BBC NEWS | Entertainment | YouTube music video row heats up
13 March 2009:
A deal between YouTube and the PRS, which set out how much the website pays songwriters every time their videos are watched, has expired.
The two sides are now wrangling over a new fee. YouTube says the PRS is demanding “many, many times” the previous rate, but the PRS says YouTube wants to pay “significantly less than at present”.
Sharkey accused Google, which owns YouTube, of blocking the videos in order to force the PRS to lower its price.
So, is Google using copyright as an excuse to flex it’s muscles? By blocking music videos, they are enraging the average consumer (who does not know or care about Copyright) and showing how effective they are at helping to promote music. PRS supplies licences to the rights to the performance, so it is only really hurting the artists, surely?