Google Coercing Independent Musicians Into Joining a Spotify Competitor


Google is reportedly planning on launching a competing service to Spotify and Pandora. In an attempt to get as many artist to particapate as possible, Google is reaching out to record labels and informing them that if their artist do not agree to the terms of this new service, their videos will be removed and blocked on Youtube.

WIN, which represents independent labels worldwide, claims that YouTube is approaching labels directly with a "template contract" and threatening that if they do not sign it, all their music videos will be blocked on YouTube. It also claims the terms of the contract are non-negotiable, and undervalue the music of these labels in comparison to Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and other subscription streaming services.