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In the world of online music, 2008 has been the year of the playlist sharing sites, but sadly it’s also been the year of the playlist sites being shut down. The latest victim is Project Playlist, which was recently banned from MySpace.

Project Playlist is an online mixtape sharing site similar to the recently shut down Mixwit and the long-gone Muxtape, but slightly different in that much of the focus is on sharing playlists through social networks like MySpace and Facebook.

Over the weekend, in response to pressure from the RIAA and major labels, MySpace shut down Project Playlist’s widgets and banned the service from the site.

The Project Playlist website (a social network in its own right) is still alive and kicking, but since many of the site’s users rely on the embeddable player to share playlists on other social networks, the MySpace ban will no doubt prove painful.

Starting on Friday evening, MySpace began shutting down Project Playlist’s widgets, telling affected users that “your Project Playlist widget has been removed from your profile in response to copyright complaints.”

For its part Facebook has so far refused to comply with the infringement notifications that led MySpace to ban Project Playlist. While that will likely earn the site some points with fans, it probably won’t last long. However, in an interesting twist, Project Playlist recently hired Facebook's former chief operating officer, Owen Van Natta, as its CEO. Whether or not that cozy relationship affected Facebook’s decision is unknown and neither party was willing to comment, citing pending litigation.

Project Playlist is being sued by Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music Group, as well as by the Recording Industry Association of America, but at least one label — Sony BMG — has struck a deal with the site.

Although the terms have not been disclosed, the deal is good news for the some 40 million Project Playlist users who now legally use songs from artists and bands on the Sony label in their playlists.
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I thought they were letting up? Oh well mine still works, but my girlfriends doesn't
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yep I found out about that a couple days ago when I got a message informing me that mine had been removed. So then I reported that message as spam
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I doubt Facebook will end up giving in. Facebook is run by Harvard, and they hate the RIAA, not to mention the law school over there, the RIAA doesn't want to touch that with a 10 foot pole.
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I doubt Facebook will end up giving in. Facebook is run by Harvard, and they hate the RIAA, not to mention the law school over there, the RIAA doesn't want to touch that with a 10 foot pole.
Let's go sue the law school? Hah, that's like suicide.
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yep I found out about that a couple days ago when I got a message informing me that mine had been removed. So then I reported that message as spam
me too >:l
    
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Noticed a message in my inbox about my playlist getting removed from my page. It explained all this BS that sounds scripted direct from the RIAA (mostly about people paying to play their songs). Oh well, I guess I'll just use my Facebook even more now :\\
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your Project Playlist widget has been removed from your profile in response to copyright complaints
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I regret to inform you I have blocked Myspace at our router, due to Myspace management not having balls.
    
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Who uses myspace anymore anyway?
    
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I regret to inform you I have blocked Myspace at our router, due to Myspace management not having balls.
I agree.
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So you can't put music in your profile anymore?
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