As you may aware, the UK’s Performing Right Society (PRS) has had a “little falling out” with YouTube. Basically, as far as I can tell from the BBC reports, YouTube is not willing to pay what the PRS is requesting (some say the PRS is asking for considerably more money the currently, some say that YouTube is offering considerable less). Anyway, without an agreement with PRS in place to pay royalties to artists and songwriters, YouTube has no right to play their music in the UK. YouTube is, therefore, following the law and PRS’s own policies by blocking those music videos on their site: as they don’t have permission from PRS to play the music. However, Feargal Sharkey of the UK Music industry body is saying that by following the rules YouTube is using a “blatant, cynical, manipulative” negotiating tactic. So now YouTube is in the wrong because they are following the rules? If they didn’t block the videos, they’ll be breaking the law – but by blocking the videos PRS’s artists are missing out on exposure… I think the PRS needs to think which is more worth while: having lowish quality music videos available on YouTube for potential purchasers…
I’ve already blogged about A Ha’sTake On Me literal video version, but here’s the Monkee’s with Daydream Believer: Jake also has Billy Idol’s White Wedding Literal Video.
Yes, I’ve mis-quoted Weird Al’s “Your Horoscope for today”, what ya goin do, sue me? I’m gonna sue sue, yes I’m gonna sue, Sue Sue yeah I might even sue you. Ehm.. Sorry, please don’t sue me even though I had a Weird Al moment there. To distract you – here’s something SHINY! Oooh, shinyness and KITTY! What more could somebody ask for for the weekend?
Found via Neatorama