Google has started blocking access to music videos on YouTube accessed in the UK. The move came off the back of ongoing negotiations between Google and PRS for Music over the renewal of Google’s licence to show music videos on YouTube.
Both companies now hope to come to a swift resolution that will see music videos return to YouTube as quickly as possible.
PRS for Music collects and pays music writers, composers and publishers royalties when their music is made publicly available online. The company issued a statement in response to Google‘s move to block music videos, stating ‘PRS for Music has not requested Google to do this and urges them to reconsider their decision as a matter of urgency’.
Google and PRS Music argue over licence fee
Google claims it would make a loss each time a video is played if it had accepted the deal offered by PRS for Music. Meanwhile, the rights collection company claims that Google wishes to pay significantly less than what they are currently paying.
Google has not confirmed how many videos have been blocked, but it said that a computer programme would gradually block videos from being accessed.
Google and PRS for Music met yesterday to discuss negotiations further. A statement on the PRS for Music website states ‘The meeting was positive. We are committed to ensuring our 60,000 songwriter and composer members receive a fair deal and that UK consumers continue to enjoy music videos on YouTube’.
© Press Association 2009
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