Music Industry Seeks Digital Copyright Reform
Hundreds 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.