Google and Youtube accused of threatening independents with a raw deal!

adele While most people don't think of Adele when they think on an "independent artist" she is nonetheless on XL Recordings which is a great independent label with thriving artists and a great catalogue. If Adele's label as well as many other independent labels can't come to terms with Youtube soon, they're videos will no longer be available on the video platform. It can't be of any real surprise that Google, like Apple is doing its best to strong arm independents like XL Recordings into taking a deal that doesn't benefit them in anyway. The most disturbing part of this story is that instead of negotiating like they have with Sony and Universal, Google/Youtube are jumping to the end game of taking down content, until the indies agree with their terms. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out. From The Telegraph
Google is accused of misusing YouTube’s dominance of music videos online to threaten to cut off artists such as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys from their fans in a dispute over royalties.
The web giant said on Tuesday that it will begin removing the videos within days because independent record labels refused to agree to its commercial terms for a forthcoming new subscription streaming service similar to Spotify.
The ultimatum was made public by Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content and business operations, in a press interview. It came after Impala, a trade body representing independent record labels, called for European competition formally authorities to intervene over YouTube’s “strong-arm” attempts to force them to accept “highly unfavourable terms” earlier this month.
Their stance was backed on Tuesday by the BPI, the trade body representing the three major labels, signalling the music industry’s increasingly united front on internet issues.
   

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