Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante has resigned in response to an insulting and unprecedented “reassignment” carried out by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. We at Musicians Action are very concerned about the recent removal of Maria Pallante from the position of...read more
If “the devil is in the details”, then the devil destroying over half the value of musicians’ work (and permitting the mass copyright infringement that has generated windfall profits for Silicon Valley corporations) has made his mansion in one particular set of...read more
*Music Community’s response to the Copyright Office’s inquiry on section 512 of the DMCA:
End special privilege ‘safe harbor’ protections for corporate hosting platforms specializing in the delivery of content with ‘red flag’ knowledge of mass infringement.
End the game of whack-a-mole: reform the DMCA so that a single take-down notice effects the take-down of all identical files on a site… permanently.
Use the technology to protect our rights – without harming freedom of speech or genuine ‘fair uses’ – this technology exists now, and should be made standard for all major hosting platforms that deliver content and wish to enjoy Safe Harbor protections.
Fight For the Future and organizations like it have appropriated the language of progressives while failing to acknowledge that working artists are even part of the discussion — acting as though the only people who have an interest in creative rights are the RIAA, the MPAA, and other major entities. FFTF also fails to acknowledge their own corporate funding or the fact that their policy agenda is highly conducive to Google’s corporate agenda.read more
The DMCA is the 1998 law governing copyright in the digital domain. Loopholes in the DMCA have left artists effectively powerless to prevent massive for-profit infringement, leading to the growth of a huge and damaging black market (yup kids, that’s what we call corporate ad-based for-profit piracy: and that’s exactly what it is) in our work. If the devil is in the details, section 512 of the DMCA is our devil’s house.read more