Don’t worry, the Department of Justice will protect Google from these cranky artists, democracy is safe. It’s actually a big deal that U2 signed the petition given their connections to Google through the Silicon Valley venture capital networks.
Jack White, U2, Pearl Jam, Beck, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Trent Reznor have joined Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and over 150 more artists in signing a petition that calls for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and over 160 more artists and have signed a petition calling for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The DMCA was initially enacted in 1998, well before lawmakers could take YouTube’s impact on the music industry into account. Because of that, the artists argue that “sensible reform that balances the interests of creators with the interests of the companies who exploit music for their financial enrichment” is needed.