Jun 23, 2016

    Swift, U2 among artists demanding digital-copyright reform

    TAYLOR Swift, who has spoken out against Spotify and Apple, is now taking on YouTube over its payments to artists.

    She has joined some 180 recording artists - including Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon and U2 - and labels in petitioning for the United States Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

    They are putting forth the case that the current online copyright law allows sites such as YouTube to "generate huge profits" by catering to the convenience of the consumer, which comes at a cost to artists and songwriters who see their earnings diminished.

    "We ask you to enact sensible reform that balances the interests of creators with the interests of the companies who exploit music for their financial enrichment. It's only then that consumers will truly benefit," the letter, which will be published in top US political websites this week, read.

    Google, YouTube's parent company, declined to comment when approached by CNN.

    But it said in April: "Any claim that the DMCA safe harbours are responsible for a 'value gap' for music on YouTube is simply false."

    YouTube has responded with a statement that claims it has paid out over US$3 billion (S$4 billion) to the music industry "despite being a platform that caters to largely light music listeners".