05 May 2008

RealWorldRemixed Servers Stolen


This is one of the stranger things I've seen in a while. When going to realworldremixed.com, it displays on the front page this message: "Real World, Peter Gabriel and WOMAD web services are currently off-line. Our servers were stolen from our ISP's data centre on Sunday night - Monday morning. We are working on restoring normal service as soon as possible. ...".

This points out another flaw in their model. By not allowing remixers to publish their remixes even non-commercially anywhere else than on the realworldremixed.com site, they have just taken a couple thousand remixes off the internet. Those remixers who have published there, find at least some of their artistic catalog suddenly off the air. Websites, which point to the remixes of that site, now have broken links.

While that site has fond memories for me, because it introduced me to remixing (and several of my remixes have now - at least temporarily - become "unpublished" as well), I had moved on from there about a year ago to find a better remixing home at ccMixter.org.

Thanks to fellow remixer "Doghouse Riley" for the tip.

UPDATE 2008-05-06: Looks like the site is back now. Good to see, because it does have some stellar remixes on it. Including around 900 Shock The Monkey's.

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