SoundCloud Halts Volunteer Archiving Project

Slashdot reader nielo tipped us off to more SoundCloud news. Motherboard reports:
Last week, a group of volunteer digital preservationists known as The Archive Team announced they would be attempting to independently archive a 123.6 million track, 900-terabyte swath of SoundCloud, the popular streaming music and audio service that recently announced mass layoffs and office closures, sparking fears of an imminent closure. But just as the volunteer archive of SoundCloud was due to be getting started, it’s been abruptly called off at the behest of the company… I reached out to SoundCloud for more information, and a spokesperson responded with the following written statement: “SoundCloud is dedicated to protecting the rights and content of the creators who share their work on SoundCloud. We requested the Archive Team halt their efforts as any action to take content from SoundCloud violates our Terms of Use and infringes on our users’ rights… SoundCloud is not going away — not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future…” But that hasn’t stopped some individuals on Reddit’s r/datahoarder subreddit from attempting to gather their own personal archives of as much of SoundCloud as they want and can afford to host.


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