The video sharing site is blocking users in the UK from watching music videos.
Wired PR News.com – YouTube has reportedly begun blocking users in the UK from viewing music videos on their site. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Google Inc., which owns the website, announced on Monday that they would begin the process Monday night after failing to reach a negotiation deal with Britain’s PRS for Music. The entity collects royalties for writers and publishers across the globe.
Google Inc. is quoted in the report as releasing the statement, “Our previous license 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… we will be blocking premium music videos in the UK that have been supplied or claimed by record labels.”
PRS is quoted as releasing the statement in response to Google’s actions, “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.”
There has yet to be word on the length of time the videos will remain blocked.
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