Coalition of 15 Music Orgs File Complaint Over Digital Millennium Copyright Act

No Comments 23 February 2017

Coalition of 15 Music Orgs File Complaint Over Digital Millennium Copyright Act

A coalition of 15 music organizations representing creators and companies has submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office about the safe harbors in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and why they’re not working for the music business. Among them are the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and various collection societies and creators organizations.

Author: Robert Levine - Billboard

What’s in the filing isn’t a surprise: For years, labels, publishers and creators have made the case that the 1998 law - which limits the liability of companies like YouTube - prevents the online market from properly valuing music. And when the Copyright Office originally announced the study in 2015, it seemed unlikely that it would result in any action. Now, however, as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) prepares to move ahead with a long-awaited copyright process, under a Trump Administration perceived to be friendlier to rightsholders, it could become more important.

The substance of the filing is fairly similar to what various music business organizations have said before: By setting up a system where rightsholders need to ask websites to remove content uploaded by users, the DMCA erodes the value of music. The number of organizations that filed comments together is unusual, however, especially since they represent parts of the music business that are sometimes in conflict with one another - labels, publishers, managers, creators organizations, and even unions.

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