This post originally contained an over-the-top rant against a label. What caused that rant? The truth. I had my YouTube channel suspended because of a THIRD copyright infringement. While many people post music on YouTube, every video that I posted was music that I purchased, each video had links in the description to BUY the music LEGALLY and I never posted full albums.
Not everyone wants people posting music and it is against YouTube policy to do that. The first infringement was an RPWL video so that was fair. The second was for Angra covering the Police and the claim that was made was by someone not involved with the band or label. I had no way to even dispute that. So I decided not to risk getting banned by YouTube and always did indie artists’ music with the artists permission after that.
Prior to the second infringement, I had posted a track from the band Wayfarer to help promote their album, “Children of the Iron Age.” They only had one video posted by their label, Prosthetic Records and I felt a different song (“Skysong”) would help people who followed the Progressive Music Planet get into the band. More than six months after it was originally posted, a claim was filed by a representative of Prosthetic Records and my channel was suspended.
I was pissed off. I did not handle it well and said more than was needed to be said. The label rep was definitely within his rights to have that video pulled. He stated it was “done in error.” I have no idea how that happens but again, I had no right to post the song even though it was done to promote the band. I posted a tirade here against the label and the rep.
After that, the rep contacted me directly on every email and social media account I have with the same statement. I needed to remove/redact what I wrote because it was slanderous. I believe I am entitled to my opinion but I did see that my tone wasn’t appropriate so I did redact the post. However, I do not apologize for posting the video or trying to help ANY band. Wayfarer wasn’t even the only band I posted from Prosthetic. I had posted THREE songs by the great Heaven’s Cry as well. That was never removed.
Since all of this, I was blocked by Prosthetic Records on Twitter and by my label rep (different person) on Twitter as well. I do understand that people are sensitive and I can be quite inflammatory with my comments. The bigger issue here is that I don’t think anyone should tell me that I am not allowed to have an opinion. So that is why I have replaced my original posts with this one. These are all FACTS.
I will continue to support great bands like Wayfarer, Heaven’s Cry, Tempel, Animals as Leaders, Scale the Summit and all the rest that are on Prosthetic Records. These bands deserve to be HEARD and people need to BUY THEIR MUSIC! I will not post anything further on the label or any of the reps from the label. They don’t matter really. The music industry has changed and bands need support. Labels should support their bands and so should the fans of the bands. I wish Prosthetic Records the best! I will keep BUYING the music on their label as long as they keep signing and PROMOTING great bands!
Update: they have unblocked me on Twitter and I appreciate it. I have refollowed them. Thank you to my friend Zee of Fire Garden for standing up on my behalf.
Update: I have cleared everything up with the label and we are all good now. Thank you all for the support and support Prosthetic!