There’s more trouble for YouTube in Germany, where collecting society GEMA has broken off talks about a renewal of its licensing deal with Google’s video site. What’s more, GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members, and says it has the backing of eight overseas collecting societies: AKM, ASCAP, BMI, SABAM, SACEM, SESAC, SIAE and SUISA. “We want to show Google what we would be capable of doing if we wanted,” says GEMA’s broadcasting and online director Urban Pappi. Google’s Patrick Walker has described the breakdown in talks as “disappointing”, and warned that GEMA’s demands are unsustainable. “Nobody can expect that YouTube is going into a business where it loses money each time a music video is [played]. This simply is not sustainable.” Source:
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