Musicians Action Statement on Removal of Maria Pallante from Position of Register of Copyrights

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 Register of Copyrights. Not only is such “reassignment” unprecedented in U.S. history but the timing is particularly alarming. It happened right after Maria Pallante...

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About the Statement Of Digital Solidarity Petition

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 details: section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Last March, musicians’ and composers’ grass roots organizations, unions, rights organizations and industry...

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Statement of Digital Solidarity

*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.

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