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 @zatnosk@manowar.sociayes

Musicians tend to overwhelmingly support the idea that rich corporations who profit off their work pay them for it.

There's literally no evidence to support your assertion the Danes are unhappy with their PRO.

If you want to go do free labour for google, by all means have at it, but don't demand that from others. Indeed, there's no limit to whatever boots you want to lick, cop.


I have not asserted (or even implied) any of the things you write here. Did you reply to the wrong toot?

@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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