The suits have managed to do it again: W …

The suits have managed to do it again: Warner Music Pulls Videos Off YouTube.

“Warner Music Group ordered YouTube on Saturday to remove all music videos by its artists from the popular online video-sharing site after contract negotiations broke down. … The talks fell apart early on Saturday because Warner wants a bigger share of the huge revenue potential of YouTube’s massive visitor traffic. There were no reports on what Warner was seeking. ‘We simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide,’ Warner said in a statement.”

Warner’s deal with YouTube to make those videos available came just prior to YouTube’s acquisition by Google.

Luckily, snarky anti-music label comments are Slashdot’s specialty.

“We simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists”

So Warner thinks all the contracts they have with the signed artists are unfair and should be void?


“The labels don’t mind paying MTV to play their videos, but they want Youtube to pay them?”

It looks like the labels are doubly incompetent: MTV takes their money, but then it doesn’t bother to play any music videos at all.

But I think the real truth comes in:

I remember when music videos were essential promotional tools. That’s one of the reasons artists spend their own money making them.

Now get off my lawn.

As the Slashdot editor pointed out, this is a re-negotiation of the original deal, which was forged before YouTube was a part of our Dear and Glorious Leader Google. Now that they have gone from bargaining with an uppity Web 2.0 start-up to bargaining with, essentially, the God of The Internet, they must have set their sights higher. I think the problem here is that Warner thinks that it can take its ball and go home. All of the illegally posted but relatively un-policed music videos before and during the terms of the current deal speak otherwise.

So Warner shuts down their own YouTube account, removes all the official videos, and goes back to sending constant DMCA Takedowns to Google, who just shuffle papers and take a while to remove the videos (“Big corporation means big overhead. You understand, right Warner?”) and Warner just ends up looking like asses, without accomplishing their goal. (Forcing people to watch MTV for band advertisment music videos?)

Really, Google just needs to make all of the former Warner videos rick-rolls.