YouTube comes under further scrutiny from more musicians.
Vince Staples, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift are among 180 artists and songwriters who have signed a petition urging for digital copyright reform, demanding changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The petition will run as in ad in different Washington D.C. magazines including Politico and The Hill starting tomorrow (Tuesday, June 21) through June 23.
The DMCA protects tech companies like YouTube from the actions of its users, like when they illegally upload songs they do not own the rights to – the kind of thing that inspired Trent Reznor to say the video platform is “built on the backs of free, stolen content”.
However, Billboard reports that: “YouTube has said it gets no advantage from the DMCA, since its Content ID system gives labels a way to remove or monetize their music, and 99.5 percent of music claims involve it as opposed to manual DMCA requests… YouTube also points out that it has paid more than $3 billion to the music business, and that much of this revenue is generated by casual music fans who might not subscribe to other services anyway.”
This is just another instance in a long string of musicians protesting YouTube in the past few months. Aside from Renznor — and The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, who echoed Reznor’s sentiments before subliminally slamming the Nine Inch Nails frontman for his involvement in music streaming — Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx launched a coalition of artists who petitioned YouTube to increase their royalty rates.