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YouTube to block indie labels ahead of music service launch

YouTube To Block Indie Labels Ahead Of Music Service Launch

The fight between independent labels and the most popular video sharing service on the planet continues to escalate, with casualties as popular as the Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and Adele.

According to the Financial Times, YouTube is going to block a number of independent record label music videos who haven't agreed to the licensing terms of it's upcoming subscription service. (Via XL Recordings / Adele)

The Financial Times quotes Robert Kyncl, YouTube's head of content and business operations as saying, "While we wish that we had 100 per cent success rate, we understand that is not likely an achievable goal." and the videos will be blocked "in a matter of days." (Via Flickr / Neil Hunt)

In the article, Kyncl places record labels like XL Recordings with just five percent of the music industry who have refused to sign up to YouTube's new licensing terms but the independent labels place that number much higher.

The Worldwide Independent Network or WIN says that independent labels make up more than 30% of the music industry and in a press release, WIN called the terms offered by YouTube "highly unfavourable, and non-negotiable"

WIN has even filed a complaint with the European Commission saying YouTube "bullies" indie labels during licensing negotiations. (Via BBC)

And while YouTube may take a hit if they block certain Indie label artists, it's not as simple as everything-Adele being wiped clean from the site.

According to TechCrunch, Vevo which hosts hundreds of the world's most popular music videos, does have a deal with YouTube. So videos like "Rolling in the Deep" which sits at 509 million views will be able to stay.

YouTube, which boasts 1 billion monthly visitors, has not announced a date or many details for its paid subscription service but reports say it will hit the web before September.

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usapaydirt June 18 2014 at 7:49 AM

There's a concept, start a new program, but instead of letting it grow on it's own merit, we'll simply blackmail the artist and assume full contractual control in an all or nothing deal, to basically leverage a percentage of their profits. The problem's I see down the road with this besides the obvious, is a periodic continual percentage increase demand from the artist, at threat of being dropped. Seems the artist need their own, artist owned non profit streaming video forum to display their work as well as be discovered, without corporate leaches strong-arming an ever growing cut.....

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Christopher June 18 2014 at 7:54 AM

screw youtube

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Shirley Christopher June 18 2014 at 11:14 AM

U r so stupid.

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allstarcaps Shirley June 18 2014 at 4:29 PM

No, actually he's not stupid. He's angry that artists continue to be bullied, manipulated, and stolen from!!

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Brian Workman Christopher June 18 2014 at 2:54 PM

Like OBAMACARE, "You Have To Join" or face the consequences, Monopoly!!

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Hi CHicks Brian Workman June 18 2014 at 4:10 PM

Another tea party person who brings in politics where its totally unrelated. Lol

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BRUCE June 18 2014 at 9:31 AM

Records sold in the millions and performers became household names well before YouTube was ever in existance. Though I do love the video's on YouTube, I can survive without them as I have done so before.

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Chickiepoo BRUCE June 18 2014 at 2:24 PM

I dunno know now..Bruce.........

I just gotta HAVE my.....70's "MOTOWN / SOUL" ...fix......on a regular basis !!!....LOL !!

The Spinners...The O'Jays...The Chi-Lites...Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes...The Stylistics....
Tower of Power..........AL GREEN !!!!............and....and....and....a little rock 'n roll TOO.....

Maybe I should go pull up and dedicate to "youtube"......

The O'JAYS.....
"FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY".........................LOL !!

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Jim June 18 2014 at 10:40 AM

They just became the worlds largest 'brand', and THIS is their response? They have more money than they can ever imagine, they continue to gain massive revenues with YouTube in it's current form and all their other projects... yet it STILL is not enough? 'Don't be evil', Google? Greed is evil Google.

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allstarcaps June 18 2014 at 4:27 PM

Truth...Problem is EVERYONE wants to STEAL from the artists who deserve to prosper from the SALES of their goods....if not, what's the point!!??? Stealing is stealing no matter HOW you pretty you try to dress that pig. Re-institute real "gate keepers" in the entertainment industry....LOCK OUT all the Pirates!! PAY THE ARTISTS THEIR DUE!!

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kaleo June 18 2014 at 1:21 PM

"According to the Financial Times, YouTube is going to block a number of independent record label music videos who haven't agreed to the licensing terms of it's upcoming subscription service. (Via XL Recordings / Adele)". That should be "its" NOT "it's".

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Shirley June 18 2014 at 11:13 AM

She is so pretty. Don't let anyone copy her songs.

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dvdfrnzwbr June 18 2014 at 11:07 AM

Kick her fat ass out, Long live youtube!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pussycat June 18 2014 at 10:18 AM

Go ahead youboob, those of us who pay for our music will be on whatever Adele is , seriously to block someone who really can sing/write etc. is so lame!

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Victoria Pussycat June 18 2014 at 5:32 PM

Agree! Go after the ones who can't sing. I don't want to list them...

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bdgrizcp June 18 2014 at 9:16 AM

At some point competition becomes repitition. Which leads to confustication. We already have enough music sources. Just as we have way too many travel sites and seem to be getting more every day. YouTube can have all the music on earth but I see no reason to even seem interested.

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