Feeds

Neil Young posts angry YouTube missive

After the Gold Rush

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Neil Young has hit out at YouTube by complaining it “unfairly” punishes artists to keep the online video business ticking over.

Writing on his blog yesterday, the Sixties rocker and one-time supporter of Ronald Reagan, grumbled about a row that kicked off in December between Warner Music and YouTube after the firms failed to agree to a licensing deal.

"YouTube has a responsibility to respect the artists it facilitates and resist punishing them to make a business point," opined Young on his website.

The Canadian rock star described YouTube as "the new radio" but claimed that unlike the wireless* days of yore, Google's video sharing website fails to equally compensate for every artist and record label.

"Since You Tube has given some labels better deals that others, the Media Giant is treating artists unequally, depending on which label they are on," said Young.

"If all artists were compensated equally, and the people decided who had the hits and misses by virtue of number of downloads and plays, there could be no grounds for disagreement that would cause the facilitator of the art to break the conduit between an artist and an audience.

"That is what has happened to Warner Bros artists caught in YouTube's web."

Warner Music's content was yanked from YouTube after the two firms failed to reach an agreement earlier this year. YouTube has previously inked separate licensing deals with each of the Big Four record labels.

Young isn't impressed with YouTube's handling of the agreements.

"It is time for industry-wide standards of artist's compensation on the Web," he wrote. "Reprise and Warner Bros artists deserve what artists from other labels are getting." ®

*We mean the quaint old radio players from back in the pre-telly days and not WiFi for those of you who were wondering.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.