Taylor Swift Fighting YouTube For More Money

Taylor Swift and other big music stars are fighting for more money from YouTube, and their own fans. Are they correct? Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"Now Swift and other music artists are publicly taking on YouTube, calling for better protections against copyright infringement and better pay for artists. But this time she’s unlikely to win.

Swift joined up with 180 other artists, including Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Elton John, to publish an open letterprotesting about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The US copyright law, they argued, has “allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone” while “songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish”.

The high-profile complaint, which was timed to add weight to negotiations between record labels and Google over music licensing, makes sense on the surface.

“They feel they are being short-changed,” explains Mark Mulligan, managing director of MIDiA Research, which published a report on Tuesday into the economics of YouTube. “YouTube streams have grown massively while revenues have grown very little.””*

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  51 comments for “Taylor Swift Fighting YouTube For More Money

  1. Phil Maturano
    July 15, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    Oh Cenk. I love you man BUT….You are sooooo utterly wrong on this. I hope
    you will re evaluate this position. The pop people (Who are not musicians
    for the most part) are seen because we real musicians don’t have a voice.
    We get ripped off without end. We are the future of what the world will
    look like if we don’t protect ordinary people morally from the disaster of
    file sharing and the rest of this mess. Please don’t tell me go on tour…I
    am on tour constantly. Don’t tell me anything except come up with a
    solution because the people making money off the backs of real musicians
    are the cable companies and etc. We are providing content for them and they
    don’t pay us. No one pays us. Its a real mess. I can tell you my own story
    if you like…I know you won’t be interested or even respond to this. But I
    can tell you its not pop people who are getting the shaft. Its the real
    musicians of this world.

    • Phil Maturano
      July 15, 2016 at 4:10 PM

      Boy the trolls are on this clip.

    July 15, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    she has to pay all of those 70+ producers , 40+ songwriters that actually
    make her albums

    • Ministro Infernale
      July 15, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      +spiderfan1974 Nah. I said that someone’s style comes across in the music.
      I didn’t allude to any ability. “Instantly tell who wrote it”, etc. That is
      a straw man. With emphasis on “instantly”, you’re exaggerating my claims so
      that they are easier to refute. I’m saying that each person has a unique
      style, and I know what Taylor Swift’s style of writing sounds like. That
      doesn’t mean that someone can’t imitate her style, but it’s much harder to
      sound like someone else than it is to sound like oneself. I know that her
      songs, especially the Fearless, and Speak Now era songs, are hers, and from
      the heart. If you haven’t heard those albums, then you’re in no position to

    • Ministro Infernale
      July 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

      +rocker4577 Fallacious; based on a mistaken belief. That is what I intended
      to articulate.

    • xena_radar
      July 15, 2016 at 2:09 PM

      The record label pays for that.

  3. The softest parf of a woman's breast is?
    July 15, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    Kanye West was right !

    • Gavin Nhapi
      July 15, 2016 at 7:18 AM

      i love you for that comment lol

    • thisguyrighthere3
      July 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM

      not only was he right but he was also gay

  4. Nathan Glover
    July 14, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Why ohh why are these millions of dollars just not enough… sigh:/

    • Nathan Glover
      July 15, 2016 at 7:08 AM

      +Gabe Lippincott Because she is spear heading tho whole thing

    • Gabe Lippincott
      July 15, 2016 at 7:46 AM

      +Nathan Glover if you asked her the questions she wouldn’t have a clue she
      has managers and lawyer who handle her business just like anyone else and
      if they are stealing her product then she has every right to fight for what
      is hers if doesn’t matter how much money she has it is a dumb argument, if
      you use that logic then anyone who has more money then you is fair game to
      steal from.

  5. Keynu Lee
    July 14, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    She’s one of the richest female singers, yet STILL complains about not
    getting enough money? Disgusting.

    • GreenOnionBrother
      July 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM

      +tentimetex What the hell are you talking about? They ARE giving back.

    • Iftekhar Ahmed
      July 15, 2016 at 3:04 PM

      seems like that

    • GreenOnionBrother
      July 15, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      +Michelle Cespedes Young and upstarting artists WANT their music to be on
      youtube to gain attention. In fact, because they are so small when somebody
      likes them they’ll be much more likely to buy their album, but that only
      works if they find out about them in the first place. And other than
      Youtube, where would people do that? Spotify? Which Swift is also against?

  6. Batman
    July 14, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    She’s hot. She gets what she wants

    • dschonsie
      July 15, 2016 at 5:32 AM

      Ever seen her without makeup? she looks like a toilet brush.

    • Wayne Link
      July 15, 2016 at 5:52 PM

      hot as pablum.

  7. NeccoWecco
    July 14, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    can we stop pretending that taylor swift is some sweet country girl? She
    continually goes after the little guy to pick her pennies and now is going
    after companies who made software to SPECIFICALLY benefit people like her

    • CNL _
      July 14, 2016 at 9:59 PM

      well, i’ll gladly let her take my pennies and do what ever she wants with

    • leon1234578
      July 15, 2016 at 1:17 AM

      +Batman her body shaped like a praying mantis

    • Batman
      July 15, 2016 at 1:34 AM

      +leon1234578 more like a playing mantis smh

    • Leen Tih
      July 15, 2016 at 8:57 AM

      lol that’s a keeper

  8. TwiTch
    July 14, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    I Think South Park had an episode on this

    • joe564338
      July 15, 2016 at 3:11 AM


    • madmax1717
      July 15, 2016 at 3:39 AM

      South Park always nails it 😀

    • Yusuf Anik
      July 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

      what season? what episode?

    • madmax1717
      July 15, 2016 at 2:17 PM

      709 – Christian Rock Hard

  9. Aj. Mac13
    July 14, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Something deep inside me HATES Taylor Swift. Something about her just turns
    me off

    • Ministro Infernale
      July 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM

      +Yeemond Lee Nope.

    • Daron French
      July 15, 2016 at 2:54 PM

      Swift is narrastic and greedy. And her music is garbage.

    • Ministro Infernale
      July 15, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      +Jadae16t I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  10. Gromulous Straine
    July 14, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    I don’t remember the last time I actually “bought” a song.

    • thomas vinelli
      July 15, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      And you should be busted for that…creep

    • GreenOnionBrother
      July 15, 2016 at 6:27 PM

      +thomas vinelli Sorry to break it to you, but Sablon is right, there is
      literally not way that’s gonna happen. It’s virtually (pun not intended but
      appreciated) impossible to do.

  11. Denis Gonzalez Blandon
    July 14, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    What if YouTube didn’t exits all these artists would be broke!

  12. PIXI Ears
    July 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    i only bought one song in my entire life…

    • AwenShirazi
      July 15, 2016 at 4:37 PM

      +…and you will know us by the Trail of Dead You know, that is
      interesting. I just thought my local stations were lame, and still enjoyed
      “Yeah!” by Usher. Thank you for insight.

    • 7armedman
      July 15, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      Appaently you don’t know how to write down coherent thoughts either.

  13. Barclay Hinson
    July 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Can’t wait for Cenk and his ad nauseum “Not ALL Muslims” rant after ANOTHER

    • a1ntcry1noveru
      July 15, 2016 at 4:07 PM

      +LGBT Lover yeah i know that, it was sarcasm

    • Dolida
      July 15, 2016 at 4:37 PM

      Funny how people are commenting about the different lone attackers done by
      supposed Muslims but have not once stated about the other attacks done by
      thousands of other so called human beings of other religions for other
      groups that have killed so many more. E.G Netanyahu, George Bush,
      Yeah you can point out one or two so called ‘Muslims’ that have done these
      attacks (which by the way a real muslim doesnt do these things, but do you
      care to know that? No. You prefer to pretend to be smart and spout nonsense
      on the internet on things you dont properly know about) but I can give you
      way more on others who’ve terrorised the world that are not. So do the
      world a favour and all of you either stop talking or get off the internet
      before you’re embaressed even further.

    • Barclay Hinson
      July 15, 2016 at 4:38 PM

      “George Bush and the Zionists!!!” ROFL

    • Barclay Hinson
      July 15, 2016 at 4:50 PM

      +Ryan Barak We now live in a “progressive” Groundhog Day of Muslim

  14. Black Stallion
    July 14, 2016 at 8:41 PM


    • Flexr
      July 15, 2016 at 5:32 PM

      Why? All their going to do is defend Islam then in the next video bag on

  15. Javier Ramirez (J.A.R. Beats)
    July 14, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Bla bla bla…

    • Javier Ramirez (J.A.R. Beats)
      July 14, 2016 at 10:08 PM

      +CandyLaStar I don’t know where are you getting this from. Bla bla bla is
      incoherent. How is that starving for attention? And why capitalize “that”
      for? Look man. Believe what you want to believe. Your type are the ones
      that are always seeking attention.

    • CandyLaStar
      July 14, 2016 at 10:16 PM

      +Javier Ramirez LOL ..oh how so?

    • LANO
      July 15, 2016 at 4:55 PM

      Wow what a great argument you offered to the table to debunk all of Cenk’s
      point. Lol please dont make it easy than it already is taylor fantards

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