Paul McCartney and Friends demand changes to DMCA

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The battle between Youtube and the music industry still shows no signs of cooling down, with the latest declaration of war- a petition demanding changes to the Digital Millenium copyright Act (DMCA)- to be published in the Washington Post tomorrow, signed by 180 artists including Paul McCartney, Vince Staples and of course, anti-Stream Queen herself, Taylor Swift.

The DMCA, which was enacted in 1998 (which, in digital years, is somewhere before the dawn of time), removes liability for copyright infringement from services such as YouTube, as long as they respond to takedown notices from the rights holders themselves, which in the words of our friend Trent Reznor, allowed YouTube to be built on “free, stolen content”. Perhaps our favourite comment on the whole saga, however, goes to the Black Keys Patrick Carney, who claimed that a song should cost the same amount as an avocado…

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In response to the most recent claims, YouTube has suggested it receives no benefits from the DMCA, and again has pointed to the 3 billion dollars it has paid in revenue to the music industry.

As we said before, this one’s going to be going on for a while yet…

[via Billboard]

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