Thank you to Rob for answering my question about the UMG initiated blockage. I fully understand this issue now. I also notice with interest that a few Chordify users have expressed some anger with this.
Could I please provide some rational advice.
1) If UMG are concerned that some third parties are making money from using the YouTube videos, then lets look at this issue.
2) Chordify is actually a learning tool for guitar players. It helps them learn the instrument, play along with these fabulous songs, and actually keeps the artists, songwriters and record companies for ordinary musicians to keep the artist's music alive. This must be a good thing.
3) In fact I play double bass in a small music band. We learn all our music tracks from Chordify & YouTube. We make no money from this and play this music for ourselves and for friends and small local community functions.
4) The artists with UMG (see their website) are all huge music names. Get UMG to ask (say) Keith Richards if he wants his Stones songs to be played free for thousands (?) of dedicated musicians.. I would think he would say YES.
5) I pay NZ$46 for a yearly premium membership. This is not a lot, only small change really. So that UMG are not out of pocket I will offer to pay another $46 to them for me to use the music rights they have blocked. This way no ones looses.
6) lets have a constructive debate by Chordify community. I volunteer to be a pro-active supporter of Chordify.
7) Explain to our users clearly what's going on. Contract UMG. Contact Keith.
Keep us informed please.
Regards Ross, a dedicated, retired, 69 year old double bass player from New Zealand. Kia Ora
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