In May, Billy Bragg's management team removed the artists page from Myspace citing the terms and conditions of the site. It was suggested that these conditions meant that Myspace could...

In May, Billy Bragg’s management team removed the artists page from Myspace citing the terms and conditions of the site. It was suggested that these conditions meant that Myspace could use content without renumerating the artist.

Now the focus has turned to YouTube, the popular video clip sharing site which encourages its uses to upload and share video content. The site, which currently has no revenue channels, states that the uses retain ownership rights. However, YouTube, and its successor company, retains the right to create derivative work. Users can circumvent this issue by withdrawing content but this won’t always solve the problem as YouTube content is constantly distributed knowing that your content has been taken away is hard to ascertain. Moreover, YouTube’s successor company, which is bound to have commercial imperatives, will have access to a vast database of content that they will legitimately be able to use.

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