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YouTube cuts off music videos to UK

March 9, 2009

YouTube, said it will block all music videos to British users after it was unable to reach a rights deal with the main songwriters’ collection society.

The world’s largest video sharing site said PRS for Music, a British collection society that collects royalties on behalf of nearly 50,000 composers, was asking it to pay “many, many times” more than the previous licensing agreement that has expired.
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“The costs are simply prohibitive for us — under PRS’s proposed terms, we would lose significant amounts of money with every playback,” the company said in a blog on Monday.

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The move is the latest sign of the tension between YouTube and the music industry and also indicates the video site’s resolve to keep operating costs under control as it strives to generate meaningful profits for Google.


YouTube said PRS was also unclear about which songs are included in the renewed license.


“We’ve been talking to them for a long time and we’re still talking to them,” said Patrick Walker, YouTube director of video partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Walker described it as a “painful decision.”


But PRS disputed YouTube’s version of events and said it was caught by surprise by the announcement in the middle of ongoing negotiations.


“We were shocked and disappointed to receive a call late this afternoon informing us of Google’s drastic action,” said PRS for Music Chief Executive Steve Porter.



China Crackdown: Read my lips… No Lip-Synching!

December 4, 2008

China has told artists on its annual top-rating TV gala show on Chinese New Year’s Eve not to lip-synch their songs, local media reported on Thursday, a controversy that overshadowed the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

A mainstay of state-run programming since the 1980s, “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” attracts hundreds of millions of viewers to watch hours of comedy sketches and kitsch song-and-dance acts often heavily imbued with patriotism and themes emphasising national harmony.

But the show has also come under heavy criticism in recent years for being overcommercial and not keeping up with the times, and for trotting out presenters who fluff their lines and celebrities who do a poor show of miming their way through songs.

Officials from China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) had demanded producers pick “real” singers, along with other directives about arranging songs with “healthy” lyrics, a report posted on web portal said.

“Firstly, make real singing as the benchmark, and choose talented performers who can truly sing. Firmly put an end to ‘miming’,” Zhao Huayong, a SARFT official, said in a notice posted on the watchdog’s website ( ).

Zhang Ziyi, one of the few Chinese actresses to break into Hollywood, came under fire from Internet users and local media for doing a shabby job of miming on the last show in February.

The SARFT notice follows a move by China’s Culture Ministry to formally ban lip-synching and to revoke the performance licences of repeat offenders, local media reported earlier this month.

Chinese Olympic organisers were also lambasted after they admitted a nine-year-old girl lip-synched during the opening ceremony of August’s Beijing Olympics in place of the real singer who was rejected because of her appearance.

Lin Miaoke who lip-synched at the opening ceremony over the voice of Yang Peiyi [right], who was considered unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth

Lin Miaoke who lip-synched at the opening ceremony over the voice of Yang Peiyi [right] who was considered unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth Photo: GETTY/AFP

An official revealed that nine-year-old Lin Miaoke lip-synched her performance at the Beijing opening ceremony.
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(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Nick Macfie, Reuters)