180 signatures from artists and creators have been submitted in a mission to reform the DMCA, a copyright policy that previously protected YouTube’s hosting of copyrighted content so long as the owner responded to takedown requests. While that seems like a reasonable rule to have in place, it detracts from the streaming services that are playing a fair game to get artists compensated.
“Legitimate digital music services can’t make money to pay artists if they have to compete with services that are shielded by out-of-date safe-harbor protections,” said artist manager Irving Arzoff in an interview with Billboard. As streaming is just beginning the rise to success, the only way it can continue to grow is if the unfair opponents start to hold themselves to the same standard.
On Tuesday, ads will run that talk further about this proposed reform and it’s effect on the industry. Stay tuned for more info this week.