Almost everyone is on board with the new YouTube Music, according to YouTube, and what’s worse, only a few organizations that don’t represent all indies are making the most noise. Here what a YouTube spokesperson told Death & Taxes this morning.
“It’s business. You’ll never get everyone to agree. These trade groups are misrepresenting their own members to make it sound like this [change in terms] impacts all indies. They are trying to create the perception that [the new contracts] impact all indies, which is not correct.”
Furthermore, the labels that are in the 5% know who they are. “If you are in that small subset of folks we are actively negotiating with YouTube about moving from the prior contract to the new one, if you’re in that 5%, you’d know you’re in that 5%.”
Additionally, the spokesperson also clarified the following points:
1. There is not a planned blacklisting, and any reference to a blacklist was likely taken out of context.
But, content can be blocked depending on the specific legal arrangements and contracts between YouTube and the label.
2. This doesn’t affect unsigned artists, or more specifically, artists that don’t have a business relationship with YouTube.
“Nothing different happens. You keep uploading your videos exactly as before.”
3. YouTube will not be profiting off of a video for which an agreement does not exist.
“By no means be profiting from a video where we don’t have a copyright agreement in place.”
4. YouTube Music will likely launch in a few months, but there is no set timetable. And, all services will be additive to the existing YouTube, not replacements.
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“It is very unfortunate how things have unfolded. Above all else, YouTube respects the privacy of those who bring content to the platform.”