The story of the 90 mAh Trefuego – and Sony’s attempt to remove it from the web

“Does anyone know why this song is banned on Spotify?”

Why ISNT 90 mega on me Spotify NA: ‘((((‘

Why 90 millihours removed from Spotify

All comments posted on Twitter and YouTube at various points in late 2022 by fans of the viral TikTok hit.

Happy Hit, originally released in September 2019, is 90 millihours By Trefuego Arizona indie rapper.

Each of these three comments calls for the same explanation: Because Sony Music released a firm Notice of copyright notice 90 millihours to Spotify and other major platforms on August 9, 2022.

that incident It was revealed in a lawsuit, obtained by MBW, that Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Publishing filed against Trefuego in the Arizona district in December.

“Trefuego…simply stole Hinata’s music composition and vocal recording, using them without asking and without permission.”

Sony Music lawsuit

Sony Music lawsuit (read it in full here) accuses Trefuego, an insider 90 millihoursthe “blatant and willful violation” of both the vocal recording and the underlying composition on the 1986 track Thoughtsreleased by Japanese composer Toshifumi Hinata (Hinata).

Sony’s lawsuit reads: “Trefuego…simply plagiarized Hinata’s music score and vocal recordings, using them without demand and without permission, all in flagrant violation of United States copyright laws.”

He adds, “Trefuego’s infringing conduct has seriously damaged and diminished the market for Hinata’s business by falsely inferring that it endorses and/or supports Trefuego’s use of Thoughts in 90 millihours. “

If Trefuego (real name unknown) does not have pre-approved sample copyright clearance ThoughtsSony has a strong argument here: It’s hard to go wrong Violin key acceleration motif From Hinata’s path appearFrequently shaved 90 millihours.

Sony Music Pay for Damages caused by alleged copyright infringement by Trefuego via six Separate accounts – which includes both recorded music and copyrighted music – as well as any winnings, profits and benefits you receive [Trefuego] as a result of his wrongdoing.”

But this is not where this story ends.

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90mh on Spotify

In Sony’s legal complaint, filed December 22, the company notes: “Despite having notice since at least the beginning of 2021, Trefuego continued to make the infringing works available until SME issued a takedown order to digital service providers (“DSPs”). ”) on August 9, 2022.”

At first glance, this removal request appears to have worked: find Trefuego – 90 millihours on Spotify today, and the artist track will not appear.

It also does not appear on Trefuego’s official Spotify profile page, where he is credited as his biggest track Owsley brownwith 1.2 million plays to date.

Trefuego’s 90mh Not Showing Up On His Spotify Profile Page After Sony Music Takedown Request August 2022

However, if you have directly Trefuego URL 90 millihours On Spotify, which is easily discoverable on a Google search, you can still find the track—both in Spotify’s web player and its desktop app.

According to this still available Spotify tracking page, 90 millihours has been played over 172 million times In service until now.

This is where things start to get a little weird.

Trefuego’s track page for 90mh clearly shows that it has racked up over 172 million plays to date

Trefuego’s recording 90 millihours It seems it was re-uploaded to Spotify last Thursday (5 January 2023) five months after requesting removal from Sony in August.

Oddly enough, this re-upload came across a different ‘artist’ on Spotify: Burak XD. This is a BurakXD “version” of 90 millihours he Searchable within Spotify.

On the BurakXD page, 90 millihours attributed to both (p) And (c)For example, ownership of the copyright should be attributed to the particular artist Urelia Records.

Curiously, the 90mh track uploaded from BurakXD has exactly the same number of supported streams as Not searchable Transcript of the song on Trefuego’s artist page – indicates a metadata link between the BurakXD upload and Trefuego’s “official” version.

largely as a result of 90 millihours Popular, BurakXD currently has over 226,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

that additional Copy of Trefuego’s 90 millihours – audibly identical to BurakXD’s version – recently uploaded by another artist on Spotify as well.

Reno’s upload of the track can also be searched for on Spotify, and he currently has over 371,000 plays on the platform.

This time, Reno claims the song’s copyright — via A.J (c) 417,349 DK records Credit on Spotify.

Renault’s 90 mph “version” was uploaded in December and has over 371,000 plays to date.

So what’s going on?

You could look at the same thing Lax metadata protection On Spotify that MBW highlighted in an investigative analytics article last summer — through which enterprising “artists” seemed to reap royalties from the popularity of others on the service?

Bottom line: Don’t expect Sony Music – five months after issuing a legal copyright takedown request – to be pleased with Trefuego’s continued easy availability. 90 millihours on Spotify, complete with the (alleged) offending Hinata form.

The top two search results for “90mh” on Spotify are attributed to BurakXD and Reno. It appears to be a duplicate of Trefuego’s recording. Trefuego’s artist page also linked to the search, although removal was requested from Sony Music in August 2022.

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90mh on TikTok and YouTube

It’s not just Spotify that continues to host Trefuego 90 millihoursAs for.

Within the lawsuit filed against Trefuego in December, Sony Music wrote: “Since its launch, [90mh’s recording and underlying composition] It has been featured in over 155,000 videos on TikTok alone, has had over 100 million streams on Spotify, and has nearly 10 million views on YouTube. “

However, despite Sony’s attempt to remove the track’s blanket copyright, it is still widely available via TikTok today.

According to ChartMetric data analyzed by MBW, the top 1,000 TikTok videos feature Trefuego’s 90 millihours It was played collectively over 354 million times on the ByteDance platform.

It includes still videos with multiple millions of plays, including this (37 million views so far), this (29 million views), and this (17 million).

Trefuego’s most popular 90mh TikTok video has over 37 million plays and over 2 million likes

Finally, on YouTube – just like on Spotify – 90 millihours It does not appear on Trefuego’s official page.

The track can be found, though: one user-uploaded YouTube video featuring the song has had over 8 million views; The last 6.3 million views.

To be clear, these still-available recordings of Trefuego’s track have not surfaced because Sony Music’s legal case is coming to a close: Trefuego has yet to respond, either directly or through his attorneys, to the lawsuit.

Conversely, in late December, the Arizona District Court issued a subpoena against Trefuego to his home in Arizona. It read: “If you fail to respond, judgment will be entered by default against you for the dispensation sought therein [Sony’s] complaint.”

Quarrels with rights holders to illegal use of samples has long been an unsightly but necessary job for the legal departments of the major record companies—who are, after all, there to protect the value of their copyrights, and the value of their artists’ rights.

However, Trefuego’s story 90 millihours It may indicate a particularly ominous sign for record companies in the modern business.

It’s been nearly two decades since the music industry has had to figure out how to combat widespread music copyright infringement by consumers. For the labels, that battle preceded a lucrative streaming era 99.99% Their music is monetized legally through licensed digital partners.

However, what happens when one or some of the Millions Of today’s indie artists uploading a valuable copyright infringing track – leaving music rights holders dependent on the same licensed digital partners to clean up the mess?

On Trefuego’s Guides 90 millihoursIt’s a messier process than posters might hope.

As the old saying goes, once something appears on the Internet – no matter how much you want to remove it from existence – it is there forever.Music business around the world

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