- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is accusing YouTube and parent company Google of stealing art in the same way Nazis did during WWII.

“They’ve seized control of it — it’s like what the Nazis did during the second world war,” he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, as translated by The Guardian. “Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English — stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?”

Mr. Yorke, 47, said he “definitely doesn’t use YouTube” and instead finds new music through online music shop Boomkat, The Guardian reported.

“A friend of mine told me about this app to skip commercials on YouTube … They put advertising before any content, making a lot of money and yet, artists are not paid or are paid small sums, and apparently this is fine for them [YouTube],” he said.

“The funny thing is that YouTube has said ‘that’s not fair’ [to AdBlocker],” he continued. “You know? They say it’s not fair — the people who put adverts in front of any piece of content, making a load of money, while artists don’t get paid or are paid laughable amounts — and that seems fine to them. But if [YouTube] don’t get a profit out of it, it’s not fair.”

When asked how musicians can profit in the digital world, Mr. Yorke said, “I don’t have the solution to these problems. I only know that they’re making money with the work of loads of artists who don’t get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It’s not true. The creators of services make money — Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea — they take everything there is. ‘Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it’s ours. No, no, we’re joking — it’s still yours.’”

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