YouTube still has full albums on its platform, and that’s a problem
Lyor Cohen isn’t off to a good start in his new role as global head of music at YouTube. In an interview with Recode last week, the longtime music executive — who was brought in to smooth over relations with the music industry — claimed that YouTube “had a solution” to help its Content ID team stop users who post full albums without artist or label approval, an issue that has plagued YouTube and infuriated the music industry for years.
Here’s what Cohen told Recode:
When I told [the Content ID team] about the albums, they said, “Yeah, they jumped over our Content ID by speeding up the tempo of the music, slightly. We’ve already got a solution for it.” I had them walk me through the process. I felt so proud that I could really talk to…