The Music Industry's New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

Fast Company:

Taylor Swift has "declared war" on YouTube. Or at least that's how some have characterized the open letter signed by Swift, U2, and around 180 other artists last month, calling on lawmakers to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, or DMCA.

The DMCA, says the letter, "is broken and no longer works for creators." The letter takes aim specifically at Section 512 of the law, which gives user-generated content platforms "safe harbor" from liabilities related to copyright infringement. In other words, artists say, YouTube profits off pirated copies of their music. That directly diminishes songwriters’ and artists’ earnings while allowing "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." YouTube, Google, and Alphabet aren't mentioned by name, but it's obvious which "major tech companies" they're talking about...

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