Anti YouTube campaign

Songwriters are uniting to try and get a better deal for their work after sites such as YouTube share music for free.

Pete Waterman, the mastermind behind Kylie Minogue, Sonia and Rick Astley used the example of the song Never Gonna Give You Up which has received 154 million hits on YouTube but he has only been given a cheque for 11 pounds for this.

He added that he would receive higher royalties if the song were played on Radio Stoke than on YouTube.

Calls for YouTube to start paying songwriters a fair amount for using their material are now heating up. YouTube have yet to respond to the demands of the songwriters.