Only Took 9 Months, But Warner Music Videos Finally Back On YouTube

from the how-big-were-the-losses? dept

You may recall last December that a spat over how much Google would pay Warner Music for hosting its videos (for free, mind you) created a situation whereby Warner Music videos were taken off the site (there are conflicting stories over who actually made the call to take the videos down). The end result of this was basically bad for everyone -- and even Warner's own musicians got pretty pissed off at Warner -- especially as they saw other musicians use YouTube to grow their audience. It only took nine months, but it looks like Warner Music and YouTube have finally worked out a deal to allow the videos back online. You have to wonder how much harm this did to Warner artists, and to the label itself. I'd argue that the failure to leverage a rather useful promotional platform to connect with audiences was likely to have been much greater than any "harm" done from file sharing.

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    LoL, Sep 28th, 2009 @ 2:14am

    Google missing an opportunity.

    Google could do the Google Studios, they have the capital to invest in silly(for now) models and could improve their bottom line making their own content. Microsoft to could do it :)

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 28th, 2009 @ 2:29am

    You have to wonder how much harm this did to Warner artists

    But I thought free downloading was stealing and did not do the artists any good.

    Well thats what they are always saying

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    Richard (profile), Sep 28th, 2009 @ 2:48am


    It's just like clothing with logos on it. They want you to pay them to advertise their stuff.

    If I had been Google I would have run the negotiation like Tuco in the gun shop in "the Good the Bad and the Ugly".

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    Misanthropist (profile), Sep 28th, 2009 @ 4:25am


    anyone else notice the subliminal ad for vevo in there?

    never before heard of them, and I hope I never hear of them again.

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    drewmerc (profile), Sep 28th, 2009 @ 4:33am

    do you know what is needed a way to stop people ripping youtube video's some sort of drm.........

    i cant go on, my lack of imagination will always stop me from being a good troll

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Sep 28th, 2009 @ 6:40am

    Great news!

    Now I can go back to not watching Warner Music videos on YouTube like I was able to nine months ago. But if Disney gets all those old Donald Duck cartoons taken down...

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Sep 28th, 2009 @ 12:55pm

    Re: wow

    No I didn't see any subliminal message in there. Unless you are talking about the subliminal message for the new DAN BULL album and single which is rocketing up the charts. It's an open letter to Lily Allen, and it's fucking hilarious.

    But no, other than that, I didn't see any subliminal messages.


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    David Gerard (profile), Sep 29th, 2009 @ 3:02am

    Edgar Bronfman, what do you expect?

    Warner Music is now owned by Edgar Bronfman Jr, the Seagram's heir and lucky sperm club member who previously lost a fortune on Universal Music. His operating method at Warner Music seems to be to keep everything locked up forever. There are so many entire catalogues that are unavailable anywhere on earth, except via MP3 blogs. (As an Australian, I'm particularly pissed off he got his hands on the Festival/Mushroom catalogue when Festival was finally sold off for scrap.)

    But yeah, I can see his fear of having 96kbps MP3s of FM radio quality TV sound available on YouTube.


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