YouTube just announced that it wasn't able to reach a new deal with the UK's Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music), which collects licensing fees for musicians and labels in the UK. Because of this, YouTube will now block access to all premium music videos for users in the UK. According to YouTube, the licensing fees that PRS was looking for were "simply prohibitive" and Google would lose a "significant amount of money with every playback." YouTube also bemoans that PRS was unwilling to provide it with a comprehensive list of songs that were actually included in the license.

PRS for Music, on the other hand, also just released a statement that accuses YouTube of simply breaking off the negotiations without any consultation with PRS. According to PRS, Google "has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing."

YouTube goes out of its way to state that this move has nothing to do with the record labels. Patrick Walker, YouTube's Director of Video Partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa, lays the full blame on PRS for Music - and PRS, of course, blames Google for being too greedy. Walker, however, also says that the negotiations continue, so we might just see a solution in the near future. For now, however, users will have to resort to illegally uploaded videos if they want to watch music videos on YouTube in the UK.