Why are over 40 celebs threatening YouTube with $1bn lawsuit?

Celebrities including Pharrell Williams, The Eagles and John Lennon, are threatening to sue YouTube for a staggering $1bn.

The group claims that YouTube doesn’t have the performing rights for over 20,000 tracks and is demanding it takes down these songs.

YouTube’s owner Google, in turn, insists that it has the requite music rights and that it will not take down music videos.

Famous celebrity manager Irving Azoff, founder of Global Music Rights, plan to take on YouTube for publishing songs of over 40 music stars.

Speaking about his decision to sue Google and not other streaming services, Azoff told Hollywood Reporter: “Because they are the ones that have been least cooperative,” he said. “[It’s] the company our clients feel are the worst offenders.”

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