A cryptocurrency muckraker is currently dirty through the painful process of learning the hard way that false DMCA takedowns can impact even the most fundamental content. During the past two years, the weekly Dirty Bubble Media, which is hosted on Substack, has provided coverage on numerous dubious aspects of the cryptocurrency industry. Since the division’s initial days, it has consistently attracted a large number of readers; nonetheless, it was recently shut down due to what are believed to be bogus charges of copyright infringement.
The Dirty Bubble Media Is Going Through It
This seems to be a repeating problem not only in the area of content, but also in entertainment, music, and many other fields that are focused on original or distinctive content. Someone puts something out there, and almost immediately, it is deemed to be an infringement on the right or property of someone else, which ultimately results in its being abruptly discarded. The vast majority of the time, these allegations are baseless and were started by a party that can be categorized as a “competitor.”
According to recent reports, Dirty Bubble Media is currently caught in the center of one of these scenarios. In January of this year, a journal stated that Celsius Network was not the most respectable of cryptocurrency platforms. It was reporting on a variety of issues that eventually led to the corporation filing for bankruptcy in the most recent weeks. It would appear that the publication was in possession of the dirt on Celsius well before the event took place, and it’s possible that this caused someone’s feelings to be hurt.
Soon after it informed its readers about the purported issues involving Celsius, Dirty Bubble Media also started reporting on Voyager Digital. The bankruptcy process has also been initiated for Voyager, and both of these companies are frequently regarded as some of the primary reasons for the recent decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market.
Around the middle of July, Substack moved quickly to remove the publication. The following notice would frequently appear on the computer screens of visitors who revisited the site:
Publication not available. Unfortunately, access to the page you have requested is currently denied.
A significant number of audience members turned to various social media platforms in order to voice their dissatisfaction with what had taken place. In addition to this, it was made abundantly apparent that they were aware of what was taking place and that they did not believe that this was a coincidence. On Twitter, one user penned the following:
After looking for one of @dirtybubblemed3’s blog entries to use as a citation, I discovered that Substack had removed his study (flagged as TOS violation). Once @SubstackInc realizes that people are weaponizing their reporting flow, maybe it will be restored as quickly as possible.
A Little Bit of Censorship in There?
In a message posted on the website, the author of the blog in question provided the following explanation:
Copyright is a monopoly right on expression that has been granted by law, and this puts it in conflict with free speech. This also makes the DMCA, which gives unprecedented ability for people to take things down without a court order, an incredibly effective tool for censorship. People don’t think of copyright as a restriction on speech because it’s supposed to help creators, but copyright is a monopoly right on expression that has been granted by law.