Neil Young (And Warner Music) Should Learn To Respect YouTube… And Music Fans
from the this-is-getting-tiresome dept
After Warner Music got greedy and demanded money from YouTube that the company is under no legal obligation to pay (safe harbors, people), Google and YouTube demonstrated to Warner Music how little leverage the record label has by taking down all Warner Music videos. This is making plenty of Warner musicians quite angry with Warner Music for pissing off their fans and in some cases breaking the artists’ own websites. So, rather than back down and admit that it overplayed its hand, Warner Music is pulling out the old school strategy it has used for years to win such arguments: trot out some well-known musician to whine about how it’s just not fair that he’s not getting the “respect” he deserves.
This time around, it’s Neil Young, who has taken to his own website to claim that he and Warner Music aren’t getting the proper respect from YouTube, and that YouTube needs to pay up to provide that proper respect. And what about all the musicians who Warner Music’s policy is harming right now? What about all those musicians whose fans are pissed off that they can’t see videos with the music they like? The problem isn’t that YouTube isn’t respecting Warner Music — it has no legal obligation to do so. The problem is that folks like Neil Young and the execs at Warner Music don’t respect their fans at all, and fail to realize they want to access their music through YouTube, and doing so provides those musicians with a great benefit in terms of better connecting with their fans and opening up new opportunities to create valuable relationships that will pay much more money in the long run.
In the meantime, when you look at the actual statement on Neil Young’s site, it seems like a a pretty blatant copy of the NY Times. We’re guessing he didn’t pay the NY Times anything. So why isn’t anyone demanding that Neil Young “respect” the NY Times?