December 19th, 2006 5:33 pm | by Lance Kramer News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

MySpace VS. Christmas

Looks like the Grinch is the latest addition to the MySpace "regulatory" staff. Last Thursday, MySpace removed the profile of non-profit organization Christmas in the Northwest for violating the site's Terms of Service.

The reason behind giving the Yuletide charity the boot?

No one knows for sure, but MySpace sent the Seattle-based non-profit a generic email, stating that Christmas in the Northwest had either infringed on copyright agreements, or…uh, had posted sexually suggestive imagery on its site. Go figure.

Each year, the group puts out a holiday CD with songs by local artists—and donates the proceeds (about $50,000 a year) to various children's hospitals in the Northwest, including Doernbecher Hospital at OHSU.

“Every organization has someone who doesn't like that organization,” says Steve Lawson, executive producer of Christmas in the Northwest. “Maybe there's some artist who didn't make it onto the final cut of the CD, got angry and filed a random complaint against us with MySpace. But even that's a stretch—and the only remotely possible thing I can think of.”

After several attempts to contact representatives at MySpace, Lawson never received an answer explaining exactly why MySpace removed the group's site.

Who could develop a grudge against a company that puts out a Christmas CD with a cute girl sitting on Santa's lap on its cover? In all fairness, this year's album does include a Kenny G rendition of “Winter Wonderland”—reason enough for a boycott, some would say.

Advertisements for Christmas in the Northwest have aired on most Portland radio stations over the past two weeks (and in WW), and this year's CD includes recordings from Portland musicians RyeHollow, Dirty Martini and Ashleigh Flynn. Christmas in the Northwest's Myspace site is now back up and running.
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