Taylor Swift, Katy Perry And 180 Other Artists Signed A Petition Against Companies Like YouTube. | Gradient

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and 180 other artists signed a petition against companies like YouTube.


Musicians are uniting together to protect the next generation in a petition for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The Act was passed in 1998 and gave services similar to YouTube a break when it came to copyright infringement liability. The companies are only required to take down copyrighted material if copyright holders file a takedown notice. While on the other hand, the companies that don’t operate under the DMCA have to not only get permission from labels, but they also have to pay extremely high fees in order to use the music.

Now, it seems to be only fair that YouTube is not held entirely responsible for their third party users. For them to regulate everything their users use and post seems impossible, however,  musicians and their labels feel the same way. How are they able to track every song used illegally? They are just bound to miss a lot, and lose out on a lot of money. Right? 

Well… it is worth noting that many labels have been making deals with YouTube where they can make money on ads running with the use of their content. YouTube uses it’s systems to identify songs in uploaded material and offer ads to its rightsholders. Within these types of advertising opportunities, Google has paid more than $3 Billion to the music industry. The YouTube chief business officer Robert Kynel said that labels are monetizing 95 percent of their content as opposed to manually filling takedown notices.

Despite the large amount of money that Google has paid, musicians are still concerned about what companies like YouTube mean for songwriters and artists. Which is true, musicians are making significantly less amounts of money from recorded works and are forced to make their income through performing.

So the petition argues that the Act “has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone, while songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish.” You can read the entire petition here.

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