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Google launches new steps in tackling piracy 

6 December 2010

PRS for Music welcomes Google's new anti-piracy steps

“We welcome the steps announced by Google today to tackle online copyright infringement; as the largest search engine on the net they have a duty to help in the battle against piracy. The problems that face all creative industries and digital content providers will only be solved by working together and this is a step in the right direction, but there is much more to be done. We have been working together with Google to highlight how search points to piracy and were one of the first to license the YouTube video service, ensuring the creators we represent, earn royalties when their music is used.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive PRS for Music.

  • PRS for Music acts represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, collecting royalties when their music is played, performed, broadcast or reproduced.
  • In 2009 PRS for Music signed a second licensing deal with online video service YouTube ensuring creators earn royalties when their music is streamed online.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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