Allow ad-free, non-commercial use of WMG claimed music in YouTube videos

Allow ad-free, non-commercial use of WMG claimed music in YouTube videos

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Warner Music Group (abbreviated as WMG) is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. The company owns and operates some of the largest and most successful record labels in the world, including Warner Bros. Records, Erato, Virgin Classics, Parlophone and Atlantic Records. WMG also owns Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's largest music publishers.

WMG has continuously blocked or muted videos on YouTube that feature music recordings belonging to its labels or to its publishing arm, Warner/Chappell Music, citing copyright infringement, although a number of artists were not signed with the label. Although the majority of the blocked videos are not official content of WMG, they include WMG recordings in a minor way normally covered by fair use. Many of these claims to copyright violation not only affect artists who are under record labels owned or distributed by WMG, but also to artists and youtubers who have videos/songs published and controlled by Warner/Chappell, regardless of label.

The issue and opinion of WMG worsened when they began removing and muting songs that are covers rather than just recordings. In January 2010, there were new reports of the site's accounts containing covered songs being completely closed due to intervention by WMG, and it appears that an end solution has not been found as of 7 July 2017.

It is requested that WMG claimed sound recordings be allowed for use in YouTube videos without advertisements (without monetization) for non-commercial purposes cited as follows:

Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.