Thom Yorke has recently made very bold comments about YouTube and its parent company Google, saying that they are doing what the Nazis did in WWII.
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Radiohead frontman said that the companies have “seized control,” of art, which is “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?” he said.
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Yorke, who said that he does not use YouTube and instead looks for new music through online music shop Boomkat, said that a friend told him about an app to skip commercials on the video sharing website. “They put advertising before any content, making a lot of money and yet, artists are not paid or are paid small sums, and apparently this is fine for them [YouTube].”
“The funny thing is that YouTube has said ‘that’s not fair’ [to AdBlocker]. You know? They say it’s not fair – the people who put adverts in front of any piece of content, making a load of money, while artists don’t get paid or are paid laughable amounts – and that seems fine to them. But if [YouTube] don’t get a profit out of it, it’s not fair,” he added.
In line with these statements, Yorke was asked about the ways in which musicians scan profit from making music in the digital world. He said that he doesn’t have the solution to these kinds of problems, but knows that these big companies are “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,” Yorke explained.
This is not the first time that Yorke commented on big music sharing companies. In 2013, he called Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”