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?”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Artist activist Miranda Mulholland’s full speech at the Economic Club of Canada where she takes on YouTube for paying artists so little.
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.
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.
Famed songwriter Maria Schneider explains how YouTube’s claim that it uses ContentID to stop piracy is backwards because it facilitates piracy.
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.
French composer society CISAC sites YouTube’s underpayment to authors as the “biggest challenge we face today” in its annual revenue report.
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.
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.
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.