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Google wins German rights fight

A German court has handed Google another legal win over German performing rights organisation Gema, which had sought to make the company’s video-sharing service YouTube pay each time users watch music videos by artists it represents.

YouTube has schemes that allow artists to earn money from advertising sold alongside their videos but many artists argue this does not go far enough. However, the regional court in Munich rejected Gema’s demand that YouTube pay 0.375 euro cents per view of certain videos, confirming the ruling of a lower court last year.

Gema said it intends to appeal the ruling at the federal court.

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