Music Exec Threatens YouTube With Billion-Dollar Suit
Irving Azoff, whose client list includes the likes of Pharrell Williams and the Eagles, says YouTube needs to take down protected songs.By Cliff Judy | December 23, 2014
In the ever-changing and litigious world of online music, YouTube and owner Google have been put on notice for a 10-figure lawsuit.
Irving Azoff and his new performance-rights company Global Music Rights represent some huge names in the industry like Pharrell Williams and the Eagles, and he's warned YouTube to license songs through him or else. (Video via I Am Other Entertainment / Pharrell Williams, Asylum Records / The Eagles)
Azoff has threatened a billion-dollar lawsuit if YouTube doesn't make a deal. Currently, YouTube gets its licensing through other large performance-rights organizations that negotiated terms with the Justice Department.