Warner Music Group has ordered YouTube to remove all music videos by its artists after contract negotiations broke down. The talks fell apart early Saturday because Warner wants a bigger share of the revenue potential of YouTube’s visitor traffic.
Warner Music, home to artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and rapper T.I., was in 2006 the first major media company to negotiate a deal with YouTube. In exchange for the use of their music videos and songs, the company and others who signed deals are paid a share of revenue generated by ads displayed alongside their content.
Here’s the Warner Music Group channel on YouTube if you want to search around for videos while you still can!