YouTube has blocked music videos by British rock and pop artists from its site after it failed to reach agreement on the licence terms for using such material. This is the first time YouTube has adopted such a course of action.

In the UK, the royalty collecting body PRS for Music acts on behalf of the music industry in negotiating copyright licences for the public performance of live and recorded music. YouTube previously had an agreement in place with PRS for Music but this had expired and the parties had been negotiating the terms of a new licence for some time. It appears they were unable to reach agreement. YouTube stated it has taken the action after the PRS allegedly demanded a prohibitive increase in licence fees.

Videos uploaded by YouTube Users will be unaffected by the dispute.