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UK Music chief responds to YouTube’s Lyor Cohen over safe harbours

UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher has responded to the claim from YouTube’s head of music, Lyor Cohen, that “safe harbours are a distraction

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17/08/2017: UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher has responded to the claim from YouTube’s head of music, Lyor Cohen, that “safe harbours are a distraction”.

In a blog, Lyor Cohen wrote: “Safe harbour has become an obsession — with many complaining it’s the cause of all of industry’s woes. I’m not parroting the company line when I say the focus on copyright safe harbours is a distraction. Safe harbour helps open platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram give a voice to millions of artists around the world, making the industry more competitive and vibrant”.

Michael responded on Twitter, saying: “It's not a distraction – it's fundamentally important. The people who create the music and invest in it should be fairly rewarded. End of.”

Michael’s comments were reported by Music Week here:
https://www.musicweek.com/digital/read/nowhere-near-riaa-responds-to-lyor-cohen-s-claim-on-youtube-streaming-rate/069516

To read reaction from other UK Music members, please click on the following links:

BASCA
http://musically.com/2017/08/20/basca-issue-response-lyor-cohen-youtube-blog
BPI
http://www.bpi.co.uk/home/bpis-geoff-taylor-responds-to-lyor-cohens-blog-five-observations-from-my-time-at-youtube.aspx

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