Google/Youtube has removed an entire country's music (Denmarks)

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Here's the press release from Koda Press release

For people who don't know who/what Koda is, here's a small explanation from Wiki:

KODA is the collecting society for songwriters, composers and music publishers of Denmark.
Its role is to act as an agent for its members in order to collect license fees whenever their musical works are performed in public, broadcast or transmitted, and to pay out performing royalties.
In 1935, an agreement reached with and a concession were given by the Danish Ministry of Culture in which the public performance rights were established.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The agreement will replace the local agreements of the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish composers and songwriters’ societies, combining them in a single, joint agreement with Google. In the case of Koda, the national agreement for Denmark expired in April, after which it was temporarily extended – as is standard practice in the industry while negotiating a new agreement.
Now, however, Google have issued a new demand: if the agreement is to be temporarily extended, Koda must agree to reduce the payment provided to composers and songwriters for YouTube’s use of music by almost 70% – despite the fact that YouTube’s use of music has increased significantly since Koda entered into its last agreement with Google.
Of course, Koda cannot accept these terms, and Google have now unilaterally decided that Koda’s members cannot have their content shown on YouTube and that their fans and users on YouTube will be unable to listen to Koda members’ music until a new agreement is in place.
Now of course this is only from Koda's point of view. From what I can tell, Dan Chalmers, director of Youtube Music in Europe, Koda is simply asking for more money than what's fair in comparison to other countries.

I don't listen to a lot of danish music, and definitely not on Youtube, but the worst part is Youtube apparently blocked a lot of other international songs from artists like Eminem, Linkin Park, a whole-lot of Hip Hop, RnB and more. I have a VPN, so I can still listen/watch to it all, but it's weird times for a lot of Youtube viewers in Denmark right now.
 
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Youtube is such a harsh platform. They just strip accounts of 1000's of followers or 100's videos without a care in the world. Even tracks that have been on the platform for 15 years with millions up millions of views and comments will just be eradicated over night. Now they are playing content police for a whole country?

Dan Chalmers may be right that about a there being disproportionate ask from Denmark, but its likely that everyones country is getting unfair payment from a company that takes in 15 billion a year. So many good things about YT, but deep down you know they don't care about the music side of things. Even YT music has been a failure, I think it shows how much love and expertise they choose to bring to the matter
 

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I honestly don't care much about danish music on YT, but many people in Denmark do and to them this sucks ass. What I find infuriating is that Google/Youtube have decided to block a shit ton of electronic music as well. I can't even listen to Hoopoe - Hutan, Ferrys new Black Lion or even some older classics without a VPN. Total bullshit