Thom Yorke Compares YouTube to Nazi Germany
Published Nov 30, 2015Proving that Noel Gallagher doesn't have a monopoly on outspoken British rock frontman rants, Radiohead ringleader Thom Yorke has put YouTube and Google on blast in a new interview.
Speaking to La Repubblica [via Consequence of Sound], Yorke was asked how he discovers new music. "Mostly with Boomkat… I certainly do not use YouTube," he said.
When he does use YouTube, Yorke added that he intentionally skips ads with an ad blocker. "A friend of mine told me about this app to skip commercials on YouTube…. They put advertising before any content, making a lot of money and yet, artists are not paid or are paid smalls sums, and apparently this is fine for them.
"All I know is that they make money from the work of many artists who do not derive any benefit. Service providers make money: Google, YouTube. A lot of money."
Eventually, Yorke proved Godwin's Law — the Internet adage that suggests all debates eventually evoke mention of Hitler or Nazi Germany.
"They seize it," he said of YouTube taking art from artists. "It's like what the Nazis did during the Second World War. In fact they all did that during the war, the British too: steal the art from other countries. What's the difference?"