Music industry powerhouse Irving Azoff has told YouTube to pull about twenty thousand songs by Pharrell Williams, The Eagles, Smokey Robinson and others from it’s service or face a $1 billion lawsuit.
Irving Azoff, a former chairman of LiveNation who now runs a new performing-rights organization called Global Music Rights, says Google owned YouTube lacks the rights to the songs, which also include ones by John Lennon and George and Ira Gershwin, and cannot have them on it’s new Music Key subscription music service.
Google, however, has refused to remove the songs, creating the potential for a music-rights showdown.
In a letter published by The Hollywood Reporter, Global Music Rights attorney Howard King claims that YouTube is ignoring it’s demands to remove the music from the site and Google lawyer David Kramer says Global Music Rights is trying to circumvent the established process for having infringing material removed.
“Without providing a shred of documentation, you blithely proffer that YouTube can ignore the Notices because it operates under blanket licenses from performing rights organisations other than Global. However, you refuse to provide the details of any such license agreements, presumably because no such agreements exist for YouTube’s present uses of the Songs in any service, but certainly with respect to its recently added Music Key service.” is what Howard King, wrote in his letter.
Meanwhile Google, which is planning to launch Music Key, it’s own subscription music service to compete with Spotify and Pandora, has said it does have the rights, prompting concerns of a music-industry showdown.
The threat of a lawsuit against YouTube comes amid a broader debate about the rights of musicians in a freewheeling era of digital access to songs.
Guess this legal battle shall go on for quite sometime now, so stay tuned for more updates on this battle between two industry titans.
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