - much appreciated!

Cheers
Mathis
my track is also available for download without permission on http://www.som24horas.com.br/ Will soundcloud do something about this? I talked to the administrators of som24horas and they are rude as hell, not taking any actions, because this downloads bring traffic to their site with adds! Cmon Soundcloud, fix your system!
this site aswell how can this happen ? http://x-songs.pk/
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Here are pages offering some of our tracks as free downloads:

http://trevx.com/yoyo-sings.html
http://trevx.com/pj%20mask.html
http://mp3goo.com/download/tom-gotti-bowled-down/

Stopping players on other sites is not going to be good for us. The entire purpose of us signing up to SoundCloud in the first place was to be able to use its embedded players in our website without having a download facility.

We would have continued using Bandcamp if downloads were going to be available. Nothing here should be downloadable, that is the whole point. We have music for sale and for download at Bandcamp. Music that is not suitable for sale, e.g. too rough or unfinished, is uploaded here for the fans of those bands.

We put our trust in Soundcloud to care for our artists' intellectual property. Why should we pay a monthly subscription to allow others to download our music for free?
yep same for me too , i have mentioned it before to sound cloud but nothing has happened and i don't know how this should actually be a thing ! please sound cloud sort it out !!!!! winkandwoo are upset by this !!!!!
my track is also available for download without permission on http://www.som24horas.com.br/ Will soundcloud do something about this? I talked to the administrators of som24horas and they are rude as hell, not taking any actions, because this downloads bring traffic to their site with adds! Cmon Soundcloud, fix your system!
I am not able to email trust and safety through that link. All of our music is available for download on other sites! This is not acceptable. http://mp3.masflowmusik.net/artist/soulmuzick13 < My WHOLE ACCOUNT IS LINKED HERE AND EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
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Here is a new page offering another of our artist's tracks as a free download:

http://mp3freex.info/playit/dark-company-bright-monsters-alpha-mix-42wyq5awsaolaw

Please would a SoundCloud representative reply to my posts, or at least acknowledge them? Otherwise we may have to withdraw our subscription and use an alternative service provider if nothing continues to be done.
Still our tracks are available on other sites as downloads , why is this , why can soundcloud let this happen it is ethically wrong , and must be routed internally , someone is to blame , please adress this asap.
also http://www.mazikona.com/artist/xervosound has all of my songs for illegal download, its in arabic, but when i translated it, i found out it had all of my music up for download when i never had them for download in the first place. Even the songs i released yesterday!
My friends also! http://www.mazikona.com/artist/lance_of_storms
Can we please get a formal answer or statement from SOUNDCLOUD regarding this disturbing matter?!! Is anyone adrdessing this problem and if so, how? and what is being done for paying Soundcloud producers?
This may have nothing to do with Soundcloud...I'm surprised nobody has pointed out that stream capturing software exists that allows users to record streaming audio whether or not the audio is available for download.

The double-edged sword of the Internet is that once you post an image or a soundfile on the Internet, it's usually pretty trivial for a motivated user to copy that content and post it somewhere else. The copied recording won't necessarily be a bit-for-bit exact copy (it could have lower fidelity, for example), but if you are running some outlaw mp3 store in China, for example, you probably don't care if the quality is degraded...you are just harvesting material to make a buck.