05/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

YouTube Ends Music Videos In Germany

BERLIN -- YouTube has stopped showing music videos in Germany as a dispute over royalty payments in Europe spreads.

On Tuesday night, YouTube, a unit of Google, began blocking music videos in Germany after the expiration of its 17-month contract with GEMA, an agency representing songwriters, composers and music publishers. YouTube made a similar move three weeks ago in Britain after a contract expired there.

Under the old agreement, Google had agreed to pay a set fee to GEMA for every streamed music video. Neither party would disclose the previous payment amount.

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