Zoe Keating Shares Call Transcript After YouTube Says Her Claims Are “Patently False”
On Friday evening, a YouTube spokesperson called "payently false" claims by indie artist Zoe Keating's claim that she was being forced off the video service if she did not agree to all the terms of a new contract adding Google's paid Music Key service. Keating rebutted by releasing a rough transcript of her call with her representative at YouTube.
Keating's husband has been fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer, and she''s taken on the daunting task of battling the insurance companies to cover his care. "I based what I wrote (about YouTube) off the transcript of our conversation – after 9 months of dealing with the health insurance company I’ve gotten good at taking transcripts," wrote Keating.
Her YouTube rep told Google would “have to block my channel” if she didn’t sign the new music services agreement, according to Keating's transcript published on her bloghttp://zoekeating.tumblr.com/:
"the music terms are outdated and the content that you uploaded will be blocked. But anything that we can scan and match from other users will be matched in content ID and you can track it but won’t be able to participate in revenue sharing.”
"All music content has to be licensed under this new agreement. We can’t have music in the free version that is not in the paid version”
I had them explain it again to be sure.
“Wow, that’s a bit harsh,” I said.
“Yeah, I know,” they said.
Google Retreats, No Video Monetization Without A New Contract?
After Zeating published her transcript, YouTube is "re-grouping to clarify their policies and figure out exactly what artists are being told.," according to Digital Music News, who first received the email rebuttal from YouTube.
We're reaching out Google and other sources for clarification. But it appears that, at the very least, aritsts will no longer be able to monetize their videos on YouTube unless they sign the new Music Key agreement.