FRANKFURT, April 22 German royalties collections
body GEMA hopes a landmark court ruling last week will force
Google's YouTube into talks over copyrighted content
that could result in GEMA getting a share of the website's
A court in Hamburg on Friday forced YouTube to take down
seven copyrighted clips in the case brought by GEMA that could
mean other online music and video services will face hefty
"We hope that YouTube will now negotiate on a serious basis
with us," GEMA head Harald Heker was quoted as saying in an
interview with German magazine Spiegel.
"We don't want to take them to court, we want a contract,"
Heker told Spiegel.
The suit in Hamburg, for allegedly infringing the copyright
on seven music clips, was brought against YouTube in 2010 by
GEMA and several other groups handling music rights.
YouTube argued it merely provided the technical framework to
publish content and was not responsible for monitoring videos
and music clips for possible copyright violations, but the court
GEMA and YouTube had previously tried to come to an
agreement on the use of copyrighted content without success.
Talks ran from April 2009 until GEMA filed the suit in September
Google had said on Friday it was prepared to resume
GEMA, which says it represents more than 64,000 songwriters
and musicians, demands that music-on-demand platforms which
stream music to users for free and are financed by
advertisements pay just over 10 percent of their music revenues,
plus an additional per-stream fee.
"Our last offer was already a big step forward. Other
providers find our tariff acceptable," Heker told Spiegel.