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British songwriters criticize YouTube

8 Jul, 2014

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) releases a statement criticizing YouTube’s policies on dividing advertising revenue. They claim that artists are forced to accept a small portion of the revenue or have their songs taken off YouTube. Barry Mason, composer of Tom Jones’ Delilah, makes a statement in support of their cause:

Someone must be making¬†money out of the music on You Tube but it certainly isn’t the people who write the songs. Delilah would need to be streamed roughly 113,250 times for [co-writer] Les Reed and I to earn enough for a coffee each at Starbucks.