YouTube is “embroiled in a really public spat with songwriters and music publishers in Denmark,” in accordance with one music-industry information web site. They cite Koda, the group that collects royalties and licensing charges for musicians, as saying that YouTube is now threatening to take away all music written by Danish songwriters:
The reason for this risk is a disagreement between the 2 events over the remuneration of songwriters and publishers available in the market. YouTube and Koda’s final multi-year licensing deal expired in April. Since then, the 2 events have been working beneath a short lived license settlement… In a press release to media Friday (July 31), Koda claims YouTube is insisting that — with a view to lengthen its momentary deal in Denmark — Koda should now comply with a near-70% discount in funds to composers and songwriters.
YouTube has fired again at this declare, suggesting that beneath its current momentary cope with Koda (which expired Friday), the physique “earned again lower than half of the assure funds” handed over by the service.
Koda says it “can not settle for” YouTube’s phrases, in accordance with the article, including that Google and YouTube “have now unilaterally determined that Koda’s members can not have their content material proven on YouTube”.
The director of YouTube Music, EMEA counters that “They’re asking for considerably greater than what we pay our different companions,” in accordance with the article — which additionally shares this assertion from YouTube. “We take copyright legislation very significantly.”
“As our license expires as we speak and since we’ve been unable to safe an settlement we are going to take away recognized Koda content material from the platform.”
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