European copyright societies have asked YouTube and MySpace to bring discussions to a climax on back-payments for unauthorized use of copyright works.

Paris-based CISAC and its ally BIEM say they have sent letters to the respective user-generated video platform and the giant social networking site calling on all parties to reach conclusions on content licensing, and for remuneration to copyright owners.

In a statement issued Thursday, Both parties admit that the removal of works from the online services does not represent the "best long-term solution" for both rights holders and the digital firms.

"The goal of this action is to initiate licensing partnerships that will enable continued growth for these platforms," comments Eric Baptiste, director general of CISAC, in the statement. "Such a partnership is beneficial to all interested parties." Paris-based CISAC is the International Confederation of Societies and Authorites and Composers.

His comments are backed by Ronald Mooij, secretary general of BIEM, the organization representing mechanical rights societies. "I am confident that MySpace and YouTube will see to their responsibility in terms of copyright by reaching a settlement that will allow them to exploit each and every one of the millions of works in copyright societies' repertoires in a lawful and regulated manner and," Mooij says, "by doing this, contribute to the development of legitimate content distribution."

MySpace and YouTube have yet to respond.