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>NEWS: SWIZZ BEATS GETS ARTISTS IN TROUBLE FOR PROMOTING HIS COMPANY, MEGAUPLOAD

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Swizz Beatz has gotten a few artist in trouble over the promotion of his website, Megaupload. By having Diddy, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Will.I.am all take part in a “Mega Song” which was to be used to promote the file sharing website, Universal Records issued a takedown of the video. They stated the artists’ performances were unauthorized. Swizz Beatz had also asked Mary J. Blige, Lil Jon, Macy Gray and Kim Kardashian to promote Megaupload.

Many people believe the website contributes to what the music industry is trying to fight, piracy. Megaupload fired back with a lawsuit against Universal to stop it from blocking distribution of the video.

“We have never received any word that any artist has [individually] filed a take-down . . . [we have] legally binding agreements with the performers that appear in the video . . . They promised that they had the rights to enter into that agreement and it’s not interfering with any third-party rights.” -Megaupload

Source: NY Post

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