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Van Halen Manager Enters YouTube Battle

05/11/2016
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(Classic Rock) Van Halen manager Irving Azoff has called on YouTube to come up with a fairer deal for musicians. Azoff - who also manages Thirty Seconds To Mars, Steely Dan and Christina Aguilera, among others - has penned an open letter to the video and music streaming site on Recode's website.

It's a response to a post on YouTube's Creator Blog called Setting The Record Straight, which addressed recent comments by Sixx AM, Metallica manager Peter Mensch and others that YouTube was mistreating artists.

Azoff says YouTube's policy of not allowing artists to opt out of appearing on the site is unfair. YouTube uses the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to justify its stance, meaning artists have to send YouTube a notice every time one of their songs is uploaded by a different user - a situation Azoff says is "impossible" to stay on top of.

He says: "If YouTube cares about copyright management then join the music business in its efforts to reform the DMCA. Or, better yet, you could really prove your love for music by not allowing music on to YouTube unless you ask the creators of that song for permission.

"I know realistically you won't voluntarily agree to take on the task of asking artists for their permission. So, if you are going to continue to force artists to notify you when an infringing song is on YouTube, once an artist tells you that she wants her song taken off YouTube, you should keep it off. When the artist sends a 'take down,' it should be a 'stay down.'" Read more here.

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