The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), which includes a wide range of indie music associations in its membership, is responding to concerns about YouTube's licensing practices with a joint global statement. Though YouTube is negotiating directly with major labels to license music for its future streaming service, the company has presented indies with templated contracts and "an explicit threat that their content will be blocked on the platform if it is not signed." This unacceptable situation offers a clear focus around which to gather indie forces at a time when YouTube has become a dominant player in online music. WIN's initiative...

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