A YouTube musician named Zoe Keating is resisting YouTube's latest demands that all musicians sign a draconian, 5 year agreement to provide ads on all music videos, make the entire music catalog available, and release exclusively on YouTube first. She would also be prohibited from putting any music on other free services like BandCamp or SoundCloud.
Writing on her Tumblr blog, Keating says she doesn't want to sign YouTube's new agreement. But if she doesn't, they will completely block her YouTube channel. Leo says that this is a deal we all make for so-called "free" services, which can change the rules at any time. At some point, it's far better to drive your audience to your own site where you can do things on your own terms. But that incurs bandwidth costs.