The battle between independent labels and YouTube over unfavourable royalty terms offered for a proposed streaming music service is escalating. Google-owned YouTube has reportedly refused to withdraw threats to labels unwilling to sign the agreement which global independent trade group WIN has called “highly unfavourable terms." In response, EU labels are turning to the European Commission (EC) today for "emergency relief". IMPALA, the European independent music association, is spearheading the EC appeal. Their complaint will include a request for urgent intervention to stop YouTube from carrying out any blocking measures or issuing new threats. "Regulatory action is seen as an...

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