Music video platform and YouTube rival Vevo comes to Germany
FRANKFURT (AFP) - US online music video channel Vevo will launch its services in Germany this year after reaching a licensing deal with GEMA, Germany's publishing rights agency.
While Vevo's sometime rival YouTube is locked in a long-running dispute with GEMA over how much it should pay copyright holders for streaming songs, Vevo said the deal would enable it to launch services in Germany by the end of the year.
German YouTube users are currently blocked from viewing tens of thousands of music videos from both local and international artists represented by GEMA.
Set up in 2009 as a joint venture between Universal Music and Sony Music, Vevo is currently present in around a dozen countries. It offers free access to more than 75,000 music videos.