YouTube has struck several licensing deals with UK collecting society PRS for Music down the years, as well as BUMA Stemra, SGAE, SIAE and SACEM. Other continental societies have been tougher nuts to crack. Some of the dominos are falling though: YouTube signed two new deals last week. The bigger of the two is with Swedish body STIM, a pan-European agreement to ensure STIM’s songwriters and composers get paid for YouTube plays of their work across Europe, as well as earning royalties for international creators from YouTube plays within Sweden. The second deal is in Finland with TEOSTO, and covers YouTube plays in that country. Now for the toughest nut, German collecting society GEMA, which remains at legal loggerheads with YouTube.

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