Thom Yorke performs at the Latitude Festival in Britain in July.
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By Benjamin Snyder
December 2, 2015

Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke recently had some pretty strong comments about tech giant Google, which owns Youtube (GOOG).

In an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica, the rock star likened the company to the Nazis when discussing tech companies and streaming services.

“I don’t have the solution to these problems. I only know that they’re making money with the work of loads of artists who don’t get any benefit from it,” Yorke said in the interview, as translated by Vulture. “People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It’s not true.”

He added, “The creators of services make money—Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea—they take everything there is. ‘Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it’s ours. No, no, we’re joking—it’s still yours.'”

And then Yorke compared them to the Third Reich: “They’ve seized control of it—it’s like what the Nazis did during the second world war,” he said. “Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English—stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?”

This isn’t the first time Yorke has attacked music streaming services and other tech companies. Three years ago, he called Spotify the “last desperate fart of a dying corpse,” according to Vulture.

Fortune has reached out to YouTube and Yorke’s public relations team for a response. Google declined to comment.


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