Years ago, I wrote a Chrome extension for Google Play Music that has since amassed about 70k users. Today that extension was removed from the Chrome store pursuant to a DMCA request from the National Music Publishers' Association. The extension in no way infringes on the copyright of any material. There's no way of interpreting things in which you could claim that it does.

And yet.

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The extension added notifications and playback controls to Google Music in Chrome. Years ago it also allowed users to download (their own) music, but it doesn't even do that any more.

So: Anyone have any suggestions for how I can resolve this? Leave a comment or email me (first.last at gmail) or reach out on Twitter.

Here's the copy of the email from Google:


Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that your application(s) allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. The details of the application(s) in question may be found at the end of this message. Please note that we have attached a copy of the original notice we received for your reference.


The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. We are in the process of removing the materials that allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. See… for more information about the DMCA, and see… for the process that Google requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.

Google can reinstate these materials into Chrome Web Store upon receipt of a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. For more information about the requirements of a counter notification, and a link to a sample counter notification, see….


If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel. If you have any other questions about this notification, please let us know.

The affected application is listed below:…


The Chrome Web Store Team

Text of the received notice:

On 01/30/15 13:11:33 [redacted] wrote:

subject_lr_dmca: Your Request to Google

full_name: [Redacted]

companyname: National Music Publishers' Association

represented_copyright_holder: Kobalt Music Publishing America and BMG

Chrysalis US

contact_email_noprefill: [redacted]

country_residence: US


description_of_copyrighted_work: Break Free: Ariana Grande

Chasing Pavements: Adele

Perfume: Britney Spears

Loyal: Chris Brown

I Kissed a Girl: Katy Perry

Dark Horse: Katy Perry



dmca_affirmations_authorized: agree

dmca_affirmations_penalty: agree1

signature: [redacted]

hidden_product: chromewebstoreextensionsgallery


So, again: Suggestions for resolving this? Leave a comment or email me (first.last at gmail) or reach out on Twitter.


Update: I've filed a counter claim. So... I dunno. I realize people get caught up in overreaching DMCA claims all the time, but this is a personal first for me. What a shit system.

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