Thom Yorke Hits Out At YouTube!

Thom Yorke

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke’s views on streaming services have been well known for several years but he’s now turned his attention to YouTube. In a new interview the singer blasts the online service and while he admits he can’t offer musicians a way of stopping companies from using their work he’s quite clear about what he thinks of them and who he would compare them to.

‘I don’t have the solution to these problems. I only know that they’re making money with the work of loads of artists who don’t get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It’s not true. The creators of services make money — Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea – they take everything there is. “Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it’s ours. No, no, we’re joking – it’s still yours”. They’ve seized control of it — it’s like what the Nazis did during the second world war. Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English — stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?’

In the meantime the number of artists removing their work from streaming services continues to grow. The Beatles, Neil Young, Taylor Swift, Bob Seger, Garth Brooks and Tool are just a handful whose music you won’t currently find available.


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