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.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.