Musician Zoe Keating’s blog post last week about her dispute with YouTube over its Music Key contract is rumbling into a big headache for the video service. Not least because she’s doing a good job of explaining her position. “It’s not about royalties at all. It’s about my right to control my catalogue,” she told Billboard yesterday.
“Whenever you talk about that people say, ‘Well, it’s all up there for free anyway’. This is another distinction I make. I’m not on a major record label. I’ve never had a problem with file-sharing/piracy. That’s not something that’s been a problem for me. I mentioned this at my blog. It’s one thing for individuals to upload my music all over the Internet. It’s a whole other thing for a corporation to force me to.” Keating also claimed that part of YouTube’s negotiating policy had been to suggest she sign its Music Key contract because “we’re not going to police it” in regards to terms like not doing early/exclusive deals with rival services. “My lawyer, I asked him what he thought about that and he said he didn’t think it was a great idea to sign with a major corporation where you specifically do not intend to do what the terms say…”