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Neil Young: Google, Facebook, Amazon Ripping Off Artists

Neil Young: Google, Facebook, Amazon Ripping Off Artists

Singer Neil Young performs onstage on February 6, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 10:30 AM

Neil Young bashed Google and other social media outlets in an internet rant on the Neil Young Archives website, charging that the companies have made it difficult for musicians to make a living off their work.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Young said in the post that tech companies are not paying artists for their music while they rake in millions of dollars based off their efforts.

"Today, in the age of Facebook, Google, and Amazon, it's hard to tell how a new and growing musical artist could make it in the way we did," Young wrote. "The Tech Giants have figured out a way to use all the great music of everyone from all time, without reporting an artist's number of plays or paying a f***ing cent to the musicians. Aren't they great companies! It makes you wonder where the next generation of artists will come from. How will they survive?"

Young claims that Google has guided people to websites that pirate music without compensating the creators of the work.

"Amazing tech breakthrough!! Meanwhile, they reap the bucks from ads people read while listening to music made my artists," he continued. "Google just changed their motto from 'Do the Right Thing,' but haven't changed anything else as they continue to rip off the artist community, building their wealth on music's back and paying nothing to the artists . . . WOW! Brilliant tech breakthrough! BTW, Google is YouTube. Guess who's next?"

A late 2016 study done for the recording industry group IFPI found that more than one-third of 12,600 internet users in 13 countries surveyed said they continued to listen to "copyright-infringing" music over a recent six-month span instead of purchasing it through legal paid streamers like Spotify, according to Business Insider.

In November, Google wiped a total of 786 pirate sites from its search results, according to TorrentFreak.com. Also last year, Google and Microsoft's Bing search tool signed a deal to combat piracy by demoting links to sites promoting the practice, Mashable reported at the time.

Young was called "one of rock and roll's greatest songwriters and performers" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he was inducted in the museum in 1995. He is best known for his 1972 album "Harvest," which remains his best-seller, along with his collaborations with the hit group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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