Amateurs no longer need as Sony muscles them off YouTube
Bob Dylan Just Like a Woman
Sony Music and Bob Dylan are pushing Bob Dylan fan videos off YouYube as we predicted last fall. When the Day of the Locust video was removed from our story Bob Dylan original art and prints Drawn Blank it was just another Dylan video “removed” by YouTube.
A search for “Bob Dylan” on YouTube produced 65,000 videos, down from more than 110,000 in September of 2009. For the most part, the Bob Dylan videos remaining are on official channels like BobDylanTV and VEVO, both of which are owned or controlled by Sony Music.
Follow the money
It’s not that Bob Dylan doesn’t like his fans or their videos. His label Sony thinks it’s losing advertising money when we watch videos that they don’t control.
When you got a rock group that got its break on the Internet as in YouTube, you don’t turn off the tap for the next hit
OK Go – Here It Goes Again from OK Go on Vimeo.
File under: Dumb and Dumber OK GO got their break putting their homemade videos on YouTube 1.1 million hits translated into a contract with EMI but now they want to turn their back on the Internet, at least EMI does.
EMI turned off embedding on YouTube. Embedding allows people to pass videos around to their friends, post them on their blogs without actually copying the video. Continue reading →