Artists Want DMCA Reform

An “open letter to Congress” signed by more than 180 songwriters and recording artists including Taylor SwiftPaul McCartneyBruce Springsteen, and Carole King was released June 20 urging reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

The effort, apparently spearheaded by Irving Azoff, calls for Congress to “find a more equitable balance between the interests of music creators and the interest of the companies who use the DMCA to exploit music for their financial benefit.”

While short on specifics, the letter points to the DMCA’s safe harbor provision that protects online service providers such as YouTube from liability for the activities of their users.