Music Stars Slam Piracy Law for Letting Google Rip Them Off
By Joan E. Solsman on March 31, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Hundreds of music industry figures, including megastars like Katy Perry and Maroon 5 andÂ high-profile managerÂ Irving Azoff, have lashed out at GoogleÂ for profiting off piracy because of aÂ â€œdysfunctionalâ€ law.
Search giant Google â€œcan develop programs to play and beat a master of the complex game Goâ€ but wonâ€™t create a way to fix its indexing of repeat infringersÂ thatÂ pop back up almost as quickly as theyâ€™re taken down,Â music trade organizations said in a filing.
A letter signed by creators includingÂ Bette Midler and Elvis Costello alluded to Googleâ€™s massive video site YouTube as having â€œswallowed up almost every otherÂ form of listening,Â while paying among the lowest royalties in the business.â€
The system has, at worst,Â become â€œa business plan for profiting off of stolen content,â€ the trade groups continued.
Google declined to comment on the matter.
The filings to the U.S. Copyright Office wereÂ submitted as part of a public comment period on whatâ€™s known as the â€œsafe harborâ€ provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a 1998 law. The Copyright Office is expected to weigh theÂ submissions and make a report to Congress. That report wonâ€™tÂ have any legislative teethÂ but may make recommendations to lawmakers.