Gang Of Four, ABBA, Jay Jay Pistolet side with the PRS
The move comes after Google, which owns YouTube, removed millions of premium music videos from the site because of a disagreement over royalty rates with songwriters’ organisation PRS For Music.
Now, PRS members have made public their dissatisfaction with the situation.
“Google and YouTube pretend they are providing a public service,” he said. “They are not, they are huge money making machines who make incredible fortunes for their owners at the expense of songwriters who get paid no royalty.
“The vast majority of PRS For Music members earn less than a few thousand pounds a year . It is a totally unfair situation.”
In another online comment, X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene made reference to Google‘s supposed £3 billion annual profit, saying it was wrong that musicians currently get paid so little in terms of royalties from the site.
“Three billion is a whole lot of profit – I think it only fair that the song writers and performers get a fair share,” she said.
So far, over 60 PRS members including ABBA[a]’s Bjorn Ulvaeus, [a]Jay Jay Pistolet, Pete Waterman and Guy Chambers have voiced their support for the organisation on Fairplayforcreators.com.