In which we look at Zoë Keating’s ongoing kerfuffle with YouTube. Is YouTube strong-arming indie artists? Should megacorporations force all their clients—customer and producer—to fit in a one-size-fits-all setup, or should they take the long view and do what is best not only for the bottom line but also for the relationship between artist and audience. Oh, and what about those monopolies and monopsonies? They might have some extra ethical responsibility, too!
Before You Go
- LEGO Announces Doctor Who Set for Later this year
- FCC announces intent to regulate broadband under Title II:
- “Let It Burn” by Magic Giant. Used by permission.
- “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho, who has been practicing piano so that he’ll eventually be able to sit down at some glorious Bösendorfer or Steinway and dazzle you with a real version of this.
- “What should I do about Youtube?”—Zoë Keating’s original post
- “Clarity”—her follow-up with her transcript of the conversation
- Ben Thompson: “Dear Zoë Keating: Tell YouTube to Take a Hike”
- The Guardian recaps the affair: “Zoe Keating v YouTube: key sticking points in Google’s latest music row”
- David Lowery on the whole business: “Zoë Keating vs YouTube: The End of an Artist’s Right to Choose Where Their Music Appears on The Internet.”
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