HitPiece Accused Of Taking Music From Independent Artists And Selling It As NFT Without Permission


Tuesday was a crazy day for independent artists and not in a good way.

Details are still hazy, but what seems to have happened is that an NFT site, HitPiece, has taken over digital distribution sites like Spotify, iTunes and other platforms, for songs by independent artists. and began selling those same songs as NFTs on his website.

Late Tuesday night, the URL was down:

HitPiece promised fans access to their favorite bands’ NFTs – they just didn’t contact those bands first to get permission or create any type of partnership that would allow the bands to benefit from the sale of those files. digital.

UPDATE: HitPiece on Tuesday night posted this as…explanatory? apologies? CYA?

Todd Farrell Jr., who has released music as a solo artist and with the band Benchmarks, said his work was posted on the HitPiece website on Tuesday.

“I just saw everyone posting and I’ve been looking through my own stuff. I think this thing only lasted a day, honestly,” he said on Twitter. distributed digitally through a digital distribution service (Spotify, iTunes, etc.) Both cues and solo stuff.

So did Women in Vinyl podcast co-host and lap-cut producer Robyn Raymond (the same person who came to the rescue of Arkells with their Christmas singles late last year). .

“Same here. Whole catalog that was available on Spotify,” she tweeted. The search function still worked on the HP site, even Black Sabbath is listed.

“Part of the whole streaming problem. ‘Property,'” she says. She filed an infringement notice against the company and is far from alone.

When called out by artists who found their music posted as NFT on HitPiece’s website (before it was shut down), the @JoinHitPiece Twitter account repeatedly responded to artists saying only to DM for more details. An account for what appears to be the owner or manager of Hit Piece, Rory Felton (@RoryFelton, appearing as Felton.eth recruits), tweeted earlier Tuesday afternoon “How do I buy NFTs with my IRA? ”

There are dozens of other answers like this.

On January 31, during a Twitter chat, Felton said, “As a music fan, I love supporting an artist by buying their shirts, vinyls, tickets, and NFTs.”

Neither the HitPiece account nor Rory Felton’s account responded to a direct message seeking comment on the situation – the invitation to speak is still available and I’m happy to give the company, and Felton, an opportunity fair to tell their side of the story.

Whatever the story – at this point many musicians are angry and getting no response, at least not publicly, about Hit Piece or Felton or the legal recourse of taking someone else’s job. other and publish it in any form without the express permission, consent and cooperation of the original creator.

This is a developing story. If you are an artist whose work has been turned into NFT by Hit Piece, feel free to contact me: [email protected].


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