Last week I posted the news that UK artist Skepta’s new single Dare To Dream had been removed from YouTube and passed on to golden boy Eminem by Interscope Records founder Jimmy Iovine (Click HERE to read all about it).
And since then it’s been revealed just how this all went down.
Website Torrent Freak writes,
After “Dare to Dream” was put up on YouTube one of its early listeners was Jimmy Iovine, founder of Interscope records. Recognizing quality, Iovine had plans in his mind for Skepta’s track so, with help from parent company Universal, they had YouTube remove the song on copyright grounds.
Armed with cash Interscope then approached Boy Better Known, a group and record label founded in 2005 by Skepta and the team behind Dare to Dream.
So that CRETIN Iovine arranged for the single to be removed from YouTube and they placed a fraudulent “copyright complaint” notice in its place without even having the decency to contact Skepta first with a request to buy the single. What would have happened if Skepta had refused to sell?
The sheer arrogance and blatant abuse of the DMCA vehicle by Iovine is just sickening.
This is why I wouldn’t last five minutes as an artist. I would be in prison right now. My crime – smashing an unscrupulous music executive’s face in.
Listen to Skepta Dare To Dream below.
Also click HERE to read’Universal Music accused of using fraudulent DMCA notices as a negotiating tactic in licensing music from other labels’.