The well-known leak site Has It Leaked has come under fire from Taylor Swift’s fans and management after being one of the first outlets to post the reported tracklist for Swift’s upcoming album Reputation. In the most recent developments documented in a series of tweets, the site’s owner has received emails via Twitter Support containing cease and desist requests from Swift’s legal team for posting the reported tracklist, and for some reason, the well-known album art as well.
We have learned that your service is hosting Album Artwork with the file names, and accessible via the links set out above (Infringing Album Artwork). The copyright in the Infringing Album Artwork is owned or exclusively controlled by certain IFPI Represented Companies.
We have a good faith belief that the above-described activity is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. We assert that the information in this notification is accurate, and based upon the data available to us.
We are asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this unauthorized activity. Specifically, we request that you remove the Infringing Album Artwork from your service or that you disable access to the infringing links, and that you inform the site operator(s) of the illegality of his or her conduct.
The site’s owner has responded to Twitter support challenging the request, saying that “the DMCA notice I’ve received is a mistake and a misunderstanding by the compliant.”
This is a counter-notification since the DMCA notice I’ve received is a mistake and a misunderstanding by the compliant.
While our Twitter handle, name and site title is “Hast It Leaked” it is not sharing leaked files, or any copyrighted files for that matter. We do not link to copyrighted material and the site which is promoted in our Twitter profile (https://hasitleaked.com) and tweets, doesn’t include, share or in turn link to copyrighted material.
The tweet being referred to does not share any copyrighted material related to the artist that is being mentioned in the claim or in the tweet. The site that is being referred to does not host, share or link to other sites which host copyright material.
This post will be updated as the story develops. For now, the Swifties are surely having their fun with Has It Leaked.