Google Boss Denies 'Screwing' Music Industry
January 20, 2009 at 7:18 AM (PT)
GOOGLE's VP/Content Partnership DAVID EUN said the music industry should let "innovation thrive" after WARNER ordered GOOGLE-owned YOUTUBE to remove clips featuring music by its artists, reports U.K.'s THE TELEGRAPH. EUN reacted to criticism of GOOGLE at the industry's MIDEM conference in CANNES, FRANCE.
He said, "We don't make money unless our partners make money, so the idea that we would screw a partner on whom we depend is not rational or logical. We're not screwing the labels, and if anything, we need to partner more closely with them. There are a lot of very smart people who really understand the challenge they face in the music industry. So yes, there are some people who do get it, and want to work very closely with us. But there are a lot of people who are still very defensive as opposed to offensive."
WARNER MUSIC GROUP recently forced the video sharing site to take down all clips by its artists after failing to agree on royalties, including tracks by MADONNA, REM and ERIC CLAPTON.
When asked about about respecting and protecting copyright for the music industry, EUN said that YOUTUBE has put its various measures in place, including its Content ID technology to help copyright-holders identify infringing videos, and then decide whether to block them outright, to track what happens to that video to learn, or to allow it to go up and make money from it.