2016 Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Content ID is Still Just Piracy in Disguise: An Open Letter to Rightsholders and a Music Industry Ready to Renegotiate with a Monster

[I’m very happy to report that Maria Schneider is leading a class action against YouTube filed July 2.  If they’d just listened to her in this 2016 post on MTP.  Maybe next time.  In case you were wondering why music industry leaders don’t stand up to Google instead of giving them more safe harbors, she […]

Is YouTube The Lyor Show?

While we can appreciate Lyor’s old school view of his role in the Google Nation, no one should be persuaded that his approach will change anything as long as one of the largest corporations in commercial history is allowed to weaponize the DMCA safe harbor.  

YouTube Will Drive Lyor Crazy

Lyor Cohen is going to run YouTube Music. My prediction is that in a year, he will not have been able to accomplish much of anything. This is not because of Lyor who is one of the best we’ve had in the music business. It’s because of the way Google operates and who is really in control. And that will drive Lyor crazy.

Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy

[We’re pleased to post this open letter to YouTube written by Maria Schneider, a five-time GRAMMY-winning composer and bandleader, a board member of the Council of Music Creators, and an active supporter of MusicAnswers.org.] Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy by Maria Schneider  Hank Green’s recent open letter in support of YouTube (that was in response […]

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

[Editor Charlie sez: In honor of the new PRS-YouTube license in the UK, we’re reposting this harrowing first hand account of the first YouTube/PRS negotiation.  For PRS members, there’s a good chance that this post has more information about your deal than you’ll ever get anywhere else because your rates are–you know–confidential and stuff. This […]