the man strikes again, youtube wars

if you hadn’t noticed, all of the dresden dolls and amanda palmer official videos have been taken off youtube.

yes, folks…girl anachronism, coin-operated boy, shores of california, almost everything from who killed amanda palmer….pretty much the whole deal.
all gone. go look for yourself.
and you ask…wtf?

this is why:

nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/22/business/media/22warner.html?ref=business
wired: http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/12/warner-pulls-mu.html

basically:
“Unable to reach new licensing terms, the Warner Music Group has demanded that thousands of its videos be removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google. Warner Music’s videos, the source of a billion views on YouTube, gradually began disappearing from the site on Saturday, although many remained online Sunday evening.”

in other words, roadrunner is a subsidiary of warner and i’m stuck in hell with madonna and the other poor bastards, because warner wants more money. even worse, warner has almost no bargaining power…they’re not even in the top ten of labels who have huge artists with material streaming on youtube. they’re just starving for cash right now and they’re doing anything they can think of to come up with cash. it’s abSURD. they are looking for money in a totally backwards way.

money that, i should point out, i would NEVER see as an artist. if they got their way and youtube decided to give them a larger revenue share of the videos, it;s very unlikely it would ever make it’s way into the artists’ bank accounts. 

damn, man. this shit is fucked UP.

i’ll obviously let you know what happens, but i’m slowly planning some sort of tribute-a-thon of dolls and amanda videos in lieu of our actual clips.

maybe a “everybody re-enact your favorite dolls video in one take on a shitty camera, with hand puppets, for under $5” contest. maybe it will yield a masterpiece.

i loved my videos.

now they are gone.

why is life so hard?

did i mention that being on a major label is starting to seem like…..not such a grand idea?

meanwhile.

i hate the cold. elaine sent me a nice vest, with a hood.

maybe i won’t take it off until my videos are back up, in protest.

shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel

x

afp.

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