Taylor Swift and the music industry wage war on Google’s YouTube, take fight to U.S. Congress

“Taylor Swift and many in the music industry are officially taking their bad blood with YouTube to Congress,” Dee Lockett reports for Vulture. “Swift, along with 160 artists and labels, including U2, Paul McCartney, and the Big Three (Universal, Sony, and Warner), has joined a growing petition urging Washington to make serious updates to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).”

“‘[DMCA] has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone, while songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish,’ the petition reads,” Lockett reports. “And it specifically takes aim at YouTube, which the petition’s organizer, music manager Irving Azoff, says ‘threaten[s] the continued viability of songwriters and recording artists to survive.'”

“Trent Reznor, who works for Apple Music, recently called YouTube ‘very disingenuous,’ arguing that it’s “built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big. I think any free-tiered service is not fair,'” Lockett reports. “The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney then tweeted, ‘Give me five minutes on YouTube and I probably can find 250 songs that are available which the artist isn’t getting paid for. At least.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Carney’s estimate is extremely conservative.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. No you and I are making less. Concert tickets have doubled, Ms. Swift’s included, she is making huge $$. She also criticized Apple for not paying artists during the time they themselves were not being paid. Then she went on tour posting videos of her introducing he unpaid guest artists. Not sure how it works but I know I posted a wedding video to Youtube and you could here about 10 seconds of a song in the back ground of it , it was immediately blocked and I had to agree to give any money made off the video to the artist who’s song you could here before it would be available.

    1. I rarely use YouTube for listening to my “rap industry” music. Hip/Hop – Rap music is not as easy to make as it seems. And more than half do use musicians along with the electronic aspect (keyboards etc) to make their sound.

  1. Why I appreciate access to music on YouTube:

    1) I learn new music that is otherwise inaccessible thanks to the sick, demented and antiquated music industry.

    2) I can hear music that is entirely unavailable in the USA thanks to idiotic music industry marketing moron ‘zone system’ and the idiotic inability of the antiquated music industry to catch up with the new world order of universal media access.

    Having said that, I have no sympathy for people who use YouTube as a method of ripping off music they do not pay for. That’s a slap and act of robbery against the livelihood of musicians. If only the stupid music industry was as concerned for the livelihood of musicians as I am.

    IOW: It’s about personal ethics. Use them and YouTube’s provided access to music is incredibly helpful and useful.

  2. I think the musicians have a point. However, there is no way in a free society that you are going to stop this train. In the digital world, things want to get out and things want to be free.

    As others here have noted, some artists have used YouTube to make money and gain exposure. Some artists rise to fame through YouTube. So it is a double edged sword, with some good and some bad.

    But either you adapt or perish, that is the way it is in business and nature.

  3. You Tube gives people like me free exposure and a small amount of money based on ad click revenues. Spotify and many of the others, including Apple, require us to pay for inclusion. On top of that, You Tube viewers don’t seem to care so much about the production values, whereas the consumers at the other services expect the full expensive studio sound. What Taylor and the others are complaining about is not You Tube itself, I think, but the fans who put ripoffs up without the original artist’s approval or knowledge. If You Tube could guarantee proper payments to the artists, I think there would be no complaints. “Proper” is another sticking point, though.

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