The Dandy Warhols have taken to Twitter to call out their label Dine Alone Records and its distributor Universal Music Group for issuing a takedown notice for their own music video.
— The Dandy Warhols (@TheDandyWarhols) June 9, 2017
It took Dine Alone over a week to make things right, finally making the fix this morning.
Naturally, UMG has remained quiet about pulling the ‘You Are Killing Me’ clip but you’d be forgiven for thinking the band had tagged in the wrong music company (The Dandys aren’t signed to UMG). As revealed by the band on Twitter, it seems the rights to the clip were licensed to Vevo after the band posted the clip. Remember Vevo is a JV between UMG, Sony, Abu Dhabi Media, Google, and Warner.
If industry whispers are to be believed, there’s a bigger issue than digital piracy at play here. According to TechCrunch, music labels are “throwing DMCA notices at each other in the hope that music videos from competing record companies get removed from legitimate accounts (where they generally get the most views).”
The Dandy Warhols are far from the first to tell a YouTube copyright and ContentID horror story. Calvin Harris and Diplo have both publicly blasted the music companies who had their works removed, and just last week Ariana Grande’s benefit concert in Manchester was blocked by YouTube’s ContentID (digital fingerprint) system, despite being posted on her own channel.