Back in May, Google’s YouTube was ordered by a district judge to pay ASCAP $1.61 million (ASCAP wanted $12 million) in royalties to U.S. Songwriters for music streamed between 2005 and 2008, and $70,000 per month moving forward. Now…

According to Valleywag, the Performing Rights Organization has begun to seek royalty payments from websites that embed YouTube videos that contain music created by ASCAP members.

ASCAP recently sent a collection letter to internet entrepreneur Jason Calcanis (pictured) for YouTube videos embedded on his Mahalo reference site. Based on what ASCAP told valleywag story, this may just be the tip of the iceberg.

"ASCAP does not offer licenses to – or require licenses from – those who simply make their personal blogs available on purely noncommercial Web sites. is a larger venture than simply a personal blog, and therefore ASCAP is engaged in discussions with Mr. Calacanis concerning the use of ASCAP members’ music on the site."

Valleywag says that ASCAP started sending out similar collection letters earlier in the year. At that time, siteowners were told by YouTube to refer ASCAP or any collection society demanding payments back to YouTube.

In a semi-related action, ASCAP, has filed suit against AT&T claiming that the carrier should pay a royalty each time a ringtone, composed or performed by one of its’ 350,000 members, is heard in public.


Originally posted 2009-07-10 14:09:15.