Apparently, the danish songwriter's union (KODA) is in conflict with Google over how much YouTube should pay musicians.
If you tomorrow suddenly can't listen to Volbeat, Aqua, D-A-D, or Alfabeat on youtube, it's because KODA hasn't allowed the current licensing deal to be extended.
This is your irregularly scheduled Scandinavian reminder to join a union!
(I'm a member of two; KODA is one of them)
To be clear, it's Google that's about to remove all danish music from YouTube, because KODA won't accept a 70% decrease in licensing payment to musicians.
The new deal they're trying to negotiate is a collective deal including Norwegian and Finnish songwriters unions too, so it may or may not include all music from Norway and/or Finland too.
This could include bands such as ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, Avicii, Nightwish, HIM, Arch Enemy, HammerFall, Opeth, Apocalyptica.
They motherfucking did it. Google is now blocking everyone in Denmark from hearing Danish music on YouTube.
Everyone else can hear our music but us.
What The Fuck.
Article from Danish Songwriter's Union in Danish:
It's dismaying, but also a 100% predictable development, IMO.
The more these companies get to insert themselves between artists and audience, the more revenue they will squeeze out. And the worst part is that the huge mobilisation against the bogus enemy of file sharing (that KODA and other rightsholder orgs have been part of) has contributed to the problem.
@gamayun there were a few posts in a row attacking the PRO and I perhaps mistakenly assumed you were among them when you wrote "these companies". If that phrase was meant to refer to alphabet, then I apologise entirely.
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