A few days ago, the Google-owned online video platform YouTube made a seriously aggressive move against record labels that use the site for promotion (even as YouTube’s copyright-infringement abetting has been a headache for labels generally). YouTube offered their brand new Spotify-like pay service to record labels with an ultimatum: Sign up, or have your artists’ videos blacklisted from the site.
Apparently, the major labels generally went for it, but a couple big indies, Domino among them, refused. YouTube’s head of content said the video blocking would commence “in a matter of days.” And that puts the videos of Baltimore’s Domino acts Dan Deacon and Animal Collective, in the line of fire!
Susan Busch at Domino declined to comment on the “ongoing discussion,” except to say that label remains “very hopeful” that a resolution will be arrived at in the coming days.
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