The Marketplace Presents: Muso

MUSO LogoAs we talked about recently, piracy is still very much an issue in our world today. There are ways to combat it, like streaming services, anti-piracy measures from the government and the DMCA, but that doesn’t solve the immediate problem of having an illegal link up that people are downloading without permission.

Muso is here to help with precisely that problem. As a specialized anti-piracy platform, Muso scans the web for illegal files and issues DMCA takedown notices on your behalf. Keep in mind that in order to issue these notices, you need to have full legal rights to take them down worldwide, under penalty of perjury.

Here’s how it works:

  • Select your plan and fill out the required details in order for Muso to issue takedown notices in your name. A 14-day free trial is available for you try the app out before committing, and other plans are priced according to the number of takedowns issued per month.
  • At this point, the artist on which you installed Muso will be verified and a profile should appear within an hour. The hunt for your illegal files begins immediately after that. Just click on your artist page and begin…
  • Once in, you’ll notice three different tabs to the right: Files, Groups and SEO. The Files tab lists all files that Muso has matched to your artist. You can add search options by clicking on Search/Filter Files. The Groups tab allows you to automate bundle takedown notices sent for files of the same name. The SEO tab manages search results leading to your tracks, and Muso also allows you to issue notices to remove those results from search engines like Google.
  • For each tab, tracking your takedown status is as easy as reading a traffic light. If the status color is red, the file is available for takedown. When you select a file and click on “Send Takedown” (remember to review and confirm that you have the rights to issue the notice), the color will turn orange, indicating a takedown in progress. Green of course means the file was successfully removed. The more green the better!
  • To help you confirm whether the file found is indeed an infringing file, you can click on the file name itself. This will lead you to the page where the file is hosted. Similarly, the S or G icon to the left of the file name will take you to the page where Muso found the link.
  • If you find a file that Muso hasn’t detected yet, you can add it manually by clicking on the “Add Files” link at the top right of the page.

Muso is constantly checking for new infringing files, and you can access the dashboard at any time to track the status of your removals. The average time between when you send the takedown notice and when the file is removed varies depending on the source, but typically takes between 2 hours and 3 days. For cyber lockers with whom Muso deals with directly, files are removed within 30 seconds.

Ready to get started? Check out the demo below to find out more:

MUSO is available via The Marketplace. Find out more about them on their One-Sheet.

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