Does the Universal Music Group have unfettered access to SoundCloud?
A minor furor has erupted over SoundCloud's removal of a DJ's radio show and the supposed access SoundCloud gave to Universal Music Group in removing it. An email exchange between SoundCloud and the DJ was posted to the blog Do Androids Dance, in which SoundCloud is seen to write: "The control of removing content is completely with Universal. This means I can't tell you why they removed your uploads and not others, and you would really need to ask them that question."
The response has led to speculation of SoundCloud giving UMG -- and, it's very likely, all major labels -- keys to a "backdoor" to the service, which a source at Universal maintained is not the case. "There's a tool, similar to other platforms, where we provide SoundCloud a list of offending URLs. We're notifying them with the tool they've provided," a source told Billboard. "Unless there's a specific reason, like a pre-release leak, it just wouldn't come down willy-nilly."