Women in Music 2016

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney Blasts YouTube's Payouts: 'A Song Should Cost as Much as an Avocado'

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Patrick Carney from the Black Keys performs on Day 2 of the Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 12, 2015 in Newport, Isle of Wight.  

After Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Nikki Sixx' new band Sixx:AM publicly slammed YouTube earlier this week, the Black Keys' Patrick Carney is jumping on the dog pile to trash the streaming service over its artist royalty payouts. 

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In a series of tweets Thursday (June 16), Carney said that artists aren't getting paid the money their due on YouTube due to unauthorized videos. He also said any artist who is invested in a streaming service but doesn't speak out for fair pay is a sell out. 


On Wednesday, YouTube responded to criticisms, specifically from Reznor, who claimed YouTube is "built on the backs of free, stolen content."

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In a statement to Billboard, YouTube said, "The overwhelming majority of labels and publishers have licensing agreements in place with YouTube to leave fan videos up on the platform and earn revenue from them. Today the revenue from fan uploaded content accounts for roughly 50 percent of the music industry’s YouTube revenue. Any assertion that this content is largely unlicensed is false. To date, we have paid out over $3 billion to the music industry -- and that number is growing year on year."