I just spent an hour trying to find a particular Cinderella video I wanted to post for you. I couldn't, because it seemed that every single Cinderella clip now says "embedding disabled by request."
Give me a break.
I'm against illegal downloading. You all know this. I'm also all about supporting bands. You also know this. For a label to shut down sharing of video clips seems pretty counterproductive to me. I mean, to my knowledge, there's no way you can steal music via YouTube. If there is a way to steal the music then I get why labels are blocking the ability for web owners to embed tracks.
So, assuming there's no way to really strip the songs to create a high quality torrent of music, what is the harm in passing around video clips? Why wouldn't Universal Music want me to embed a clip of their artist on this highly trafficked website? I don't get it.
Word of mouth is the most basic way any musician, writer, artist or actor gains fans - and fame. That fame translates to money. That money makes labels very happy.
I get that YouTube has had its share of copyright battles. I am 100% in agreement that it's not ok to post videos that are violent or graphic in nature. Still, if we're just talking about a video clip that is more than 25 years old - what's the harm? Some new, younger fans? Some older fans reliving the past?
What are your thoughts on labels that don't allow users to embed video clips?