A rumpus is kicking off in the Netherlands after reports that collecting society Buma / Stemra is reviving its plans to charge websites for embedding YouTube music videos. News site NU.nl reports that the society won’t be going after individuals, but rather commercial blogs – despite the fact that YouTube itself pays royalties for videos streamed from its service, wherever they’re embedded. “An author is entitled to remuneration for the distribution of his work,” spokesperson Bas Erlings tells the site. Why did we say ‘reviving’? Back in 2009, there were more reports that Buma / Stemra was planning to charge bloggers for embedding YouTube videos – €130 for every six videos according to reports at the time (Bulletin, 8-Oct-09). Local startups are up in arms about the new plans, wondering whether they’ll extend to big social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

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