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.