Neil Young Wants 'Respect' From YouTube
March 3, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
NEIL YOUNG wants to remind YOUTUBE that "Rockin' in the Free World" isn't free. CNET.COM writes the iconic musician, whose hits include "Harvest Moon," "Cinnamon Girl" and "Rockin' in the Free World," says in a blog post that YOUTUBE doesn't fairly compensate acts represented by WARNER MUSIC GROUP.
YOUNG is referring to the spat that erupted in JANUARY between WARNER MUSIC and YOUTUBE. The two companies couldn't come to terms on a new licensing agreement and WARNER MUSIC's content was pulled from YOUTUBE.
"YOUTUBE has a responsibility to respect the artists it facilitates and resist punishing them to make a business point," YOUNG wrote at his site, NEILYOUNG.COM.
In the past, YOUTUBE has struck separate licensing agreements with each of the top four record labels. The GOOGLE-owned company is amid renegotiating those deals. In 2006, WARNER was first among the labels to partner with YOUTUBE. The other labels signed later but negotiated better terms, according to numerous industry sources.
Now, WARNER wants what competitors received. Presumably, YOUTUBE isn't offering all of them.
"It is time for industry-wide standards of artist's compensation on the Web," YOUNG wrote. "WARNER BROS. artists deserve what artists from other labels are getting."