In a new essay posted on its website, musician Neil Young called on major technology companies such as Google to link piracy websites and thus deprive musicians of revenue, and wondered how the next generation of musicians will survive.
In its publication, Young begins to speak on its album of 1996 Broken Arrows, and how the letter of the song "Music Arcade" caused it to reflect on its previous successes, and is not sure that it can be reached by the musicians nowadays . "Today, in the FaceBook era [sic] GOOGLE and Amazon," he writes, "it's hard to say how a new and growing music artist could achieve it the way we did." He goes on to say that Google benefited greatly from searches (including those from piracy websites), but left artists out of the loop. These are not exactly new topics: the RIAA has complained for years that Google makes it very easy for users to find pirated music.
Young has been a fierce critic of online music services in the past, taking his music out of streaming services for complaints about sound quality in 2015. He put his money where his mouth is in December, launching The Neil Young Archive , a collection of almost all his music, available in a high quality format. The site is currently free, but will be charged to users as of June 30.