How Youtube gets heavy with uploading musicians

How Youtube gets heavy with uploading musicians


norman lebrecht

January 29, 2015

Zoe Keating is an internet phenomenon, the most popular cellist on Twitter and a presence on all other social media.

Except, possibly, Youtube.

Staff at the Google-owned site are acting like rottweilers with musicians who want to maintain control of their video output.

Zoe has been spilling her story to Billboard. Read her perils here – and beware: there’s no such thing as a free ride.

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If you, too, have been hassled by Youtube, please let us know.



  • JAMA11 says:

    Reading this article – even though it is highly sympathetic to Ms Keating – reveals a situation of great complexity. This isn’t just “YouTube screws musicians.” However, it’s pretty clear that many musicians will either get a raw deal or will find it extraordinarily hard to negotiate with YouTube. I had no idea this was a problem!

  • Bob M says:

    Just as musicians and publicists can link to a YouTube video, they can link to a video on their own site. It’s easier than ever now to create such a site and advertise accordingly. YouTube is becoming for the lazy.