We live in a day and age of instant communication. It’s a world where Will.i.am can’t get away with haphazardly ripping samples from Mat Zo without the wrath of the internet descending upon him. So when a “DJ” known as Havirest started taking tracks from well-known artists and uploading them to Beatport as his own, you can bet people got just a little upset.
Perhaps his most blatant offense was taking KOAN Sound & Asa’s newest Sanctuary EP, renaming it, and then selling it on Beatport under his name. Additionally, it would appear as though he managed to rip off the likes of SKisM, Schoolboy, and Sub Focus, based on the patently insane ultimatum he scrawled on his now-defunct Facebook page:
Never Say Die head SKisM responded in kind.
Something tells us the only private meeting this guy gets with SKisM will involve lawyers, as well as an understandably annoyed dubstep artist.
Havirest’s final Facebook post (before the page was unceremoniously taken down) spoke of the lax security on Beatport and iTunes that allowed him to profit from the hard work of actual artists. He raises a decent point though; mostly that it’s frighteningly easy for lunatics like him to upload anyone’s music under their own name.
Cover art entitled “Music Pirate” is credited to ramyb.
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