Thom Yorke Compares Google And YouTube To Nazi Germany | Music News
Thom Yorke recently had an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The Guardian reports that during the interview the Radiohead frontman said YouTube and parent company Google had “seized control” of art, then compared them to Nazi Germany’s history of plundering art.
Asked how musicians can profit from their music, Yorke responded:
“I don’t have the solution to these problems. I only know that they’re making money with the work of loads of artists who don’t get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It’s not true. The creators of services make money – Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea – they take everything there is. ‘Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it’s ours. No, no, we’re joking – it’s still yours’. They’ve seized control of it – it’s like what the Nazis did during the second world war. Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English – stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?”