No more locking plates: YouTube agrees with Gema




Youtube Article Logo “This video is not available in Germany.” YouTube users even know the saying maybe from years past, it was replaced by a red “stop sign”. The background, however, is the same, a continuing conflict between YouTube and the Gema. The lockboards should not be seen today, because – one can not really believe it – an agreement was reached between YouTube and the Gema. YouTube now pays well-paid royalties, the Gema drops the complaints, which so far not been particularly successful, but have ensured that in Germany you could consume very little music via YouTube.


However, you are not really happy with the Gema about this agreement yet. Thomas Theune, who is responsible for the negotiations with the Google subsidiary at the Gema as the director’s program & online, sees this agreement as a milestone and also as a signal for other video platforms. However Gema Counsel Tobias Holzmüller is not quite as happy with the agreement, as compared to stating the following:

“We are happy about the contract. It leads to a harmonization of rights on television, radio and other online services, which our authors already pay. It is unsatisfactory that we are dependent on voluntary payments because, according to the current judicial situation, the uploaders and not the platforms owe the remuneration. That needs to change.”

The artists should ultimately not care who reimburses them, as long as they get something for the distribution of their music via YouTube. It is interesting to note that these are voluntary payments from YouTube, which are estimated to be lower than those charged by Gema. But: the years that have passed are being remunerated, starting in 2009.

The agreement applies not only to the advertising-financed YouTube form, but also to the payment variant, which is currently only available in the USA. So far, with this agreement, there is no longer any obstacle to spreading to, for example, Germany – at least no red barriers. Even with YouTube would you look over the agreement.


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