Recording Artists Banned From YouTube?
Music from Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and many others may not be available on YouTube much longer. The website’s head of content and business operations tells the “Financial Times” that a number of big-name acts will be blacklisted in “a matter of days.” The move comes as YouTube readies its new subscription streaming service that will allow for ad-free viewing for users who pay a monthly fee. A group of artists who are signed to independent labels however aren’t pleased with the financial contract, and are refusing to sign the site’s new licensing terms. Included in that group is Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien. The guitarist recently told “The Guardian” that indie artists and labels are “at the cutting edge of the future of music,” so restricting them risks “creating an Internet just for the superstars and big businesses.” YouTube says 90 percent of record labels — including Universal, Sony and Warner — have agreed to the new terms. The subscription service hasn’t launched yet, but YouTube is planning to begin testing out its ad-free model.