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Neil Young Not Happy With YouTube


Yesterday, Neil Young fired a shot at YouTube, claiming that the Google-owned purveyor of online video has unfairly treated artists signed to the Warner Music Group.

According to Young's blog (cleverly titled 'NY Times'), YouTube has underpaid Warner artists, whose peers on other record labels have been getting larger licensing checks. Young points out that, because Warner Reprise was one of the first labels to cooperate with YouTube, its contract did not wind up being as attractive as those signed later on by more cautious labels.

Looking for something in the way of a solution, Young wrote, "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 would be no grounds for disagreement that would cause the facilitator of the art to break the conduit between an artist and an audience."

Could you imagine such a thing? A media company would license the songs of musicians, and then broadcast them. Folks would call in for the particular songs they wanted to hear. The most in-demand songs would make their corresponding artists and labels even more money. And we could call the whole thing "radio." [From: NeilYoung.com Via: CNET News]

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