Taylor Swift Versus YouTube
22 Jun, 2016
Taylor Swift took on Spotify two years ago and now she’s taking on media giant, YouTube. Swift, flanked by artists like U2, Paul McCartney, Vince Staples and the Kings of Leon, have signed an open letter to Congress asking for the reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (D.M.C.A.), which oversees copyright online.
The open letter, which is also signed by music labels including Sony and Universal, is being published in Washington, D.C., publications The Hill and Politico. The letter to Congress comes at an important time for labels. The U.S. Copyright Office is reviewing D.M.C.A. safe harbors and the House Judiciary Committee is reviewing copyright law.
The big labels are in the process of renegotiating their deals with YouTube. Artists, who don’t typically speak out about contentious issues like copyright, have become more vocal in recent months as the music industry has seemed to find an issue it can rally around.
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