Rights Holders Start Lining Up To Get Money From Google/YouTube
from the oh,-look,-free-money dept
While it’s still not clear who is suing Google over their video offering, it’s clear that plenty of rights holders are looking for some sort of payout similar to what YouTube gave the record labels. However, as we noted with Microsoft’s decision to pay out to Universal Music, once you start down this route, everyone is going to want a piece of you from all over the world representing all different groups of all different sizes. So, for example, it should come as no surprise to find out that the German Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights has now joined the handout line, demanding royalties from YouTube/Google. Of course, part of the problem is that YouTube made this possible by giving those few labels money in the first place, rather than sticking to the letter of the law which says they’re not liable for content uploaded by users. They can still make that claim, and perhaps that’s what they’ll do if this goes to court, but in the meantime, they’re going to be facing a ton of random players (small and large) who are all going to demand a cut.