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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights 197

Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."
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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

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  • by phrostie ( 121428 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @10:52AM (#47066091)

    I was an early supporter of Google but it just keeps getting worse and worse.

    Google has become the Karma Sutra of the internet.
    you are going to get screwed, just choose a position or they will chose it for you.

  • by fsagx ( 1936954 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @11:29AM (#47066639)

    Karma Sutra

    LOL. Another way of saying that what goes around comes around, I guess.

  • by Kamiza Ikioi ( 893310 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:37PM (#47067431)

    Google strong-arming musicians like the worst of the music industry? I dunno, sounds pretty evil to me.

    Yes, how dare Google dictate its own business terms! How dare they tell those making money off of their 100% completely free service (without even ads if they so chose not to have them) that the free ride won't last forever. Evil! Evil I say! Nay, Google... NAY!

    Google should have no say over how they choose to do business. Instead, Google should be nationalized and operated by an independent board of poets, and every decision voted on by their users to make everyone happy. Their servers will then be converted to run on unicorn rainbow farts, and 99% of profits shall be given to EU newspapers to recoup all of the vast amounts of business they've lost by having Google link to their stories so that people can actually find them.


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