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Well this is a bit of a shitter !!

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by CARUTHERS, Mar 10, 2009.


    CARUTHERS Newbie

    May 19, 2008
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    Hi Guys,

    Just seen this article posted on Yahoo UK.

    Music fans will no longer be able to watch their favourite videos on YouTube after Google blocked viewings during a dispute over licensing. Skip related content

    Music fans will no longer be able to watch videos on YouTube due to a licensing row
    Google started to block UK viewers from watching "premium music videos" from Monday night but said it will take several days until all professional music videos are covered by the restriction.

    The internet giant described it as a "painful decision" which it knew would cause "significant disappointment".

    PRS for Music licenses Google to make music videos available to UK users on YouTube but the firms are currently negotiating a new licensing deal.

    PRS for Music said it was shocked by Google's "drastic action" which it said would "punish" music lovers and songwriters.

    The collection society, which issues licences and collects royalties on behalf of copyright holders, said Google wants to pay "significantly less than at present to the writers of the music" while Google said the deal it had been offered would result in it losing money every time a video was played.

    A statement from Google said: "Our previous licence from PRS for Music has expired, and we've been unable so far to come to an agreement to renew it on terms that are economically sustainable for us."

    It said "prohibitive licensing fees" were an obstacle in the negotiations and added: "We're still working with PRS for Music in an effort to reach mutually acceptable terms for a new licence, but until we do so we will be blocking premium music videos in the UK that have been supplied or claimed by record labels. This was a painful decision, and we know the significant disappointment it will cause within the UK."

    PRS for Music said it was "outraged on behalf of consumers and songwriters that Google has chosen to close down access to music videos on YouTube in the UK".

    While negotiations continue, Google said it would be working "to create more ways to compensate musicians and other rights-holders on YouTube". It recently introduced the option for YouTube users to pay to download a song. "We hope that professional music videos will soon be back on YouTube for our users in the UK to enjoy," its statement added.

    I´m sure this will effect quite a few of you, sorry..

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  2. halfalump

    halfalump Regular Member

    Feb 10, 2009
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    music licensing deals are so over. why don't people get that? there's more money to be made in the free exchange if you're smart.
  3. djedje70

    djedje70 Regular Member

    Feb 5, 2008
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    none of ur fr#$%ing biz dude!!!
    The music industry has always been greedy and stupid.
    They feared the radio saying people wouldn't go see their artists no more and buy their records. They were wrong.
    They feared VHS videos for the same reasons. Again, they were wrong.
    They are now fearing the internet. But guess what? They still do make more money.

    I just don't get it.
  4. tonlilaz

    tonlilaz Executive VIP

    Feb 28, 2008
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    it's not about fear, it's about control....

    they're not afraid of hurt sales, they want to control the net...and thanx to google and friends, they will get what they want...

    my money says that google's getting a kick back from these music companies....