I agree completely that YouTube is a wonderful resource, I have ID'd hundreds of tracks through it and I am very thankful for those that have taken their time to create the clips, sometimes with great videos to go alongside them. There has always been a huge elephant in the room however when it comes to the legal side of things (even moreso recently now some people are uploading HQ rips and making profit through ads) and also the views of the artists themselves which I would imagine has rarely been taken into account before people upload tracks which ultimately they have no right to. To one artist, as has been said already in this thread it may be an honour that someone has gone to the effort to upload one of their tracks, but to another it might be considered bootlegging, which ultimately is what it is when you look at it from a copyright point of view.renegadegenius wrote:
The issue isn't with the artists earning money from an 'Exclusive' store - it's the youtube thing. Potentially destroying 10-15 years of building up, what is basically a library of online old skool (20-25 year old) tunes for people to listen to, ID & then go and find.
They aren't going to earn anything off having exclusive youtube content.
All they are doing is p1ssing off the very people they were hoping to sell to.
It's about doing the right thing, which they (HJ) don't seem to have any interest in.
The way I see it is if you have a channel, make the effort to approach the artist and ask them whether they are happy or not, then youve either covered your back and can stick two fingers up at HardcoreJunglism or you can take it down and let them do it.
I know Im going against the grain of popular opinion in this thread and Im not taking sides or trying to make enemies. I just cant help but feel that as the likes of Flex, Randall, Skeleton, Reinforced and others have all signed up to this site it seems like they are trying to create a legit way for digital music to be distributed and for the artists we all love so much to earn a few quid from all the pleasure they have given us. Everyone making them out to be some sort of pariahs seems well OTT to me.