Daniel Kreps: Jack White, Pearl Jam, U2, Trent Reznor Sign DMCA Petition

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.

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@danielkreps: Trent Reznor on YouTube’s ‘Very Disingenuous’ Business Model

“The last 10 years or so have felt depressing because avenues are shutting down. Little shrines to music lovers – record shops – are disappearing,” Reznor said. “And every time there’s a new innovation, the musician is the one that didn’t have a voice at the table about how it’s presented. I thought, if I could make a place where there could be more opportunities, and it comes with more fertile ground, and music is treated with a bit more with respect, that interests me. It’s not, “Oh, I hope I get on that taco commercial.”

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@stuartdredge: YouTube is built on the back of stolen content says Trent Reznor

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is the latest artist to join the music industry’s war of words with YouTube, attacking Google’s video service over the role it plays for musicians.

“I find YouTube’s business to be very disingenuous. It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big,” said Reznor in an interview with Billboard.

Reznor was not speaking purely as an artist, however. He is also chief creative officer at Apple Music, the streaming service launched by Apple in 2015, which is one of the key rivals to YouTube in the digital music world.

“I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It’s making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That’s how I feel about it. Strongly,” said Reznor, widening his criticism to other rivals like Spotify in the process.

Read the post on The Guardian.