Warner Bros Threatens Legal Action Against Hip-Hop Sites

It seems as if the war against mixtapes is far from over. Newindustrytips.com reported yesterday (April 8) that Warner Bros. Records—home to Gucci Mane—has threatened to file copyright infringement lawsuits against several hip-hop sites for posting music by the Atlanta rapper.

One of the websites in question is coast2coastmixtapes.com, a promotional site that features mixtapes by rap and R&B’s biggest stars, like Nas, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, DJ Khaled and DJ Drama, among others.
“The funny thing is we don’t host any files on our site,” Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes CEO Kyle “Lil Fats” Hiersche told newindustrytips.com. “We help promote music to the fans and use other parties to help our efforts, meaning we don’t host any files but use providers like datpiff.com to stream music. When we we’re asked to remove all files we questioned the basis of the claims, stating that we in fact don’t host any music on the website. We like to promote music of all kinds but if Warner Bros. Records doesn’t want to be included then we will gladly stop promoting all their artists.”

Warner told XXLMag.com that the label went after sites that sell or distribute mixtapes containing copyrighted material. They also send letters to iTunes and amazon.com asking them to remove the same materials from their sites.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as the story develops. —Elan Mancini

  • Sha

    Man! When will the industry learn? The electronic revolution is here. They have no one to blame for their failures but themselves. Instead of anticipating technology and being on their game about piracy, they are crying over spilled milk. The movie industry anticipated and the result is that their movies are relatively unscathed. They still deal with the street bootlegg and a couple of online illegal downloads, but try to burn mad copies of a movie and watch how quickly they smash you. The record industry sat back and watched and for that, they deserve this.

    • http://K1ngEljay.com K1ng Eljay

      Fam. That’s GOSPEL homie. On everything, that’s EXACTLY how I feel about it. That’s real.

  • El Tico Loco

    They’ll blame everything but the music quality

  • Sharoyce Antwan

    Sha is the truth for posting that statement about the music industry needing to embrace the electronic revolution. I still dont know how itunes manage to do so well since most of the top selling single were leaked on the blogs for free download. “Nothing On You” the prime example of how beneficial filesharing could be.

  • Sharoyce Antwan

    Sha is the truth for posting that statement about the music industry needing to embrace the electronic revolution. I still dont know how itunes manage to do so well since most of the top selling single were leaked on the blogs for free download. “Nothing On You” is the prime example of how beneficial filesharing could be.

  • Worley

    WEA just doesn’t get it. First they pull all of their artists off youtube and now this BS. It’s not like they have first rate rappers over there. I will never buy a Gucci Mane or a TI album. I don’t want their albums for free either. Get it now?

  • westcoastaggie

    Apparently Warner Bros. must be mad that they can’t make money off of Gucci. All this will do is hurt Gucci’s pockets in the long run.

  • sealsaa

    Poetic justice. Any site that makes Gucci Mane’s shitty music available to the public needs to be sued.

    • http://myspace.com/gunrugladiators mav

      cosign that and gucci doesnt generate rap money because only young hood niggas listen to him an they aint buyin nobody shit tryna make him a star is a FAIL of epic proportions…im still waitn on jeezy to smash his sales yet again back to the traphouse already flopped these record companies r fuckin stupid

  • beave

    Listen, your not going to do anything Warner Bros. Maybe your CEO’s should stop buying themselves $8,000 suits and $3,000 briefcases. Listen to me Warner Bros, as a realist, YOUR NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT (NOT EVEN DENT) THE DOWNLOADING OF YOUR INFERIOR, HALF-ASSED MUSIC FROM THE INTERNET. Get with it you greedy fucks. You cater to a predominately poor audience with Gucci’s music. If your interested in making real $, put out some Opera for the corporate elites you employ. Other than that, you have to realize WE REALLY CONTROL THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. And lets be real assholes, no one wants to actually PURCHASE Gucci Mane’s music, because musically and market wise, it’s an INFERIOR PRODUCT. So keep the guns in the closet before you get nuked because this is just becoming futile for you.

    Good day. :-)

    • Soul Child

      Brother,I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • http://zomba.com honeychild

    warner needs to worry about the homosexuals raping folks at the labels, instead of this bullshit. the whole building over there at 1290 has the bug! ya heard!

  • Face Phoenix

    Sorry to say this but WB is like that double minded woman who thinks she can have her cake and eat it too. It’s something they just need to accept. Music can be streamed and duplicated in so many ways that the process of trying to stop it is futile. People have been “sharing” music this the dawn of high speed dubbing tape decks and even further back. It’s really just a waste of money to hire a kennel of legal pitbulls to patrol the yard of copyrights – it’s like putting a band aid on a gunshot wound it’s not fixing the problem. Just accept the inevitable conclusion…

  • Face Phoenix

    Sorry to say this but WB is like that double minded woman who thinks she can have her cake and eat it too. It’s something they just need to accept. Music can be streamed and duplicated in so many ways that the process of trying to stop it is futile. People have been “sharing” music since the the dawn of high speed dubbing tape decks and even further back. It’s really just a waste of money to hire a kennel of legal pitbulls to patrol the yard of copyrights – it’s like putting a band aid on a gunshot wound it’s not fixing the problem. Just accept the inevitable conclusion…

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    People it ain’t just Warner. Don’t you guys see how most of the sites have Mediafire or Usershare links instead of music stream players? And most rappers are on Universal?

    Warner is just the one who is willing to take you to court. The other labels will either send a cease and desist letter or holler at your FTP provider and shut your site down.

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Hip-Hop Community – 1
    Warner Bros. – 0

    I wouldn’t care if the entire “industry” washed their hands of Hip-Hop music. The music will still get to the masses, videos will still get made and acts will still go on tour. Would it be on a smaller scale? Sure. It used to be that way anyway. No more push backs, censorship or this latest douchery that WB is trying to pull.

    Don’t worry, Hip-Hop would be alright.

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Hip-Hop Community – 1
    Warner Bros. – 0

    I wouldn’t care if the entire “industry” washed their hands of Hip-Hop music. The music will still get to the masses, videos will still get made and acts will still go on tour. Would it be on a smaller scale? Sure. It used to be that way anyway. No more push backs, censorship or this latest douchery that WB is trying to pull.

    Don’t worry, Hip-Hop would be alright.

    • Jamal7Mile

      Excuse the double post. Laptop’s misbehaving…

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    cosign jamal7mile

  • ras

    damn he snitched on dat piff! smfh @ that statement!

  • Teddy

    try as they may if they havnt learned already everytime they attempt some policing the music type bullshit the free music movement only grows stronger and industry only gets weaker and weaker they wont even hav the funds to wage war in a couple of years we’ll just wear them out

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  • Alex

    The web needs to be patrolled to stop music theft … movie theft idiots say nothing is happening to the movie industry but look at blockbuster and hollywood and dont think its because of netflix either its due to torrents and p2p like limewire or downloading files from megaupload and rapidshare from links posted on forums .. itunes still makes money because theres still legit people in this world not everyone is a parasyte lol … theres other ways to make money off music though they just need to learn to capitalize on it if anything albums/disc are an outdated way off supplying music and it should be sold to us in a marketed and distributed in different ways.

  • audio tech

    Warner’s like the US, a dying empire,tryin to police the whole world yet neglecting it’s own crumbling infrastructure.

  • joe

    @Alex,
    Bad example. Blockbuster IS gone be outdated b/c of Netflix. Not online movies.

    Bootleg music sounds exactly the same as the store version, whereas ‘bootleg’ movies are less quality and many people, like myself, dont want to watch a movie on a 20-24′ computer screen.

  • http://tsolutions1@gmail.com NefariousSun

    Dude did dry snitch…You all are right. but on the network aspect of it, that servers that are successfully able to host all those free downloads..cough cough.. is probably hosted in a country where its legal,(Im not exactly sure about international law) like the UAE… by some 15 year old kid.

  • macdatruest

    The way I see it, label politics and lack of promotio0n forced the industry artists to make tyhese “mixtapes” to reach their fans without the label slowing them up. Mixtapes used to be put out independently by an artist and hosted by a DJ- so the label could fuck off and they can hold your “studio album” back forever and then shove it up their ass while you make you own money off performing your hottest latest street shit.

    NOW the industry is doing so bad and is so greedy they are trying to push albums back and delay them for months because of indecisiveness about marketing and spending their suit money on musical niggers, while trying to capitalize off the artist’s independent work grind. SMH….

    But really Gucci has himself to blame. He signed a 360 deal which basically makes him a slave anyway. A 360 deal means the label gets a piece of whatever you do. You sell a nickel bag in the park, they want in. Thats the only way the industry will sign you nowadays if they get a cut of everything (Drake, Nicki, and Gucci all have them)

    So then they feel comfortable getting you endorsement deals and releasing strings of singles to generate royalties off you and now I see they wanna sell your mixtapes too. Its just sad being a souless corporate cracker right now, but even worse being a enslaved/rapper wit a 360 deal. Make sure you rok your iced out “chain” to show what plantation you reppin Gucci

  • Port Lyfe

    Gucci’s popularity come strictly from mixtapes if you take that away they would be dooming themselves and Gucci. But that album was garbage thats why it didnt sell. That nigga shoulda stayed independent.

  • http://BlahBlah Nirvana

    Its a FUCKING COVER UP, at one time on this site there was a backdoor with access to photos music videos and w/e else xxlmag.com/upload/misc/2 or w/e since I forgot the actual link had to offer. Which wasn’t hard to find. XXL Mag only used to stream music on another site which would post the URL address and the name of the song. So basically if the user who was streaming music knew what he {ME} was doing he could just hit up the URL and he was in the backside of the website. Since their website was running Apache 1.3 a low level encrypted server it really didn’t take anymore but a clever 3 year old to run off with all their music.

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