Internal Warner Music Memo Shows Google’s Notice and Shakedown Business as Usual

If they’re not funding terrorists, they’re shaking down artists and songwriters…. Music Business Worldwide posted this internal memo from Warner Music chief Steve Cooper about Google’s DMCA abuse and the effect of YouTube’s notice and shakedown negotiation tactics. “YouTube has a bigger audience than any other streaming service, which presents huge opportunities for the creative community, […]

A Must Read by @thetrickness: The Digital Music Business and the Rashomon Effect

YouTube enables large scale theft in plain sight and benefits from it to the tune of billions of dollars. To hide behind the DMCA, to pay artists little or nothing in their legitimate deals they do offer and then have “Do The Right Thing” as a corporate motto is the ultimate irony. Vinyl revenue is bigger than YouTube revenue in the U.S. and U.K. — come on….The truth is, the music industry needs YouTube as much as YouTube needs music; nobody wants it shut down.

But we must speak truth to power. It is an obligation.