It all kicked off yesterday, with YouTube announcing that it’s blocking thousands of “premium” music videos on its site from UK users, due to fraught licensing negotiations with PRS for Music. Both sides are blaming the other – YouTube says that the collecting society was demanding far too high a rise in fees, while PRS for Music says YouTube pulled the videos in the middle of negotiations with no warning. As far as we’re concerned, this is a no-win dispute for all sides: labels and artists, PRS for Music and YouTube itself? And music fans? Well, as online commentators are pointing out, they may just head elsewhere to unlicensed sites or P2P networks to get their music video kicks. Full coverage is on our blog via the links above.

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