More Bands Suffering From Warner Music's YouTube Demands

from the screwed-that-one-up,-didn't-ya? dept

We've already covered how some Warner Music musicians are pissed off about Warner Music demanding more money for its music showing up on YouTube, and now it's also causing additional problems for musicians. For example, the band Death Cab for Cutie has YouTube videos of its music on its own website... but not after Warner Music's actions forced them offline. People on the band's own website clicking to view its own videos are told that they are not available due to Warner Music. At some point, you have to wonder when Warner Music is going to realize just how badly it's screwed this up.


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    Twinrova, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 4:46am

    Sorry, music lovers. You're boned again.

    This is a fight between the artist and Warner, not consumers, who should be using this information to boycott Warner music and quit buying music from the Warner label.

    Pfft. As if this will ever happen.

     

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    thomas, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 4:52am

    Labels are not there for the artists

    The labels don't give a rats *** for the artists; they have one and only one concern - their own cut. They regard the artists as only something to be exploited as much as possible and paid as little as possible, or better yet paid nothing while the label execs continue to jet around in their private jets, eat at 5 star restaurants, spend money on hookers and drugs, and live the 'high' life.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:01am

    You have to wonder why any artist would even sign with Warner.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:34am

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    Money. Duh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:40am

    Re:

    Once upon a time, Lables were important. It was hard to get exposure, and the biggest outlet to the public (radio) was/is all-but-owned by the record lables. So even just a few years ago, signing with a lable was the only way to 'make it,' and if that lable was Warner who's to say it's any worse than any other (especially if Warner were the first or only lable to offer a deal)?

    The world has changed and The Internet, file sharing, and social media let bands get wide-spread exposure easily and without a lable. But lables, in their nearsightedness, are trying to fight against the tide of progress and keep a stranglehold on distribution and exposure. They used to be Gatekeepers, deciding who was 'good enough' for the public to hear. Now they aren't, and they don't even recognize it.

    So, now there's really no reason to sign with a lable, but not long ago it was the only way to do business. Don't be too hard on the musicians, we are often times stuck in a long-term contract they can't get out of, and owing money (at least on paper) to the lable they signed with. The lables are as much enemies to musicians as they are to customers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:42am

    No accounting for tastes, but what if you like Deathcab for Cutie? Is there a way to support the musicians we care about without handing money to the Lables, or a way to punish the Lables without inadvertently hurting the bands?

     

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    long island girl, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:45am

    Warner Music must have some reasons why they are demanding much from You Tube. There should be a reason behind this issue because many are affected. I hope everything will be resolved before it's too late.

     

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    Vae Victis, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:46am

    They Can't...

    They Can't Stop The Signal!

    No Matter How Hard They Try!

     

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    BellaVida, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:47am

    big corps going down

    Big corporations act in their own interest without regard to the consequences. The main reason I'm glad to see so many crumble.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:49am

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    Go see the band live and buy other merchandise other than the music. ie.. T-shirts!

     

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    Relonar, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:09am

    Re: Sorry, music lovers. You're boned again.

    yeah, consumers get boned again, but a grassroots boycott of a label probably not do much to it as the huge labels, like warner, have other means of getting their paychecks at the end of the day (selling to consumers may be a large percentage, but there are other revenue streams).

    What really needs to happen is that the bands start moving towards labels that leave more rights with the band itself after the recording session. Until that happens the 'big evil music industry' keeps its bankroll and can continue down whatever path it feels like.

     

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    Gunnar, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:36am

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    It depends on the band. Some bands only use record labels for distribution and others have the label take care of everything from tour schedules to merchandising.

    Your best bet is to try to contact the band before you buy something and ask if there is any way to support the band without supporting the label. That serves two purposes. First, you don't support the label. Second, you send a message to the band that the label isn't helping them win fans.

     

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    fasat, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:34am

    Thats what Death Cab gets for going to a major label. Typical beauracry. They should have stayed on sub pop.

     

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    Phibble, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:30am

    I deal with Independent artists/bands all day long. Most don't want to sign to a major. Some have been on a major, and have left because of all the BS.

    It is clear to me (and a lot of people) that the majors just don't get it. They need to understand the difference between copyright infringement and free promotion.

    Greed has taken over the music business, and as long as big media continues to be greedy, nothing will ever change.

    Exposure is key to the music business, and using You Tube is an excellent tool to do that.

     

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    Dave, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:32am

    This Is Not The Artists Fault!

    The bottom line is simple - major labels such as Warner Bros. are losing millions, advertising revenue from sites such as YouTube AND MySpace will NEVER filter down to the artist, the majr label deals are with them NOT teh artits, teh artsist have NO say in it, right down to 'independent' artists distributed through ADA (the Warner Music owned so called indie distributor) bands who have their music with ADA are also suffering from WMG pulling YouTube videos deal, MySpace will be next when artist realize teh money is going to the 'parent' companie and not them.

     

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    jmzrbnsn (profile), Jan 26th, 2009 @ 11:37am

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    Sub pop - pftf! Ask Negativland about sub pop!!!

     

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    GHynson, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 12:23pm

    Serves them right.

    Who the hell uses Record Labels these days?
    F^@$ them, it's cheaper to set up yur own web site and
    sell your records yourself.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 4:50pm

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    Deathcab signed up with Warner and got loads of money for doing it. Why are you so worried about hurting the bands? They chose to sign with Warner of their own free will. In other words, they sold out, let them deal with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 12:11am

    Honestly, with all the information available about RIAA/ major label business practices, and all the clear alternative to the major labels long held stranglehold on distribution, anyone that is dumb enough to sign with a major label deserves whatever screwing the label give em.

    I'm just happy some of my favorite bands have gone back to independent non-RIAA labels so I can buy their music again.

     

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    Mike Coleman, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 5:56am

    Funny

    It's interesting that I am listening to DCFC at the office right now. I actually listened to their song "Cath" several times on YouTube and decided I liked it so much I would buy the CD.
    There is something wrong .

     

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    Bill G, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 6:29am

    Re: Re:

    "Deathcab signed up with Warner and got loads of money for doing it. Why are you so worried about hurting the bands? They chose to sign with Warner of their own free will. In other words, they sold out, let them deal with it."

    Ok I think what you just described is called earning a living, so did you sell out to burger king or what?

     

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    Nelson Cruz, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 10:01am

    Don't the labels see that youtube equals free promotion??? Do they charge MTV and VH-1 for showing music videos???

    I hate it when I try to see a music video and get "not available in your region"! They are missing promotion opportunities with crap like that.

     

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    Robert Arnold, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 1:22pm

    Warner music

    Ive been a musician for 34yrs,.. and in 1981 a hot band I was in were signed and then dropped by RCA, Because we were a country band that really rocked,we had a bad reputation for fighting,drinking and a hint of drugs that came up and.. boom we were dropped, Back then the major labels had all the power, theyve lost millions to the internet and downloading, Well they needed to lose it they were like dictators, everything had to be their way, now they are fighting to get back some things$$$ lost ,I hope Youtube does not limit music from artists because it wouldnt and isnt fair to music and expression ...the ARTS

     

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    James, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 12:59am

    Warners Music Group

    Warners was getting free promotion.With the links at the side.You Tubers could just click the link to buy the song for a dollar.It's free money Warner's.Are you guys dumb or something? Most will click the link,it's easier.Bands should just self-promote.But the majors will then start to tie up the venues to play and tie up the Awards shows,where only their artists can play.These fools with their big money have to be stopped.They ruined Top 40 radio with the crap they paid to get played.Only Indies can save music.We have to promote our own music.To hell with the majors.

     

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    Chad, Feb 7th, 2009 @ 11:11pm

    Time Warner is Greedy!

    Time Warner Music Group (WMG) is the type of Greedy corporations that are responsible for the downfall of our economy, just for them to rake in a little extra for themselves at the cost of everyone else.

    Thousands of music videos that PROMOTED their own artists now lost mass promotions, hence will hurt sales, hence will cost jobs. On top of that makes the victim... YouTube more boring hence less visitors, hence less jobs. THANKS TIME WARNER! You had to make this world just a little more miserable didn't you!

    BOYCOTT TIME WARNER!

     

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    Emma, Feb 9th, 2009 @ 2:14pm

    Screw WMG!

    They are destroying everything that was great about Youtube! Most of the videos I have seen muted are Rock Band or Guitar Hero ones. I mean WTF?!? You liscened the music to Harmonix/Neversoft, WMG! Then you bitch about it being posted on Youtube? It makes no sense. You are getting FREE promotion! You should be grateful. I deleted my Youtube account and may boycott them too if it comes to that. They are taking down Metallica's videos off of their official YT channel, for God's sake! I am already mad at Warner for delaying Harry Potter 6. I say that we boycott that on it's opening weekend and not buy any Warner music until this is solved. Who's with me? I needed a good rant! Once again, YOU SUCK WMG!

     

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