Neil Young is a big fan of new technology, but he is no fan of Google.
The Canadian music legend, who recently launched a streaming service for his entire musical archive, has penned an open letter on the website taking tech companies to task for their effect on the music industry.
“Today, in the age of FaceBook, Google, and Amazon, it’s hard to tell how a new and growing musical artist could make it in the way we did,” Young wrote. “The Tech Giants have figured out a way to use all the great music of everyone from all time, without reporting an artist’s number of plays or paying a fucking cent to the musicians.”
Young saved most of his ire for Google, though, writing, “‘Don’t Be Evil.’ That was Google’s corporate motto as they directed users to pirate sites to get artists’ creations and not pay.”
“Google just changed their motto to ‘Do The Right Thing,’ but haven’t changed anything else as they continue to rip off the artist community, building their wealth on music’s back and paying nothing to the artists,” Young added.