It is a never-ending copyright issue struggle for YouTube. The most popular video streaming website was sued by Pharrell Williams, Eagles and other artists with a $1 billion lawsuit. The lawyers demanded more than 20,000 videos on YouTube to be removed.
Global Music Rights is a new group represented by more than 40 artists including Williams, Eagles, Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and John Lennon. According to Irving Azoff, the group’s founder, YouTube did not have the rights to release singles by his clients on the website.
Even though YouTube had deals with the record labels, Azoff insists that they did not have permission from the artists.
Azoff claimed , according to The Hollywood Reporter, that YouTube was the focus of his clients because it was the “least cooperative” and are the “worst offenders.”
Google’s opinion was opposite to the group of artists. The popular search engine, which was also planning to launch Music Key that would rival Spotify and Pandora, declared that YouTube had the performance rights because of early negotiations.
David Kramer, Google’s lawyer, criticized Global Music Right’s accusation. He stated that the group did not identify specific works about the issue.
However, a letter to YouTube from Howard King, lawyer of Global Music Rights, stated that the website did not provide any details about prior deals. King accused the website of not providing any documentation proving their rights.
The rights of musicians became an issue recently because of Google’s announcement regarding YouTube Music Key service. Subscribers can listen and watch without advertisements even offline.
Recently, it was revealed that the hit single “Happy” by Williams only earned $2,700 in royalties despite the 43 million streams on Pandora.
Some musicians voiced out and took action on their predicament when it comes to music and video streaming. Garth Brooks told Access Hollywood that YouTube was the “devil.” He claimed the website had millions of views in most videos but was not spending for anything.
Brooks made his download service GhostTunes for a better financial deal with the artists.
Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean chose to leave Spotify.
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