Warner Music Group And YouTube Announce Landmark Video Distribution And Revenue Partnership
YouTube, Inc., a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, and Warner Music Group Corp., one of the world's leading global music companies, announced an agreement to distribute on YouTube the library of music videos from WMG's world-renowned roster of artists as well as behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews, original programming and other special content. In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, YouTube users will be able to incorporate music from WMG's recorded music catalog into the videos they create and upload onto YouTube.
WMG thus becomes the first music company to harness YouTube's leading video entertainment service to commercially distribute its music video catalog. More importantly, it becomes the first global media company to broadly embrace the power and creativity of user-generated content through a wide-ranging agreement with the category leader, enabling its artists to connect with a vast new audience in an entirely new way. WMG will have the opportunity to authorize the use of its content by the YouTube community by taking advantage of YouTube's advanced content identification and royalty reporting system, set for release by the end of the year. YouTube and WMG will share revenue from advertising on both WMG music videos and user uploaded videos that incorporate audio and audiovisual works from WMG's catalog. WMG's music video library and special artist content will be made available simultaneously with the launch of YouTube's content identification and royalty reporting system.
"Partnering with Warner Music Group is one of the most significant milestones for our company and our community, and shifts the paradigm in this new media movement," said Chad Hurley, CEO and co-founder of YouTube. "By providing a new distribution opportunity, we are paving the way for media companies to harness the vast financial potential of user-generated content on YouTube. We are thrilled that WMG had the vision to be the first music company, in partnership with its artists, to support the use of their content within user videos and to allow our community to interact with WMG music in new creative ways."
Edgar Bronfman, Jr., chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, said, "Technology is changing entertainment, and Warner Music is embracing that innovation. Consumer-empowering destinations like YouTube have created a two-way dialogue that will transform entertainment and media forever. As user-generated content becomes more prevalent, this kind of partnership will allow music fans to celebrate the music of their favorite artists, enable artists to reach consumers in new ways, and ensure that copyright holders and artists are fairly compensated."
Alex Zubillaga, executive vice president, Digital Strategy and Business Development for Warner Music Group, said, "Innovation is one of our guiding principles. That's why we've worked with innovation leader YouTube for many months now to develop this pioneering partnership. This agreement establishes a model by which content companies can transform consumers' creativity into a legitimate commercial enterprise that will benefit fans, artists and copyright holders. We commend Chad and the YouTube team for their commitment to creating a framework in which the needs of their users and rights of copyright holders can coexist in a mutually beneficial environment. We look forward to partnering with them to offer this powerful distribution platform to our artists and their fans."
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