From cabs to balconies to generic in-studio appearances, there is no shortage of opportunities for artists to record live sessions for websites and YouTube channels.
But a row between Deerhoof and music site Daytrotter has highlighted the potential problems in terms of ownership of this material.
The band’s drummer Greg Saunier published a long update on Facebook – shared on by the band’s account – accusing Daytrotter of breaking a promise to keep Deerhoof’s session in front of its paywall.
He also suggested to artists that recording for the service may see them “discover seven months later in a Daytrotter tweet that an LP of your session has been pressed without your knowledge, and is for sale for $27 on a Woodstock memorabilia website called Wolfgang’s Vault”.
In response, Daytrotter said it has recorded more than 7,000 bands over the last eleven years; that its monthly subscription “is used to keep our studio open and cover our costs”; and that there had been an agreement between Daytrotter’s now-departed founder and Deerhoof over the vinyl release of their session.