Music Publishers Add Vocals to YouTube Suit

Join sports leagues and other aggrieved parties in class-action suit
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2007 9:38 PM CDT
   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Apparently YouTube forgot to make a deal for the music and lyrics played on its website, or so claims a music publishers’ association that has joined a growing copyright lawsuit aimed at Google, the site's owner, ars technica reports. YouTube, which did agree to share ad revenue with four major music labels, continues to remove copyright-violating videos when asked and plans to install a new filtering system by fall.

The class-action suit the music publishers are joining is made up mostly of beleaguered sports leagues that represent the likes of Finnish soccer and French tennis. But it’s not the only suit on YouTube’s horizon, for the site already faces a whopping $1 billion challenge from Viacom. YouTube’s “business model is contrary to right, contrary to law, and must and will be stopped," says a British football rep.