Thursday, July 23, 2009

In the name of the artist

It can never be stressed enough that the music industry does what it does not for the backroom guys who love the smell of money, or to keep lawyers busy. Oh, no, they do it for the artists.

Artists like Calvin Harris. How delighted he was to discover that his own music had been scrubbed from YouTube. His own YouTube account.

You'll probably have already read the Twitterstorm, but just in case you missed it:

Youtube have now removed the ORIGINAL mix and video of Ready For The Weekend, due to a 'copyright claim'.

IT'S MY FUCKING SONG YOU ABSOLUTE BASTARDS

This is enough to tip me over the edge, i'm not joking

There are videos up there that other people have uploaded of the same song, and they haven't been removed!? But mine does!

It's the fucking BPI. FUCK YOU 'The BPI' what have you ever done for anybody you useless shower of cunts

Fantastic use of time combating piracy by removing my own videos, what a fucking revelation. Fuck the Torrent sites, this is the way forward

We already contacted them 3 DAYS AGO about the Fake Blood and High Contrast mixes and they've done nothing, just continued!?

The BPI are the worst organisation to ever walk the earth and their setup is shambolic and their online employees are all massive retards

Yet the Dave Spoon mixes remain!? And all my other music videos. Again, if the BPI try to remove JAM TV i'm going to the House of Lords

This is unbelievable, and it seems I am completely powerless to do anything. Sony have done nothing, the BPI have done nothing

I'm going to drive my car into the big window in the BPI's offices on my way to the studio this morning

I'm going to hire a 4x4 for the day so i make more of an impact, and hopefully reach the online monkeys at the back of the office

Then i'm going to jump out the sunroof and get busy with a frying pan. OR WOK

It's possibly the thought of hitting people with woks - or maybe the need to oil the wok afterwards - that calmed Calvin down a little:
Ok I got a bit caught up in the heat of the moment. Sorry to employees of the BPI who aren't massive retards. But please put my video back

Today, the video is back...
The good news is, the video is back up! http://bit.ly/1077TS The bad news is, i rented the monster truck for 3 days

Calvin was very, very unfair to the BPI in his anger. The RIAA and the IFPI are much more shambolic organisations. Much, much worse.

Mike G, to whom thanks for the story, points out that Harris has complained in the past about the "low" cost of downloads - "there's no pleasing some people."