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YouTube could block Arctic Monkeys and Adele

YouTube said it will block videos from indie artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Adele, unless they sign up to agreements surrounding its new ad-free streaming music service.

Arctic Monkey's could see their music videos cut from YouTube.
Arctic Monkeys could see their music videos cut from YouTube. Credit: PA Images

Google, which owns YouTube, has been renegotiating contracts as it prepares to launch the music subscription service and has signed deals with the major labels.

But the internet giant is threatening to block independent artists from using the entire YouTube platform — free or paid — if they do not agree to the terms of the new streaming service.

Adele could also see her music videos disappear, unless she signs up to YouTube's new streaming service.
Adele could also see her music videos disappear, unless she signs up to YouTube's new streaming service. Credit: PA Images

Robert Kyncl, YouTube's head of content and business operations, told the Financial Times that videos from independents could be blocked "in a matter of days," if new licenses were not negotiated.

Read more: YouTube to block indie labels as it launches paid music service

YouTube's entry into the music subscription market comes after Amazon launched a similar service for its Prime members, and Apple bought online music service Beats Music.

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Gangnam Style hits two billion views on YouTube

It is two billion and counting for Psy and his irrepressible Gangnam Style. The South Korean pop star's surprise hit has become the first YouTube video to surpass two billion views.

The unlikely viral star holds the record for most overall views and most views in a day with 38 million for his Gangnam Style follow-up Gentleman.

No other video comes close to Gangnam on the streaming service's list of top videos. Justin Bieber's Baby is the only other billion-plus video at 1.04 billion views.

Cute kid video Charlie Bit My Finger - Again! is a distant third with 711 million views.

Read: YouTube's most watched and top trending videos in 2013 revealed

Turkish court rules YouTube block is violation of rights

The constitutional court in Turkey has ruled that a block on access to YouTube is a violation of rights, local media have reported. The block was imposed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government two months ago.

Turkey blocked access to YouTube as a "precaution" officials said. Credit: Reuters

Blocks on access to YouTube and Twitter were imposed after audio recordings, purportedly revealing corruption in Erdogan's inner circle, were leaked on the sites. The block on access to Twitter was lifted in April.

Read: Turkey blocks YouTube amid 'national security issue'

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Courts orders YouTube ban in Turkey to be lifted

A court has lifted the ban on YouTube in Turkey but 15 videos will continue to be blocked, Ankara court documents show.

Officials in Turkey had banned the video sharing site amid a 'national security issue'. Credit: Reuters

Officials had blocked access to the site as a "precaution" after voice recordings purportedly of senior officials discussing a potential operation in Syria were posted on the video-sharing website.

YouTube 'inaccessible' inside Turkey

Twitter users inside Turkey have been expressing their frustration at the reported YouTube ban.

More: Google looking into reports of YouTube ban in Turkey

Google looking into reports of YouTube ban in Turkey

Google said it was looking into reports that users in Turkey are unable to access YouTube. IN a statement, it said there was "no technical issue" on their side, and that they were looking into the problem.

We're seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side and we're looking into the situation.

Read: Turkey 'bans YouTube amid national security issue'

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