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Youtube to turn off free music?

20 August 2014

One of the best aspects of YouTube has been the ready availability of a massive range of music videos, all of which can be accessed for free.

Whilst a growing percentage of these music videos are uploaded by the copyright owners, the vast majority has been uploaded by fans, often in breach of the terms and conditions of YouTube's terms of service.

In most cases, and by way of agreements forged with many of the major music labels, YouTube simply throws ads on those vids and the revenue from that source is shared with the studios concerned.

Everybody wins.

However, there is change in the wind and it could mean that massive chunks of YouTube's most popular content suddenly disappears from view -- unless you're prepared to stump up a monthly stipend to become a "subscriber".

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