YouTube have blocked premium music videos to UK users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the PRS (Performing Rights Society).
Thousands of videos were made unavailable to YouTube users from late yesterday
Steve Porter, head of the PRS, said he was “outraged… shocked and disappointed” by YouTube’s decision.
In a statement, Mr Porter said the move “punishes British consumers and the songwriters whose interests we protect and represent”.
The PRS has asked YouTube to reconsider its decision as a “matter of urgency”. But this morning this was again refused.
The body, which represents music publishers, added: “Google has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing.
“This action has been taken without any consultation with PRS for Music and in the middle of negotiations between the two parties.”
Mr Walker told BBC News the PRS was seeking a rise in fees “many, many factors” higher than the previous agreement.
He said: “We feel we are so far apart that we have to remove content while we continue to negotiate with the PRS.”
“We are making the message public because it will be noticeable to users on the site.”
Consumers must be scratching their heads in amazement at such obstacles to delivering legal content in a timely and straightforward fashion.
Don’t worry, after all this extra press over the last 24 hours expect a deal to be reached within a week and everything back to normal with youtubes viewing figures through the roof. It’s what Google does best!