… If anyone in Warner Music Group is reading this ...
While Warner Music Group certainly has the legal right to remove the video I produced, I am frustrated that no one from the company contacted me directly. Sure, I'm just a small fish in a gigantic pond, but I obviously touched on a nerve here. I simply received a standard email from youtube noting the copyright infringement.
I see the viral nature of this video as an opportunity for Warner Music Group to make a progressive move towards a more modern way of dealing with fan-produced media. I wish they would have seen this as a chance to take a leading role in the rapidly changing world of online media distribution… especially when dealing with one of the world's most respected and prolific entertainers who, after 40+ years of performing, still has an amazingly solid connection with his fans.
I wish they would have considered an alternative way to preserve and present this magical event to Neil Young's fans instead of just removing it. So if anyone out there in Warner Brothers-land is reading this, I'm all ears and just a click away
Director/Owner Reelife Documentary Productions
Original interview with The Village Voice:
• The Village Voice Article "Behind the Infamous Neil Young Carnegie Hall Concert Taping"
Monte WRSI interview:
Wall Street Journal
Howard Stern's Tweet:
Neil on piracy: