– Licensing talks between Google’s (NASD: GOOG) YouTube and GEMA have broken down, leading the
German music rightsholder group to demand that 600 videos be removed from the
German version of the site.
After a year of negotiations, GEMA said in a
statement it was unable to reach a deal with YouTube, which had similar issues
rights group PRS for Music but eventually reached new licensing terms.
Billboard reports that GEMA “wanted assurances that a new deal would
include a share of advertising revenue and take account of YouTube’s revenue
“Operators of online platforms such as YouTube which
generate advertising revenues in the millions from the use of copyrighted
content must ensure that those who create such works and supply the content are
remunerated appropriately,” GEMA head Harald Heker told Billboard.