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YouTube appeals to Turkey's Constitutional Court over ban

YouTube has appealed to Turkey's Constitutional Court to lift a ban the government slapped on the video-sharing service after audio of a top-level security meeting was posted on the site. The appeal asks the court to "immediately" lift the ban on the site, a source familiar with the case told AFP Monday on condition of anonymity. The government ordered YouTube blocked on March 27 after an audio recording appeared on it, allegedly of top-level security talks on Syria.

YouTube appeals to Turkey's Constitutional Court over ban

YouTube has appealed to Turkey's Constitutional Court to lift a ban the government slapped on the video-sharing service after audio of a top-level security meeting was posted on the site. The appeal asks the court to "immediately" lift the ban on the site, a source familiar with the case told AFP Monday on condition of anonymity. The government ordered YouTube blocked on March 27 after an audio recording appeared on it, allegedly of top-level security talks on Syria.

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," a joint statement by the companies said, without offering details. The suit dates back to 2007 when Viacom accused the Google-owned video-sharing division of using pirated video clips to attract viewers.

YouTube forecast to rake in $5.6 billion from ads

Industry tracker eMarketer forecasts that YouTube will rake in about $5.6 billion from ads this year, pocketing nearly two billion of those dollars as profit. The Google-owned online video sharing venue should net $1.96 billion, after divvying YouTube ad revenue with partners and creators of content, in a 65.5 percent jump from what it netted in 2012, according to eMarketer.

PSY and Ylvis top YouTube 2013 video hit list

A Norwegian comedy duo and South Korean rap music sensation PSY topped a list of hit videos shared at Google-owned YouTube this year. YouTube's annual "Rewind" collection of online videos that won the most attention at the website was headed by Ylvis musically wondering what "The Fox" might say. Fox outfits also wound up the most searched-for Halloween costumes this year, according to Google. The video had logged more than 277 million views as of Wednesday. Topping the YouTube music video list was PSY's "Gentleman," watched nearly 600 million times.

Norwegian comedy video 'The Fox' tops YouTube 2013 chart

A zany Norwegian music video originally intended as a joke was the most popular video of the year on YouTube, the website revealed Wednesday. Since its release on September 3 the clip -- featuring people in animal costumes dancing in a forest to the refrain "What does the fox say?" -- had more than 276 million views on YouTube, the site said. "The Fox" shot to eighth place in the popular music chart compiled by US music magazine Billboard in October, ahead of major artists such as Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey.

Psy's 'Gentleman' year's most viewed K-pop video on YouTube

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy's most recent single "Gentleman" was the most viewed K-pop video of 2013, the video-sharing website YouTube said Tuesday. The music video for the South Korean performer's single has so far drawn about 600 million views, YouTube said in its latest update. The song had set a world record as the most-watched online video in a single day upon its release in April, breaking 100 million YouTube views in record time that month.

Rapper Eminem takes home Artist of Year YouTube Music Award

By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first-ever YouTube Music Awards on Sunday, improvised with plenty of celebrity cameos thrown into the mix, saw awards going to rapper Eminem and hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The show made a clear bid for the quirky, a benefit of being streamed by YouTube rather than broadcast on television.

YouTube debuts first-ever music awards

YouTube debuts its first-ever music awards ceremony Sunday, in a star-studded showcase notable for some of the industry's biggest names but also its webcast format. Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and others will perform during the show hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and musician-comedian Reggie Watts. Spike Jonze, the force behind a number of hit music videos and films, is creative director for the 90-minute affair, which will stream live from New York's Pier 36 event space.

YouTube readying paid music service

Google's video-sharing arm YouTube is preparing to launch a subscription music service to allow consumers to watch videos and listen to music ad-free, industry sources said Friday. Sources familiar with the plans told AFP the service is likely to launch sometime next year. The new plan would still allow users free access for the vast amount of music and music videos available on YouTube but would allow an option for a paid service without ads, with some extras such as the ability to store and listen to songs offline.
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