Sacramento post-hardcore outfit Slaves have released an angry statement against the record label Artery Recordings following the removal of their newly created lyric video for their single ‘Winter Everywhere’ due to a copyright claim. The video was taken down shortly after it was uploaded by the band by both their Facebook and YouTube accounts, but has since been reinstated online. You can read the full statement made by the band below:
“Our new lyric video has been taken off of both YouTube and Facebook by Artery Recordings – they’re under the impression this song and this video apparently belong to them. Let me make this clear. Slaves is not under contract, neither album we have is under contract, Slaves wrote this song, Slaves spent months preparing and recording this song, We poured our hearts out into this song, We had the lyric video made ourselves. And NO ONE will take that from us. Our music belongs to us, and it belongs to our fans. Not some dude in a suit collecting every cent we generate. We have worked HARD for everything we have and it’s time to take a stand against CORRUPT bullshit labels like Artery and so many alike. It’s fucked up we live in a world where art we can all relate to, and that makes us all come together and feel at home can be taken by complete fucking greed. We make nearly no money creating what we love, we do it cause it’s our passion not a business. It’s time to take stand against the fucking mess we call a music scene. fuck your label, fuck you and fuck your money, we don’t need it to play music.”
Shortly following this statement, Artery Recordings president Shan Dan responded to the band’s claims with a statement of their own, which can be read in full below:
“To fans that really wanted to hear “Winter Everywhere” that Slaves uploaded to a YouTube channel they created (without giving us a heads up). Please listen to that track and the entire album we uploaded last year (for free) here: http://smarturl.it/my7aj4
It’s a great song, and has been one of our favorites for a while. The lyric video on their Facebook looks great as well, and we would love to upload it to our 161,000 YouTube subscribers to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy it as much as we did.
We just wish we were told about it so it didn’t get flagged on their personal channel (which is what happens when you upload previously released audio to a new channel).
This isn’t a grandiose story of an evil label trying to smash a band, just a story about a band that didn’t email their label so they could take care of their request through the proper channels.”