Music Industry Finds New Ways to Shoot Self in Foot

I like a band called Metric that, while quite popular in Canada, isn’t so well-known in the United States. And since they’re a pretty “political” band, I think they’re a group a lot of readers of this blog might be interested in. Thus, I’m going to embed on the blog this music video of their song “Succexxy” that was released back in 2004 and that I think does a great job of capturing the insane spirit of the Summer of the War back in 2002:

By embedding the video, I’m exposing the band to a wider audience. Maybe some of you will like the song and the video. And maybe some of those people will buy a Metric album. Win-win!

But it seems that’s not how Warner Music Group sees things:

Warner Music said it would pull hundreds of thousands of videos from the site following the collapse of talks with the Google-owned company about renegotiating a content-sharing deal. “We simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide,” the group said. Warner Music added that it was “working actively” to find a resolution with YouTube.

As Ta-Nehisi Coates says:

A music video is nothing more than a really expensive ad. It’s amazing that these guys want YouTube to pay them for the right to show their videos. They should be trying to leverage the viewers into buyers. These guys are straight out 1963. They deserve whatever’s coming to them in this economy.

Of course Metric’s not a Warner group, so I’m still free to help them promote their work without paying them a fee for my trouble.