Music Industry Seeks Digital Copyright Reform

By on Apr, 1 2016 with Comments 5

RIAAHundreds of artists involved in the music industry called for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Nearly 400 individual artists, songwriters, managers, and music organizations told Congress the law is “broken” and needs to be updated, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Their intent is to reform federal law to “to strengthen the music economy and create a healthier, more stable music ecosystem,” according to the RIAA.

Artists are submitting comments to the U.S. Copyright Office demanding change; they call the DMCA “antiquated” and says it “forces creators to police the entire Internet for instances of theft, placing an undue burden on these artists and unfairly favoring technology companies and rogue pirate sites.”

President Bill Clinton signed the DMCA into law in 1998.

Simultaneously, 18 separate music organizations combined efforts on a united 100-page joint brief explaining the myriad flaws in the DMCA — a law passed during the dial-up era — and calling for reforms.

40+ mangers explain in the documents how the law prevents a growing number of musicians from earning a living. All these diverse voices agree that the DMCA has failed to effectively prevent piracy and has distorted the music economy, undermining the next generation of creators.

The musicians say the law benefits tech companies; They don’t feel the same way, reports Billboard, which reports the Internet Association believes the DMCA is working as intended.

About The Author: Leslie Stimson has been a reporter for 35+ years, starting in radio news. She’s spent the last 20 years reporting for radio trades.

  1. Gary Black Says:

    Oh, more poor multi-millionaire victims who can hardly survive because of the oppressive government, unfair laws, corrupt tech companies and the thieving consumers who pirate away what little opportunity there is to scratch together enough money to feed themselves for a full week. Why don’t you quit and get a real job like the rest of us.

    So sick of the rich and self entitled crying victim.

  2. So they wrote the DMCA and now it isn’t good enough for them?

    The role of law isn’t to make an industry insanely profitable. Copyright can’t be rewritten every 18 years, that is INSANE.

    Also, it wasn’t signed into law by President CLinton in 1988, that would be impossible. I think you mean 1998.

  3. this is interesting, my law teacher said the DMCA needed to be updated. I kinda hope they don’t get their way. People are stupid enough to pay for it then that’s money earned. I use free services like youtube and pandora, I also torrent but I don’t keep those I listen, or watch, use it for its purpose and then delete it.

  4. Christian Says:

    I agree with a digital review of song play and distribution. I have two albums out which was giving me $9 a month with 2 followers on Spotify. Now I have a whole 48 followers and receive $.06 cents?!?! Something is wrong here.
    If we take an album sale of $10 and the purchaser can listen as much as they want, there needs to be a minimum amount paid to artist for each play.
    Thanks for reading

    • What makes you think that music should be compensated each play? This has to be unique in the world. After all, when you buy any other product you pay for it one time, not once when you buy it and again each time you use it.

      When I buy a movie or song it becomes my property insofar as I can watch/listen as many times as the media will allow with no additional compensation to anyone.

      If you are renting the song for play then you should not have to pay for it up front but rather each time it is played (for profit I am assuming). Even that compensation has a fault. The radio station/streamer is providing you, the artist, free exposure. To also charge them to play your recording seems a bit greedy in my book.