An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

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[Editor Charlie sez: BASCA came out in support of indie labels being bullied by YouTube as well as YouTube’s own bullying of songwriters by demanding a deal with PRS for Music that is soooo secret the PRS can’t even tell its own members what the terms are! This is absurd and BASCA is to be commended for PRS to refuse to continue its culture of secrecy–in the age of “transparency”. 

This post is by Jonathan David Neal and originally appeared in The Score, the membership publication of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.  You can read his blog at Composer’s POV. PRS for Music is the principal music licensing body for performances of music in the United Kingdom and is roughly the equivalent of ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for UK residents.  Although this interview is from 2009, it gives you some insight into Google’s over the top negotiation tactics and how…

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