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Debbie Harry: 'Music matters. YouTube should pay musicians fairly' (theguardian.com)
8 points by Tomte 25 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments

Musicians used to make money from copies of their works, but technology has lowered the price of copies to nothing so now successful musicians charge for performances or initial releases. What is fair has changed. What is unfair is charging consumers as if the world were still as it used to be full of expensive copies.

It also seems unfair for hundreds or maybe thousands of unlicensed copies of an artist’s music to exist on a service like YouTube and that artist not receiving any revenues for those streams. At least Spotify and Apple Music pay royalties.

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