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YouTube blocking music videos in the UK

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Mar 2009 11:54 User comments (16)

YouTube blocking music videos in the UK The online video sharing behemoth YouTube has announced it will be blocking most music videos in the UK after negotiations with the royalty group, Performing Rights Society for Music, collapsed.
The site said the PRSM was asking for more money in licensing fees than was reasonable and therefore the talks collapsed. The previous licensing contract with the group expired earlier this month.

"We were shocked and disappointed to receive a call late this afternoon informing us of Google's drastic action which we believe only punishes British consumers and the songwriters whose interests we protect and represent," PRS CEO Steve Porter said.

"Google has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing."


Google responded: "We're still working with PRS for Music in an effort to reach mutually acceptable terms for a new license, but until we do so we will be blocking premium music videos in the UK that have been supplied or claimed by record labels. This was a painful decision, and we know the significant disappointment it will cause within the UK."

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16 user comments

110.3.2009 12:35

that groups should be paying google for all the free promotion

210.3.2009 13:58

My god you can not reglinzie /localize things get over it and focus on the world market as a whole, the volume sales will keep you in cocaine....

310.3.2009 14:21

for people living in the UK would it still work if they went onto www.youtube.com instead of www.youtube.co.uk?

410.3.2009 14:29

Originally posted by jeff_2:
for people living in the UK would it still work if they went onto www.youtube.com instead of www.youtube.co.uk?
It seems you are auto-directed to your country-specific version of the site. Firefox proxy addons should be useful here.

510.3.2009 14:29

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
My god you can not reglinzie /localize things get over it and focus on the world market as a whole, the volume sales will keep you in cocaine....
Lol wut?!

610.3.2009 15:02

YouTube just sucked ever since Google bought it.

No music videos for me.

710.3.2009 15:46

i use this software with firefox [url=http://www.hotspotshield.com/][/url]

810.3.2009 21:43
cousinkix
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Google sucks period. They rat on their Chinese users when the Gestapo comes knocking. Those azzholes have even gotten into trouble with the US Congress, because they are snitches for those police states...

911.3.2009 1:59
varnull
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Yeah.. screw n00btube and google.. fold and hand over details they gather using their spyware.. and n00btube.. what a sucky complete waste of bandwidth.

PRS.. stuff em.. another riaa style bunch of leeches who represent the interests of nobody but themselves. good riddance to music videos.. we don't even listen to the radio any more.. so all their "big acts" can now go rot in the obscurity enjoyed by the normal musicians who don't sign up to these suits big business scum record companies.

1011.3.2009 5:29

Im guessing they have official music video feeds as i just youtubed a couple of music videos and they came up no problems :-p

1111.3.2009 14:44

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
My god you can not reglinzie /localize things get over it and focus on the world market as a whole, the volume sales will keep you in cocaine....
Lol wut?!

1.You can not control distribution absolutely.
2.You can not force/focus on regional distribution scemes.
3.The Media industry daily drug of choice is cocaine.

1211.3.2009 18:11
looser_ur
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Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
My god you can not reglinzie /localize things get over it and focus on the world market as a whole, the volume sales will keep you in cocaine....
Lol wut?!

1.You can not control distribution absolutely.
2.You can not force/focus on regional distribution scemes.
3.The Media industry daily drug of choice is cocaine.

I agree...........WTF????

I may have ragged on Zippy in the past but I can appreciate that you just cleared this schmuck's half-witted response up.



Ok.........about YouTube and video being blocked.......2 words...................BITE ME!!!!!

1311.3.2009 18:13

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
My god you can not reglinzie /localize things get over it and focus on the world market as a whole, the volume sales will keep you in cocaine....
Lol wut?!

1.You can not control distribution absolutely.
2.You can not force/focus on regional distribution scemes.
3.The Media industry daily drug of choice is cocaine.

I agree...........WTF????

I may have ragged on Zippy in the past but I can appreciate that you just cleared this schmuck's half-witted response up.



Ok.........about YouTube and video being blocked.......2 words...................BITE ME!!!!!

I dunno sometimes I dose not makez with the sense.... Incoherence is my friend after all. :X

1412.3.2009 18:18
dcity
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That realy does suk! cuz who can say they wont ban them in every country ? But isn't there a way around this? like a proxy or something ? there's bound to be!

1514.3.2009 18:17

Originally posted by dcity:
That realy does suk! cuz who can say they wont ban them in every country ? But isn't there a way around this? like a proxy or something ? there's bound to be!
YouTube is actually blocked in other countries so we're lucky that Google are being complete fags.

Not sure about proxy stuff.

1616.3.2009 12:51

Forget complicated proxies, just use the free Hide My Ass and click on the Hide My Ass button to bypass this nonsense restriction: http://www.hidemyass.com/

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