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YouTube Pays Royalties to Polish Artists

February 23, 2011

The popular video-sharing website YouTube and the Association of Polish Authors and Composers (ZAIKS) have signed a license agreement, in force as of January 1, 2011, protecting the copyright of Polish artists and guaranteeing royalty payments for their videos played on YouTube.

Under the agreement, Polish artists registered at ZAIKS will receive an unidentified percentage of the revenue that YouTube earns from the advertisements displayed next to the videos.

Artur Waliszewski, country business manager at Google Poland, Google being the owner of YouTube, said the agreement is a milestone for Polish artists, as it will provide them with both the promotion and financial compensation.

YouTube has signed more than 10,000 similar agreements with copyright organizations around the world and, as Waliszewski explained, it will continue to sign agreements with other copyright collectives in Poland.

For more information, please contact Masa Lopicic at our Balkan Regional Office.

Source: Polish news portals Poland.pl and Thenews.pl

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