YouTube has finally agreed to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association, ending a four-year legal battle with over 3,000 independent music publishers.

The new contract will cover synchronization rights on behalf of the songwriters and will extend to cover versions of the songs as well.

This way, songwriters will get a portion of advertising revenue associated with videos featuring their songs, however the terms of royalties have not yet been disclosed.

The NMPA will drop its lawsuit against YouTube that has been in place since 2007.  The suit was filed because the NMPA felt that the site enabled infringements of songwriters’ rights.

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Brittney McNamara is a Blast Junior Editor

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