Hypedmusic shuts down after receiving cease and desist from the RIAA

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Hypedmusic is a free music streaming application that has shut down this month. Hypedmusic received a cease and desist notice from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The developer of the app, Luke Li, wrote a blog post today saying that he believed the service was legal and protected by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). He also did not to get into any litigation with the RIAA.

Li wrote this in a blog post:

?I?m 18 years old, and I definitely do not want to get sued? Again, just to reiterate: I did not make HypedMusic with the intention of infringing copyright, I thought I was operating in a legal area after seeing different, large companies do similar things. Once I saw the RIAA?s email, I complied immediately.?

Hypedmusic was available on the web, Android, and iOS to allow users to find and stream music that was hosted on services like Soundcloud, YouTube, and Tumblr. Hypedmusic could also generate playlists that were synced across devices.

Here is what the RIAA wrote in an e-mail to Li:

?By indexing, linking to, transmitting, retransmitting, providing access to, and/or otherwise assisting users in streaming and downloading infringing copies of sound recordings emanating from various unauthorized sources on the Internet, these applications are violating U.S. copyright law.?

[Source: GigaOM]