The popular video sharing website YouTube will have to take off all the videos containing clips of Warner Music artists after both companies failed to find an agreement on licensing issues, according to US media.
AFP - Warner Music Group's videos will no longer be available on YouTube due to a contract dispute between the music company and the popular video-sharing website, US media reported.
Talks between the two firms over licensing agreements for Warner's music videos collapsed last week, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the negotiations.
YouTube warned users on its website that "you may notice videos that contain music owned by Warner Music Group being blocked from the site" and said sometimes licensing agreements with other companies could not be secured.
"Every day we work with the music community to license your favorite music for you to use on YouTube. But music licensing is very complicated," the Google-owned video-sharing website said.
"Sometimes, if we can't reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners," it said.
Warner reportedly said it was hoping to resolve the impasse with YouTube.
"We are working actively to find a resolution with YouTube that would enable the return of our artists' content to the site," Warner said in a statement, quoted by US media.
"Until then, we simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide."
Warner, which agreed an earlier licensing deal with YouTube in 2006, is associated with big name acts including Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park.
Date created : 2008-12-21