It’s not often that a major publishing studio reaches a settlement with a YouTube video network. The network’s business is booming — unfortunately for most traditional studios, there are still blatant copyright issues. With web browser extensions that convert YouTube music files to mp3’s and users uploading everything from TV episodes to movies, it’s often tough for publishing studios to enforce copyright claims. Publishing companies often would rather file DMCA take down notices.
On Jan. 8, however, Fullscreen and the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) reached a settlement agreement after the association sued Fullscreen in August, 2013, over its claimed use of unlicensed musical works in videos uploaded by video creators. This is coincidentally around the same time the association reached an agreement with Maker Studios, another multichannel network that allowed music publishers to get paid for past infringement and ensure licensing going forward.
Similar to the agreement with Maker Studios, this settlement with Fullscreen will allow music publishers that opt in to receive compensation for previous use of their works and Fullscreen will work with music publishers to license musical works under YouTube’s direct licenses. Further, Fullscreen agreed to remove video content containing unlicensed music on Fullscreen managed channels.
The NMPA represents American music publishers and their songwriting partners. Fullscreen is a multichannel network that helps independent creators reach larger audiences and monetize videos. Fullscreen is home to Youtube talents such as Megan Nicole, Lindsey Stirling, and Tyler Ward.
For more information about YouTube removals – check out EFF’s Guide to Youtube Removals.