French authors' and publishers' collecting society Sacem is set to a strike a licensing agreement with YouTube.

The development was announced during a Paris press conference to unveil collections and distribution of income to members for 2009.

During the press conference, Sacem deputy director Catherine Kerr Vignale announced that an agreement with Youtube on the licensing on Sacem's catalog was "close," after years of negotiation.

While its headline results had already been announced in January, Sacem has now unveiled full details of its collections and distributions. As previously reported, Sacem recorded a 0.85% increase in global revenue in 2009, to €762.3 million ($934 million).

"This is a remarkable result given our worries [a year ago]," commented Sacem chairman of the management board Bernard Miyet. He said that mechanical income was still down, adding that the future impact of the world economical crisis on concert attendance and on TV and radio advertising was unknown.

Overall, mechanical income went down 3.4% overall to €152.9 million ($187.2 million); revenue from CD and DVD went down 11.7% to €88.6 million ($108.5 million), while Internet rights increased 8.2% at €9.3 million ($11.4 million). Revenue from private copying levies on blank media formats and electronic hardware increased 11.6%, to €55 million ($67.4 million).

Income from live performances increased 2.2% to €135.3 million ($165.7 million), which was expected as a result of 2009 tours from U2 and Coldplay and French veteran Johnny Hallyday.

Revenues from audiovisual (broadcast TV and radio) were up 1.2% to €270.8 million ($331.8 million). In audiovisual income, revenue from television increased 1.7% to €220.2 million ($269.8 million), but Miyet stressed the space for French live music on TV was decreasing, which creates problems for French songwriters' work to get exposure. The revenue from radio dropped 1% to €50.6 million ($62 million).

Miyet stressed the rapid changes in Sacem's revenue sources had an impact in Sacem's collecting costs, as it is proportionally more expensive to collect on live concerts than on CDs. He also noted that digital services generated a lot of "nano transactions," which are costly for Sacem to collect and distribute.

In 2009, Sacem distributed €634.1 million ($777 million) to members, up 5.2% from 2008, plus €16.5 million ($20.2 million) through its "cultural action" fund. The average administrative cost rate reached 15.7%, compared with 15.5% in 2008 and 15.2% in 2007.