YouTube to block indie labels as subscription service launches
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 18/06/2014 19:36
YouTube will remove music videos by artists such as Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, because the independent labels to which they belong have refused to agree terms with the site.
Google, which owns YouTube, has been renegotiating contracts as it prepares to launch a music subscription service.
A spokesperson for the indie labels said YouTube was making a "grave error of commercial judgment".
YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service
Independent artists could disappear from YouTube "in a matter of days" after the Google video service confirmed it was dropping content from independent labels that have not signed up for its upcoming subscription music service.
YouTube is about to begin testing the new service - which will charge people to watch and listen to music without ads, and download songs to their mobile devices - within the next few days, initially within Google.