YouTube reportedly threatened to boycott small record companies on streaming service

There has been talk for months about Google’s interest in launching a streaming music service on YouTube, but so far nothing has been put on paper. The excuse, this time, would be a problem with the independent record labels.

Last week, WIN (Worldwide Independent Network), which represents several small companies around the world, released a note criticizing YouTube for making proposals deemed unfair to small labels, saying that the company has threatened to block the content of those who do not accept the terms contained in the contracts.

O New York Times has sources that confirm the problem. According to these people, the decision to speak openly about the issue is an attempt to sensitize Google, which would not even allow independents to collect money from advertising on their YouTube videos.

According to WIN, YouTube signed deals separately with the three biggest labels, Sony, Warner and Universal, but has been looking for the smaller ones separately, precisely to cause pressure. The WIN letter contains record signatures in 18 countries, including Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

In a note sent to the NYT, Google said it had already closed deals with “hundreds” of record labels, both independent and large, but said it would not comment on ongoing negotiations.

At the end of last year it was announced that the streaming service was already ready, but it would not be launched in 2013 because Google was dissatisfied with the product. When he is ready, he will enter a market that already has strong competitors like Spotify and Deezer.

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