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German Rights Body and YouTube End Seven-Year Battle

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Billboard reports: “A seven-year-long battle over the work of German songwriters and composers has ended. Google’s international video giant YouTube and GEMA — the Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte, a German organization responsible for administrating publishers’, songwriters’ and composers’ work for licensing, and collecting the fees around that licensing — announced they have reached a deal that will allow the 70,000-plus authors and publishers (and millions of international artists and rights holders) that GEMA administers to appear on the platform. GEMA had two main problems with YouTube: low royalties and safe harbor, the main enabler of the so-called “value gap.” Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, made clear in his state of the union address in September that his government would force sites like YouTube to pay more for the content on its platform, and better police infringing content.

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