Feeds

Google tells indie labels to take its YouTube deal or face OBLIVION

Hey little guy, there's just you and me here. And your balls, and this drawer

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Google has threatened to "censor" YouTube music videos from the world's independent labels if the indies don't agree to its terms for the forthcoming YouTube subscription music streaming service.

Indie label association WIN says YouTube has threatened to remove the videos it already hosts. WIN called foul last night after the independent licensing body Merlin failed to reach a settlement it considered fair. WIN says Google is approaching indie labels with a "template" contract on take-it-or-leave it terms. The independents lack the huge legal clout of the three majors, who have already reached agreements for the forthcoming streaming version of YouTube.

Many indie labels are, literally, one or two person operations. But in aggregate, they contribute significantly to the revenue and the diversity of the recorded music industry.

Sources suggest the Google negotiations are being conducted by YouTube executives, rather than Google Music executives. Google Music is staffed with experienced music licensing folk, and successfully negotiated licenses for its cloud service from majors and indies alike.

"Rather than moving from the 'disrupter' to the 'destroyer', the real challenge for Google should be to use its muscle to develop a disruptive remuneration system which recognises that 80 per cent of all new releases, which are so important in YouTube's offer, are generated by independents," said Helen Smith of IMPALA, an independents' trade group based in Brussels.

"By hindering the opportunities for independent artists to be discovered and making unexplored areas of creativity unsearchable, YouTube will contradict its own rule of ethics if it executes its intended plans," said Tapio Korjus, chairman of IndieCo, the Finnish indie trade associaton.

The irony is that last week Google's supporters, such as Jimmy Wales, were crying foul about "censorship" of Google - and the threat to the "free flow of information".

Musing on Google's peculiar "Don't Be Evil" motto last week, FT columnist Robert Shrimsley pondered:

"It is, after all, something few other companies feel the need to tell their staff."

So it goes. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us
And Commish is VERY pro-Google. Why should we worry?
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.