YouTube could face huge royalty bill after losing music clip copyright battle in Germany

   Apr 21, 12:33 pm

London, Apr 21 (ANI): Video-sharing site YouTube could be forced to pay a huge royalties bill after a German court ruled that the website must take down copyrighted music clips.

The Hamburg court said that YouTube is ultimately responsible for the content that users post, and that it must do more to stop people uploading copyrighted material.

According to The Telegraph, the court asked the Google-owned website to install filters that would automatically detect when users try to post music clips whose rights are held by German royalty collection group, Gema.

YouTube's existing policies claim the site is simply a platform for users to upload material.

When YouTube is informed about copyright violations, however, it says it removes the related content from the site as soon as possible.

Gema represents approximately 60,000 German musicians and song writers, but it brought a test case based on just seven clips posted to the site.

According to the paper, YouTube had held talks about royalties with Gema, but they broke down in 2010.

If YouTube is subsequently forced to pay royalties on all the material it hosts, the bill would run into many millions of euros, the paper said.

Meanwhile, Google has said it was preparing a response to the German ruling. (ANI)

Google CEO names Sundar Pichai as new head of products Oct 25, 2:16 pm
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): Google CEO Larry Page has reportedly transferred leadership of all cores Google products over to Sundar Pichai, who was formerly head of Android and Chrome OS.
Full Story
21 countries including China, India sign MOU on Asian infrastructure development bank Oct 25, 2:16 pm
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): Twenty-One Asian countries including India, China, and Pakistan have signed an inter-governmental memorandum of understanding on the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank for regional development.
Full Story
Russian weed maker buys Ebola.com for 200,000 dollars Oct 25, 2:16 pm
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): Businessman Jon Schultz has reportedly sold Ebola.com for a whopping amount of 200,000 dollars, which he bought for 13,500 dollars in 2008.
Full Story
Apple planning to integrate Beats Music with iTunes next year: Report Oct 25, 11:58 am
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): The iPhone maker, Apple is reportedly planning to re-launch Beats Music and integrating it with iTunes next year.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY