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Warner Music videos yanked from YouTube after contract dispute

December 21, 2008 |  7:24 am

Red Hot Chili Peppers Warner Music Group's videos began disappearing from YouTube this weekend, the casualty of a contract impasse between the music company and the Internet's dominant video site.

Negotiations broke down last week over licensing fees for Warner's music and videos, say people familiar with the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly.

On its blog, YouTube alerted its audience to the collapse in talks, noting that professionally produced music videos and those that fans create using Warner songs would begin to disappear.

It remains unclear whether YouTube or Warner decided to pull the plug.

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-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

Photo: Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band on the Warner Music label. Credit: Between a Rock via Flickr