MUNICH, November 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On 01 November 2016, GEMA and the online platform YouTube signed a licensing agreement which also covers the contractual gap since 2009. 70,000 music authors and publishers represented by GEMA are now going to receiveagain remuneration for the exploitation of their musical works protected by copyright. After years of legal disputes and lengthy negotiations, GEMA and YouTube managed to agree on a licensing contract. By concluding this contract, GEMA members will now be paid for the exploitation of works protected by copyright via the online platform with the furthest global reach. GEMA is fulfilling its fiducial duty to manage the rights on behalf of its members by signing this contract. The public is another beneficiary of this agreement. From now on, so-called blocked content notices will discontinue. YouTube is no longer going to place them prior to music videos containing GEMA repertoire protected by copyright. Dr Harald Heker, GEMA CEO, commented the contract as follows: "After seven years of tough negotiations the conclusion of this contract with YouTube marks a milestone for GEMA and its members. We remained true to our position that authors should also get a fair remuneration in the digital age, despite the resistance we met. It is crucial that the licensing agreement that we have now signed covers both the future and the past. By reaching this agreement, we can secure the royalties for our members." On top of the traditional ad-based service, the agreement covers the new subscription service that YouTube is already offering in the USA and which it is planning to launch in Europe. Thomas Theune, Director of Broadcast and Online at GEMA, adds: "The conclusion of this contract with YouTube is a clear signal to all online platforms that successfully build their business models on the musical works of creatives. Authors must be fairly remunerated for the exploitation of their musical works. GEMA will continue to actively pursue this goal." There are still different legal positions held by YouTube and GEMA on the issue of whether YouTube or the uploaders are responsible for the licensing of the used musical works.