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YouTube Cutting Out Indie Artists
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you’re a big fan of bands signed on indie labels you’ll soon find you’re no longer able to watch them on YouTube.

As YouTube begins launching its subscription service, it will also begin removing videos from artists on independent labels that have not agreed to YouTube’s terms. Affected artists include big names like Radiohead and Adel, who have gained wild success without having to sign on with major record labels.

The independent labels have complained that they are receiving “highly unfavorable terms” from YouTube. The Worldwide Independent Network, which represents the labels, claims that YouTube doesn’t understand the value of independent music to the overall community.

“By not giving their subscribers access to independent music, YouTube is setting itself up for failure. The vast majority of independent labels around the world are disappointed at the lack of respect and understanding shown by YouTube.”

The affected videos to be removed are the ones exclusively licensed to independent labels. You would still be able to see indie artists’ performances on Vimeo. Independent labels can expect to see their artists videos removed in the next few days if an agreement cannot be reached between the labels and YouTube. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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