MTV Europe back at table over vid fees

Masson, Gordon
March 2004
Daily Variety;3/25/2004, Vol. 282 Issue 64, p24
Trade Publication
Pressure from European indie record labels has forced Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks Europe to restart talks with Great Britain collecting society Video Performance Ltd. (VPL) over licensing rights for music videos. Impala, a European trade body representing 2,400 independent record companies, accused MTV of threatening to stop airing videos from indie labels unless they agreed to a 55 percent cut in royalties to 840,000 pounds. MTV had been trying to bypass the VPL, describing it as a monopoly and sign direct deals with labels.


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