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Duplicate "official" accounts created for artists on my label.

  • 30 December 2016
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I run a small record label. I recently noticed that a duplicate SoundCloud account has been set up for every artist that I've released tracks from, and the tracks of theirs I've released have been uploaded, in some cases with tracks of theirs from other labels. Example:
Stephen Lopkin's actual SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-lopkin
The fake page: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-lopkin-official

Kurt Baggaley: https://soundcloud.com/scape-one
https://soundcloud.com/kurtbaggaley

Marvis Dee: https://soundcloud.com/727
Fake page: https://soundcloud.com/marvisdee

Has anyone else experienced this? What is the possible purpose of these fake accounts? Short of messaging all of them myself and getting my artists to, what can be done to close them?

Thanks in advance.
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Best answer by Talahachi 3 January 2017, 14:53

Mystery solved. I did both a Copyright Infringement report and an Impersonation report about the specific account which was posting all the tracks I've released under an alias on my own label. (My url is just the alias, theirs is the alias plus "official").
The reply email from SoundCloud was that the account was set up by my digital distributor so they couldn't take the tracks down for copyright because the distributor is my rights manager. I need to contact them about deleting these accounts they've set up. There are around twelve of them in total which need to be removed. It seems a pointless gesture to have set these up since they haven't added buy links which could bring them a bit of business. Also the accounts look spammy by having no picture or profile info, so if someone is searching for an artist's page it will be obvious which is the genuine one.
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I'm one of the artists this has happened to. The use of "official" in the thread title was because these fake accounts often use the word "official" in the URL, as with the Stephen Lopkin one listed above. The fake account posting my track: https://soundcloud.com/rodneybennettofficial
That's my URL with "official" added.
Mystery solved. I did both a Copyright Infringement report and an Impersonation report about the specific account which was posting all the tracks I've released under an alias on my own label. (My url is just the alias, theirs is the alias plus "official").
The reply email from SoundCloud was that the account was set up by my digital distributor so they couldn't take the tracks down for copyright because the distributor is my rights manager. I need to contact them about deleting these accounts they've set up. There are around twelve of them in total which need to be removed. It seems a pointless gesture to have set these up since they haven't added buy links which could bring them a bit of business. Also the accounts look spammy by having no picture or profile info, so if someone is searching for an artist's page it will be obvious which is the genuine one.
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Do your artists have their own individual SoundCloud accounts as well? I'm trying to setup a 'small label' account and have all my artists under that page, but some of them already have their own accounts.

Thanks.

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