Viewers in the UK will once again be able to watch music videos on video-streaming website YouTube after the popular site struck a deal to end a six-month dispute over royalty payments.
The UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS) , that represents songwriters, had failed to agree a fee with YouTube’s parent company, Google,, resulting in thousands of music videos being blocked to UK users.
Million pound agreement
Now, the internet giant has agreed to pay an undisclosed lump sum – reportedly worth tens of millions of pounds – to the PRS in a deal that will last until 2012.
Andrew Shaw, PRS managing director of broadcast and online, said: ‘We are very pleased we have been able to sign a deal which fairly remunerates artists, composers and publishers.’
A statement on YouTube said: ‘We are pleased to announce that an agreement for a license has been reached and both PRS for Music and YouTube are happy that the negotiations resulted in a mutually acceptable deal.’
YouTube is expected to take around a week to reinstate the thousands of deleted music videos back on the site. Several musicians, reportedly including UK act Florence and the Machine, will act as guest editors for the return of music videos, choosing their favourites for the site’s home page.
How to follow the latest Which? Tech news
Are you a Twitter user? Follow WhichTech on Twitter for regular tech tweets.
Prefer RSS? Don’t miss a thing with the Which? tech RSS feed.
For just the main headlines in newsletter form, sign-up to our weekly Which? tech email.
Apple iPad 2 3G data plans compared – find the best 3G plan for your iPad
Best Android tablets round-up – we look at the best iPad alternatives around
Best cheap laptops for under £500 – find the best laptop deals