News: Mega Online Mixtape Distributor Pressured By RIAA, Shuts Down
Friday, Dec 19, 2008 8:25AM
According to Tech Crunch, the online website known for allowing people to create and share their own playlists via songs found on a specified MP3 search engine will close their active operations.
"We've put a year of work into Mixwit so this choice wasn't taken lightly," the site's disclaimer reads. "We're very grateful to have been part of the mixtape revival of '08 and are satisfied to bow out while things are still good."
Helping jumpstart the popularity of playlists and helping record setting singles like Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" and Flo Rida's "Get Low" receive increased exposure, the site's founder Michael Christoff claims future pressure from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made the choice inevitable.
"We've explored all options, including becoming fully-licensed, and we decided that the time commitment and economics just don't make sense, particulary with the economy the way it is," Christoff told Tech Crunch. "We thought about continuing with Mixwit as a company, but we could never get assurance that the future of Mixwit would not be hurt by the perceived liabilities of its past so we decided it was time to shut things down."
Mixwit's functions will remain active through Saturday, December 27.
In related news, the RIAA has decided to shift its focus from filing piracy lawsuits against individuals using peer-to-peer websites and will begin suing those involved in uploading the actual copyrighted music.
According to Billboard, the organization will now work with popular downloading sites by sending warning e-mails when they take notice of illegal music being uploaded to the service. Upon receipt of the notice, the site will then be required to either inform the suspected user to stop or, after additional messages, cut off the user's access.