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Youtube’s support for musicians comes with non-disparagement clause

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Youtube has reportedly asked musicians to agree to not criticise the streaming-video service in exchange for promotional support, according to a Bloomberg report. The move is being seen as a way to deal with issues raised by artists and the music industry against the platform for poor payments and revenue sharing. In the past few months, YouTube has given a handful of musicians a few hundred thousand dollars to produce videos and has promoted their work on billboards and ads. This has been seen as an effort by the video streaming giant to mend fences with the music industry, which has been critical of YouTube relatively low royalty payments. Yet such support comes with a catch, says the Bloomberg report, with some musicians required to promise that they won’t make negative comments about YouTube. The report quotes individuals who chose…

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