The composer Michael Price, who won an Emmy for the score to the BBC hit drama Sherlock, has blamed Google and its video arm YouTube for suppressing the rewards songwriters receive for their work.
Price, who has worked on scores for films ranging from The Lord of the Rings to Quantum of Solace and The Inbetweeners, said YouTube’s approach was having a “gravitational pull” which reduced payments across the wider and rapidly expanding music-streaming market.
“YouTube are effectively paying incredibly low rates and are not a willing partner to negotiate licences and that pulls down the rates from someone like Spotify, which has to compete in their free service with YouTube, ” he told The Independent on Sunday.
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