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YouTube restores blocked videos in Finland following temporary licensing deal

YouTube has returned hundreds of music videos to its service in Finland, ending a temporary block on the content. The tech company stopped showing content represented by Finnish collection society Teosto starting November 30 after the two parties were unable to secure a new licensing agreement. The restored access is the result of a temporary agreement, and Billboard reports that negotiations to create a more permanent solution are ongoing.

About 69% of Finnish music consumers use YouTube, according to Teosto. The collection society says it represents more than 30,000 composers, songwriters, and publishers from Finland and nearly 3 million internationally. It paid out €60 million ($71 million) to members last year.

“Teosto has had long negotiations with YouTube in good spirit,” the group said in a statement, adding that the “only goal for Teosto is to ensure the rights holders receive the compensation they deserve from the strong growth of YouTube in Finland.”

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