YouTube and Finnish collecting society Teosto have resolved a situation that saw a number of music videos on the service blocked from being watched in Finland.
The message shown to users pointed to Teosto as the cause, but this did not turn out to be a prolonged GEMA-style dispute between YouTube and the society.
“Teosto content is back up on YouTube in Finland. Some music content was not available on YouTube in Finland for less than 24 hours as we worked towards a solution with Teosto after our license expired,” said Sami Valkonen, director of international music publishing partnerships at YouTube, in a statement provided to Music Ally. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.”
A previous statement from Valkonen published on TorrentFreak had described the talks as “proceeding on good terms”.
YouTube isn’t saying anything about the nature of the solution: our perception would be that an interim arrangement has been agreed to get the videos back online, while the wider talks about a licensing renewal continue.
Teosto has given its side of the story in a FAQ posted on its website.
“Google has withdrawn music content from the Finnish YouTube. In the background to this happening are prolonged agreement negotiations between Teosto and Google,” it claimed. “Even though an accord has been reached on temporarily continuing with the current agreement early in the morning of November 30, Google still went through with the withdrawal.”
Teosto represents 31,000 Finnish songwriters and publishers, as well as more than 3m writers and publishers from elsewhere in the world when their music is used in Finland.
“Teosto has a valid price list for the use of AV content that is commercially funded and free of charge for the consumer. YouTube’s competitors in the music sector, such as Spotify, and in AV content, such as Ruutu and YLE Areena, pay according to these price lists,” claimed the society.
“In the negotiations it has been our aim to reach terms and conditions as well as a level of compensation that would be acceptable to the music authors and publishers.”
“It has been proven that YouTube is the largest and most used music service in Finland and has been growing at a strong pace for years. In 2015, 55% of consumers listened to music on YouTube. This year the number is 69%. In our opinion, this should be reflected in the compensation paid to music authors.”
You can surmise that YouTube’s view on these issues remains sufficiently apart from Teosto’s, so while the videos are up again, the renewal negotiations continue. And nothing concentrates the mind in these kinds of talks than a wave of tracks suddenly going dark.