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A very simple tip to help reduce your releases exposure to piracy is to not release on a Friday. Why? I hear you ask. Quite simply some of the file lockers and search engines process some of the removals manually and they are not fully staffed at the weekend. This can result in links to download your music illegally being available for the peak 2 days after you have released your music which can be very damaging.
In most cases AudioLock are able to effect quick removals through our direct connections. However some lockers, torrent search sites and search engines, even the large search engines, still either manually check DMCA removal requests or use a hybrid of manual and automated processes to check the validity of removal requests.
The majority of illegal links to download your music are put up within the first day of release by companies who commercially pirate your music. They have software which automatically monitors download stores for new releases and when it detects one that fits what it is looking for it will purchase the release, download it, repackage it with some information about their website (to help get more people coming to their illegal site) and then upload it to several file lockers. These lockers will pay the pirate company around $20-30 for every 1000 download of your release (you can see one example here. There are over 500 locker sites just like this we are aware of). In most cases these lockers will remove content very quickly however as stated some are not so responsive over the weekends. Because most of these pirate companies don’t bother reposting links once they are removed they can in most cases be quickly removed stopping them impacting your chart position and sales. Therefore getting a fast response is very important which highlights why you should avoid releasing on a Friday.