This week saw the death of Majestic Casual, and I don’t know how many of you are aware of the sadness of this. It was a YouTube channel that played a massive part in exposing a lot of underground EDM, hip-hop and future beat artists which clocked up millions of views – it’s safe to say the calibre of music they shared was pretty damn high. I am personally a massive fan, and with them really only just seeming to take off with the releases of their albums, it’s a shock to say the least to hear this news.
We’re all kind of aware of YouTube‘s copyright laws – you’re only supposed to upload that which you own – yet there are many channels that share great music and have yet to suffer the wrath that Majestic Casual has fallen to this week. YouTube stated:
“Majestic Casual has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user has posted”.
These parties could be several people, from other YouTube channels, to labels signing the artists shared, or even the artists themselves.
Is this a wise move though? The music industry seems to constantly fight against the internet and its whole sharing element, and there’s no real way of them winning. Instead, the industry just comes off as being the petty spoilsport a lot of the time, especially when you consider how much promotion channels like Majestic Casual brought to various artists and genres.
This is undoubtedly a sad week for music fans. What exactly is the limit on sharing music you love and giving shine to artists you think more people should know about? This is something that needs clarifying, and something that needs realigning with the modern world and music scene. Sadly, I don’t see that happened without more casualties like Majestic Casual.