YouTube Inks Deal With Independent Music Publishers, Ending Lengthy Legal Battle

YouTube has agreed to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), ending a four-year battle between the Google-owned company and over 3,000 independent music publishers.

In 2007, NMPA filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube, alleging the popular video sharing site infringed on songwriters’ rights by hosting videos that featured copyrighted songs. YouTube will now pay songwriters a cut of advertising revenue from videos featuring licensed music, including videos with covers of a licensed song. The terms of the royalty agreement remain confidential.


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