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BPI boss takes new aim at YouTube over ‘value gap’


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BPI chief Geoff Taylor used his appearance at Canadian Music Week to weigh back in to the debate about YouTube and music royalties.

Taylor claimed that revenues for British labels from music videos “flat-lined in 2015, with growth of less than 0.5% despite the number of music-video streams nearly doubling that year.

Taylor had some sharp words for YouTube, claiming that music “is being treated like a commodity to be strip-mined for big data” and that the service is “using safe harbours like royalty havens, to avoid paying fairly for music when goodness knows they can afford to do so”.

Taylor called on Google to “commit publicly that it will pay a fair market rate for music on its YouTube service, undistorted by safe harbour, as do competitors like Apple Music and Spotify, and even its own service Google Play; and to commit to take effective, responsible, voluntary action in a code of practice to prevent sites building illegal businesses using our music”.

The war of words continues.

Stuart Dredge

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