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Musician compares Google-owned site to Big Brother after allegations of bullying tactics in row over music licensing

 

Billy Bragg: 'I don’t know why [YouTube has] opened this hornet’s nest right now'

Billy Bragg: ‚I don’t know why [YouTube has] opened this hornet’s nest right now‘. Photograph: Mike Coppola/WireImage for NARAS

Musician Billy Bragg has compared YouTube to Big Brother and suggested that the Google-owned site has been „stupid“ to pick a fight with independent labels over music licensing.

 

„Rather than a huge boot stamping on a human face forever, it’s a corporation that changes its logo every week,“ said Bragg, at a press conference in London convened by independent music association WIN.

 

Its member labels have been complaining that YouTube is trying to force them to sign contracts for its upcoming Spotify-style music subscription service, by threatening to block their music on YouTube if they do not sign.

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