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Hypebot reports: “The music business has long been critical of YouTube not only for its 55/45 split (45% going to YouTube), but for the fact that songwriters and publishers frequently go unpaid. This could soon change for songwriters signed to ASCAP as the organization has agreed to a new plan that shares songwriter information with the video streaming platform. In what may be a first in that the deal is totally voluntary and not rate court-mandated, ASCAP will combine the data on its 10.5 million musical works with YouTube’s database.”

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