Warner Removes Content From YouTube

Bloomberg.com is reporting that Warner Music Group (WMG)– whose roster includes such big name rappers as T.I., Lupe Fiasco and Plies – has removed videos from their entire catalog from YouTube after both companies failed to reach an agreement on royalties.

Back in September of ‘06 Warner made a deal with the popular video-sharing site to share revenues from ads and royalties but after renegotiations failed over the weekend, WMG said they will take down all videos and songs from their artists, as well as content from those signed to their publishing branch.

“We simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide,” Warner Music said in a statement over the weekend.

Warner is not the only company with problems with YouTube. Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and EMI Group Ltd. are also in renegotiations with the Google owned site. – Elan Mancini

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Their loss, that low quality ass encoding aint hurting nothing. Youtube is the FIRST place I go to check out new videos or songs. If its dope I cop it…I’, lying I just bit torrent that shit to get a better copy. LOL

    Naw I buy records everyonce in a while

  • Worley

    These corporations just don’t get it. Do they really think someone wants to sit through commercials or Terrence and Rocsi running their damn mouths all for the off chance that they might see their favorite video? And God forbid if the song didn’t come out two weeks ago. You have no chance of seeing the video.

    Although it would be hard to quantify, I am sure irrelevant artists and their labels benefit from their material being on YouTube. It’s free marketing and promotion. So what if YouTube makes a buck or two. Stop being greedy.

  • $ykotic

    blame them google nerds

    greedy ass marks

    YOUTUBE: It’s a wrap.

    THE OTHER LABELS WILL FOLLOW SUIT.

    NOW WE CAN’T GET THEM(OR KEEP THEM) VIDEOS PAST OR PRESENT THAT RELATE 2 OUR LIVES. OLDER ARTISTS CANNOT GET ROYALTIES TO FEED FAMILIES.

    YOUTUBE OVERESTIMATED THEIR POPULARITY.

    NOW WE CAN LOOK FORWARD 2 SKATER DUDES JUMPING OVER CANS. UNLESS GOOGLE CUT THAT CHECK.

    ONE OR 2 COMPANIES AINT ENOUGH.

    ON THE BUSINESS SIDE, LOOKS LIKE A PICK AND ROLL FOR MYSPACE TO SCORE.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    The music business is intent on oneing itself. Let’s allow them the pleasure of self-euthanizing.

    Why the fuck–excuse my fuckage–would an antique giant like Warner actually fight the digital age? It’s not like they’re missing money here; they’re just used to getting their way.

    The music industry reminds me of the 5-year old child in a stroller. When you see someone pushing them down the boulevard, you want to just kick the damn thing over and say, “It’s time that little fucker learned to walk on his own!”

    That’s all.

  • G-unit killa

    Fuck QUE ROLLO AND G-UNOT KILLA

  • QUE ROLLO

    haha. nigga fuck u. u fuckin special ed ass crack child. u fuckin pathetic nigga. fuckin crackhead.

  • teddy

    no ones gonna give a fuck about warner and their roster we can easily watch those videos on another site just as easily meanwhile aint nuthin hurtin youtube pulling those videos isnt gonna stop anyone going on youtube just means we wont be watchin their videos their music vids this is just a desperate attempt to get paid since no one cops anything from record stores anymore

  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    The record industry just won’t stop trying to punish the consumer. The bottom line is that they thought and continue to think that CD sales are going to be forever. Why wasn’t any of these executives looking at the technological advances of the millenium and preparing for change. Now it’s too late and everyday a few thoussand people learn how to download. Me personally I was a CD collector two years ago. I haven’t bought one since June. The industry is changing but it’s not dead. There’s still ways to make revenue, they will just have to be more creative in their thinking.

    http://www.rapaveli.com

  • FlapJack

    If the music-industry stand together in this one, it might be a new way for artists to get some money.

    Good look Warner!

  • http://www.thisis50.com/profiles/mariomarroquin Mario

    turn’s out it was Youtube who took them down.

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  • http://behindthescenesco.info/bookmarks/ Cleo Weniger

    Wow! Image hunting search engines all night with this and that i finally think it is listed here!