YouTube Still Talking With UK, Germany Royalty Societies

Consider this a holding statement. Seven weeks after it began blocking premium music to its users in Britain and Germany, YouTube is apparently still in negotiation with the countries’ respective main royalties bodies.

— Announcing payments of £117 million to members for Q1, the UK’s PRS For Music, whose online licence demands £0.0022 per track, added: “Talks between PRS for Music and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) to discuss the licensing of YouTube following Google’s decision to block premium video content on the service in the UK are yet to reach a satisfactory conclusion.” Release.

— In Germany, the CEO of the GEMA society, which charges a ridiculous