US music publishers settle YouTube lawsuit


YouTube and US music publishers are no longer at loggerheads, after settling their long-running litigation. YouTube announced a deal with the National Music Publishers Association and its Harry Fox Agency subsidiary that will see publishers earning money from ads running alongside user-generated YouTube videos that include their compositions. “We’ll also be working with HFA to invite other publishers to sign up, even if they’re not affiliated with HFA,” explains YouTube’s Elizabeth Moody in a blog post. “While this deal is only with the publishers, it will also benefit recording artists and record labels.” How? Because YouTube says it only runs ads alongside commercial music videos when both labels and publishers have authorised it. The NMPA hailed the agreement too. “We are pleased to have resolved NMPA’s litigation claims and to work with YouTube in providing a new licensing opportunity for songwriters and publishers,” says president and CEO David Israelite. “This is a positive conclusion for all parties and one that recognizes and compensates the work of songwriters and publishers going forward.” The settlement means the NMPA bows out of litigation filed in 2007 with other parties, including the FA Premier League.

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