Taylor Swift, Carole King, Kings of Leon, and Paul McCartney have all teamed up, and no it isn't to write the song of your dreams. Instead, they have teamed up with over 180 artists and musicians to encourage Congress to take action on the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA).
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This legislation allows for "safe harbors" to be developed where you are able to upload content and be exempt from infringement lawsuits. These apps, websites, and companies have to respond to any takedown notices they are sent, but cannot be held liable for the video or music. These artists want to reform the policy so that they can get action, according to Billboard.
Swift shouldn't be a shocking addition to the list, because she has long fought for fair compensation for artists, most notably with streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify.
They took out a full page ad in a few Washington DC publications, including The Hill and Politico. The updated version would go hand in hand with negotiations major labels are having with YouTube. The US Copyright Office is already looking into the changes and the House Judiciary Committee has a copyright to-do list.
The ad explains to lawmakers that the DMCA “allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits" now that technology allows "consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone." It then goes on to talk about the earnings from songs because of the internet.
YouTube says that the DMCA doesn't give it any advantage and that it has paid the $3 million in royalties.
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Given the legislation lately, it seems like a rather brass topic to push forward to Congress when actual human lives are at stake - but that's show business.