By this time, we have grown accustomed to some degree of familiarity in the music we hear, particularly as sampling and covering songs continues to be a popular and ever-easier practice. As litigious as many in the industry are, however, it can be easy for inspiration to stray into the realm of plagiarism.
UPDATED: YouTube today launched "Super Chat," a new way for musicians and creators to earn money. With Patreon, Vimeo and others fighting to attract top YouTubers, finding ways to rewarded them financially has become a top priority. But alongside today's launch, YouTube discontinued another fan funding feature.
The music industry seem united in their belief that YouTube should pay more money to creators, but that hasn't stopped them from working with Google's popular video site when they can. This latest deal will result in millions of dollars in previously unclaimed non-performance royalties paid to publishers and songwriters, starting in 2017.