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Munich court: YouTube doesn't have to pay artists

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Staff writer ▼ | July 1, 2015
Google won a legal victory over German performing rights organisation Gema, which had sought to make YouTube pay each time users watched music videos by artists it represents.
Streaming video   Gema asked $0.004 per view on YouTube
A Munich court rejected Gema's demand that YouTube pay 0.375 euro cents ($0.004) per view of certain videos. In its claim, Gema had picked out a sample of 1,000 videos which it said would cost YouTube around 1.6 million euros.

YouTube counts more than 1 billion users worldwide and says 300 hours of video are uploaded to its site every minute.

Since launching in 2005, YouTube has faced multiple lawsuits from artists and music labels who say it makes money at their expense. The Google-owned video service has introduced schemes that allow artists to earn money from advertising sold alongside their videos but many in the music business argue this does not go far enough.

U.S. music licensing group Global Music Rights, representing some of the world's biggest artists from Pharrell Williams to Taylor Swift has demanded that YouTube remove up to 20,000 songs and threatened to sue the company for up to $1 billion.