Youtube / Music Lawsuit

Music mogul Irving Azoff - sometimes referred to as the most powerful person in the industry - has threatened YouTube with a billion-dollar lawsuit over song rights. The former Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Clear Channel boss, who's also managed Van Halen, Journey, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and many others, says his new company owns the rights to over 20,000 tracks which the video service is using without permission. His new firm, Global Music Rights, looks after material written by John Lennon, Chris Cornell and many others. Asked why he's chasing YouTube rather than other streaming services, Azoff tells the Hollywood Reporter: "They are the ones that have been lease cooperative, and the company our clients feel are the worst offenders. It's also their attitude."
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