Neil Young has come to the defense of his label Reprise Records and Warner Music Group (WMG) over the ongoing content dispute between WMG and YouTube.

On his blog, Young says the major label is being penalized for being the first to sign licensing deals with YouTube at rates less than what the other majors received later on.

He writes: "If all artists were compensated equally, and the people decided who had the hits and misses by virtue of number of downloads and plays, there could be no grounds for disagreement that would cause the facilitator of the art to break the conduit between an artist and an audience. That is what has happened to Warner Bros artists caught in You Tube's web. You Tube has a responsibility to respect the artists it facilitates and resist punishing them to make a business point."