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Atoms for Peace's Nigel Godrich Criticizes Spotify, Google in Tumblr Post

October 14, 2013  |  10:00am
Atoms for Peace's Nigel Godrich Criticizes Spotify, Google in Tumblr Post

The past few months have evidently done little to placate Nigel Godrich’s negative feelings toward media streaming services.

Godrich and Radiohead collaborator Thom Yorke removed several of their albums from Spotify during the summer, but now Godrich has once more spoken out against services like Spotify and Google which he believes are responsible for a current decline in quality of the music and film industries.

The Radiohead producer and Atoms for Peace member published a post on his blog as a rebuttal to a London School of Economics paper report called “A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing.”

Godrich remarked that the paper “is so mystifying to anyone who works in the music industry,” commenting that it demonstrated “the intellectuals at the London School of Economics are trying to evangelize these ideals but appear to have no real grasp on the actual situations to which they are referring.”

One major problem with the report, according to Godrich, was that its authors overestimated the ability of less-established musicians to compensate for the revenue they lost due to services like Spotify. Godrich claimed that these artists could not collect enough through concert ticket or merchandise sales to make a sustainable income, as the report suggested.

“Smaller artists who are not in the position to charge anything like the Rolling Stones or Madonna are not the ones benefit[sic] from these new incomes, and yet these are the very people who’s[sic] interest the report is claiming to serve,” Godrich wrote.

According to Godrich, despite the financial blow that Spotify has dealt to the music industry, the services’ shareholders “are sitting on a multi-billion dollar asset and waiting for the moment to float.” They are far more financially secure than the musicians’ whose work they stream, Godrich argued.

In addition to criticizing Spotify, Godrich called out Google for “ignoring copyrights and tacitly turning a blind eye to piracy.” This, he said, has allowed Google to become “one of the richest corporations on the planet” while those produce the movies, television, music and books that it makes available receive “virtually nothing.”

This, he claimed, would have dire consequences on creative industries—especially the film industry, which he said the LSE report inaccurately described as “booming.”

“The truth is that the broader picture for movie makers is bad and getting progressively worse,” he wrote. “It is affecting the ability to obtain finance[sic] for anything but the most mainstream of pictures. Forget about originality and art in major motion pictures, it’s[sic] just too risky.”

Read the full text of Godrich’s post here.

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