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Taylor Swift, Katy Perry & Other Top Musicians Are Campaigning Against YouTube

Another day, another trouble for Google. This time around, the aforementioned names in the music industry along with 160 artists and record labels have signed a petition calling for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which offers certain protections for websites hosting copyrighted content. Under the law, websites like YouTube can serve copyrighted music uploaded by users provided they take it down when the right holder asks.
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The petition which is clearly hitting out at Youtube says it ‘has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone, while songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish.
In other words, these musicians have realized that they don’t earn like they used to ever since YouTube went mainstream.
However, in its defense, YouTube says most people playing music on YouTube are casual listeners who might not add to artists’ revenue. Also, nearly 99.5 percent copyright claims are handled by its automated system, not takedown requests. Lastly, they have paid more than $3 billion to the music industry so far.
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I am sure most of you are on Youtube’s side, but looking at it from the Artists’ point of view, most of their fans feel less inclined to pay for subscription models like Apple music and the others (Which clearly fetch these musicians more money) because they can get the music for free.
According to the music manger, Azoff “one artist was making $450,000 a year between all of his royalties. Now after the digital revolution, he is down to making ‘$40,000 a year.”
Whether or not this petition will enact a change is yet to be seen, but start getting ready for anything.
Just to be sure, which side are you on, Youtube’s or the Artists?

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5 comments on “Taylor Swift, Katy Perry & Other Top Musicians Are Campaigning Against YouTube

  1. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    …WELL, THIS IS TOUGH, BUT SERIOUSLY, I WILL SUPPORT THE ARTISTES BECAUSE THEY SUFFER THESE SETBACKS. I THINK THE INDUSTRY AND THE TECH GIANTS HAVE TO MEET UP TO PROVIDE FOR A LONG LASTING SOLUTION…

  2. KingAbsolute says:

    Tough choice but am on the artists side, they’re the ones that work hard to earn these proceedings…

  3. Jax M says:

    Adjust or die. You can’t expect to do business in the music industry the same way it was in the 90s. Digital media is here to stay. Rather use YouTube, Vine, etc to promote yourself and gain popularity. More fans means more recognition, and more gigs, and more money.

    1. Zita obeta says:

      I agree with you, they really need to adjust. Can’t remember the last time i bought music with my money, except if data for downloading count.

  4. Harrie says:

    Gee, aaaand through the famous app did they all get their fame. But even if it were to go their way through web sales, just a matter of time ‘fore some geek takes the wheels, plus it’s bound to get leaked.
    #JustSaying
    Cherrio

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