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The Case for Fixing the DMCA

Can Lyor Cohen Bridge The Google ‘Value Gap’ At YouTube?

MBW guest writer Andy Edwards looks at both sides of the value gap issue and poses the question: “Supposing that legislators rule in the music industry’s favor, the question remains: then what? How, in practical terms, is the value gap closed?”

  • Music Business World
  • Jul 19, 2017

Why Musicians Are So Angry At the World’s Most Popular Music Streaming Service

The Post examines the legal loophole that gives YouTube an advantage of its competitors and explores many musicians’ complaints about YouTube, with one artist stating “YouTube revenue is so negligible that I stopped paying attention to it.”

  • Washington Post
  • Jul 14, 2017

Can The Tech Giants Be Stopped? (Op-Ed)

Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California and the author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, questions whether the ever-expanding market dominance of Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech behemoths should be allowed to continue unregulated and unchecked.

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Jul 16, 2017

Music Industry Blasts YouTube’s ‘Value’ Report

The NY Post’s coverage of the U.S. music industry’s response to a flawed Google-commissioned report by RBB Economics in Europe that touts YouTube’s supposed value to the music industry.

  • New York Post
  • May 19, 2017

Is It Time to Break Up Google?

Author Jonathan Taplin’s piece in the New York Times opines on whether Google and other big tech companies should be regulated in the same way natural monopolies are often regulated, and offers suggestions on how to do that, including by scrapping the DMCA’s safe harbors which “allow companies like Facebook and Google’s YouTube to free ride on the content produced by others.”

  • The New York Times
  • Apr 22, 2017

Artist Testimonials

What Happens When We Starve Our Artists

Canada’s The Globe & Mail’s coverage of artist activist Miranda Mullholland’s powerful speech at the Economic Club of Canada, sponsored by Music Canada, in which she lambasts YouTube for creating and perpetuating a landscape where struggling artists live “in poverty” and implores the company to practice one important word: “accountability.”

  • The Globe and Mail
  • May 26, 2017

Miranda Mullholland Speaks At Economic Club of Canada On the Value Gap

Artist activist Miranda Mulholland’s full speech at the Economic Club of Canada where she takes on YouTube for paying artists so little.

  • Miranda Mullholand
  • May 24, 2017

T Bone Burnett Slams Notice-and-Takedown Copyright Rules

BNA‘s take on music icon T Bone Burnett’s video submission to the U.S. Copyright Office in which he makes a powerful appeal to policymakers to fix the DMCA’s broken notice and takedown system.

  • Bloomberg BNA
  • Feb 23, 2017

T Bone Burnett: Treading on Hallowed Ground – Google, the Ryman, and The Future of Nashville Music

In a Tennessean Op-Ed, legendary producer and musician T Bone Burnett dismisses Google’s charm offensive in Nashville in light of the effects on Nashville musicians of its abuse of the DMCA.

  • The Tennessean
  • Sep 22, 2016

Maria Schneider: Content ID is Still Just Piracy in Disguise: An Open Letter to Rightsholders and a Music Industry Ready to Renegotiate with a Monster

Famed songwriter Maria Schneider explains how YouTube’s claim that it uses ContentID to stop piracy is backwards because it facilitates piracy.

  • Music Technology Policy
  • Jul 31, 2016

The Value Gap

Music Publishers in Germany Say It’s ‘High Time’ the EU Acted on YouTube

Prof. Dr. Rolf Budde, chairman of the German Music Publisher Association, tells Billboard in an interview that the copyright law reform currently being discussed at the EU will enhance transparency and place the authors and music publishers on the same footing as the platform operators.

  • Billboard
  • Jul 11, 2017

CISAC Cites Value Gap As Biggest Challenge Facing The Biz In Annual Report

French composer society CISAC sites YouTube’s underpayment to authors as the “biggest challenge we face today” in its annual revenue report.

  • Music Week
  • Jun 8, 2017

‘Safe Harbour Is A Crippling Brake On The Growth Of The Properly Licensed Music Market’

Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills delivers an update on his three-year-old speech he gave at Canadian Music Week, stating that in three years there has frustratingly been “zero improvement” on the value gap.

  • Music Business World
  • Jun 8, 2017

The European Perspective On Music’s ‘Value Gap’

At a panel during the MIDEM music conference, executives from various global music trade bodies outline the issues around the value gap and why they expect services like YouTube to do better.

  • Music Ally
  • Jun 7, 2017

Both Sides Get More Vocal In European Safe Harbour Debate

Complete Music Update’s take on an event hosted in Brussels by creators group GESAC where several music advocates urged European lawmakers to do more to close the value gap, while a coalition of tech firms and libraries urged the lawmakers to scrap any plans to enact further requirements on service providers in the proposed copyright reforms.

  • Complete Music Update
  • May 31, 2017