Impala files EC antitrust complaint over YouTube indie label licensing Independent music body
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 28/06/2014 21:28
Independent music body Impala has filed a complaint with the European Commission alleging that Google subsidiary YouTube is abusing its dominant position. The video subsidiary has threatened to take videos from small labels off its site completely if they don't sign up for its forthcoming music subscription service.
Impala, which has previously lobbied the European authorities about major label mergers, claims YouTube has breached European competition rules in five separate ways while trying to strike deals with its indie members, and asked for urgent action to block YouTube's proposals.