The German copyright agency causes access to be blocked to millions of videos on Youtube, to the intense frustration of music seekers and Slipped Disc readers.
There will be a small crack in the prohibitive wall when Vevo launches in Germany in a couple of months. Vevo is a joint venture of the two music giants, Universal (Vivendi) and Sony. They’ve done a deal with the copyright agency.
The downside is that it will launch just 75,000 music clips, overwhelmingly pop, in a bid to make a new MTV. Read here. Serious seekers will continue to be poorly served.