[Editor Charlie sez: NMPA CEO David Israelite on trying to deal with Facebook the massive infringer.]
Facebook was built on sharing.
One of the most commonly shared things on Facebook is music. Specifically, covers of songs. Fan versions of hits have produced some of today’s biggest stars, but — there’s one problem, Facebook hasn’t licensed with any of the publishers who represent the songwriters behind that music. With views in the millions, it’s time for Facebook to answer songwriters’ friend request and properly license their platform. Otherwise, it may find itself de-friended by the music industry.