No Artist, Writer Credits For Cover Or Live Videos, YouTube Spokesperson Confirms

YouTube to launch music streaming service on 22 May

It also added a new trending chart that will "essentially preference new music and will be updated multiple times a day to provide a near-real-time view of what is truly the hottest, has the highest trajectory, on the platform", YouTube's head of label relations Stephen Bryan told Billboard. The credits are displayed when users click "Show More' on a video description box, and will also include a link to the artists' official YouTube page and any corresponding official music videos, if available".

YouTube have added a new section to the descriptions of videos which credits the songwriters, artists, labels, and publishers involved.

"Despite how much and often they are used, online streaming platforms lack in providing creator credibility apart from only the artist, continuing the pattern of keeping the "back-of-house" creators in the shadows behind the artists" spotlight. "Music in this video" will be apart of all videos on YouTube.

"Songwriters are the heart and the soul of songs, so it's wonderful seeing them get the credit they deserve", Elton John said of the move in a statement.

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"What YouTube has done by making credits a priority to its platform will allow a better music experience for all". Reportedly, the settlement was $30 and $40 million United States dollars.

This announcement comes on the heels of Spotify introducing a similar feature earlier this year.

The problem stems from a lack of data. So, if any video features "Animals" by Martin Garrix, the song's full credits will be listed underneath the video.

By default, YouTube is therefore building something akin to its very own Global Rights Database for music - which may alarm some of the more suspicious elements of territorial PROs around the globe. On certain songs, details such as artist, songwriter, publisher and label information will appear.

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