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Caribou says Domino removing Four Tet albums from streaming was a "desperate and vindictive act"

23 November 2021, 12:03 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Caribou's Dan Snaith has responded to Domino Records removing three of Four Tet's albums from streaming services amid their legal dispute, calling it a "desperate and vindictive act".

On Sunday (21 November), Four Tet gave an update on his legal dispute with Domino Records over streaming royalties, revealing that the label had removed his 2001 album Pause, 2003’s Rounds and 2005’s Everything Ecstatic from streaming services despite Kieran Hebden writing that he "did not agree to them taking this action."

Yesterday (23 November) Dan Snaith of Caribou responded to Hebden's update on his legal dispute with Domino on Twitter, writing that Hebden is his "musical mentor and I've never met anyone as committed to the betterment of musical culture and being an advocate for independent artists as he is."

"His decisions throughout this have been consistently motivated by settling a fair precedent for other artists in similar situations rather than by his own self interest," Snaith continued. "It's often assumed that independent labels have the same interests at heart and are benevolent actors in the current music industry climate. Many are - Merge Records, City Slang - but it is clear from their actions, that the management at Domino Records are not."

In his final tweet, Snaith added, "Taking down Kieran's albums rather than allow a precedent to be set for musicians to receive fair share of streaming revenue can only be seen as a desperate and vindictive act."

Four Tet's legal case against Domino will be heard in court on 18 January 2022.
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