Musicians Petition Against YouTube For Copyright Reform

Musicians Petition Against YouTube For Copyright Reform

180 Stars Have Already Signed The Petition To Protect Their Music

180 Stars Have Already Signed The Petition To Protect Their Music

Beck, Jack White, and Trent Reznor are among the newest stars to sign a petition advocating Congress for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright act, which regulates the circulation of copyrighted work. These stars join the 180 others who have already signed: Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, U2, Carole King, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Yoko Ono, Vince Staples, and more. Along with these artists, 19 companies have also signed in favor of the petition, organized by music manager Irving Azoff—including major record labels, such as Universal and Sony/ATV. A full list of the signees can be found here.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) gives companies like YouTube a “safe harbor” from copyright infringement lawsuits as long as the companies comply with takedown notices from rights-holders. Publishers and big record labels say this act, established in 1998, gives YouTube a negotiating advantage. In response to the act, YouTube put out a statement to Music Business Worldwide that the actors’ voices are not going unheard: “The voices of the artists are being heard, and we’re working through details with the labels and independent music organizations who directly manage the deals with us.” YouTube also acknowledged that it has paid over $3 billion to the music industry.

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