Independent Labels Back Down YouTube in Rights Fight

Independent Labels Back Down YouTube in Rights Fight

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Three weeks ago, YouTube and its parent company Google started a dangerous game of brinksmanship with the independent music world. YouTube required that indies adhere to obtrusive demands for rights to use their music as part of YouTube’s upcoming streaming service, or be faced with extinction from the YouTube format entirely, including the current free YouTube site. That’s right, even big stars on independent labels such as Jack White and Adele would vanish. The thought of this sent the independent music world into a tizzy, and despite YouTube claiming their streaming launch and the subsequent eradication of many independent artists on their site was set to transpire “in a…



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