YouTube Blocks Music Videos in UK Over Royalty Dispute

Film Music Magazine • March 24, 2009

Top online video site YouTube, owned by Google, has blocked thousands of music videos for UK site visitors after failing to reach an agreement regarding online performance royalties with the UK’s performing rights society, PRS for Music.

In a statement responding to Google’s actions, the UK performing rights society PRS for Music said, “PRS for Music is outraged on behalf of consumers and songwriters that Google has chosen to close down access to music videos on YouTube in the UK. Google has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing. This action has been taken without any consultation with PRS for Music and in the middle of negotiations between the two parties. PRS for Music has not requested Google to do this and urges them to reconsider their decision as a matter of urgency.”

Patrick Walker, YouTube’s director of video partnerships, said the move was “regrettable” but that it continued to talk to the PRS. “The more music videos YouTube streams, and the more popular those music videos are, the more money YouTube will generate to share with the PRS and its song writers. It’s a win-win arrangement. YouTube, however, cannot be expected to engage in a business in which it loses money every time a music video is played – that is simply not a sustainable business model.” he said.


By Jason BUsh on March 28th, 2009 at 11:49 am

Creative Artists should recieve the most royalties they deserve anywhere in the world.
Jason Bush
Composer of Music For Film & T.V.

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