c3: ‘When Only Big Tech Says DMCA Is Working, It’s Self-Evident Safe Harbors Have Failed’

Joins Unified Music Community Demanding Reform

Melvin Gibbs, President of the Content Creators Coalition (c3), and Jeffrey Boxer, Executive Director/General Counsel of c3, released the following statement on the music community’s joint Copyright Office filing demanding reforms to the failed safe harbors to ensure music creators are paid fairly:

“The Content Creators Coalition (c3) is proud to join with a unified music community in calling for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s broken safe harbors. These safe harbors were intended to ensure that tech companies who use music responsibly received the certainty of legal immunity. In doing so, the Act was intended to facilitate the Internet’s growth and simultaneously preserve a thriving music culture. When only big tech companies say the DMCA is working and only big tech companies are thriving, it’s self-evident that the safe harbors have failed. It is well known that, from time to time, there are tensions within the music community and we don’t always see eye to eye, so the fact that the entire music community is speaking today with one voice calling for urgent reforms illustrates how the dire the situation continues to be. As long as big tech companies such as Google/YouTube continue hiding behind the failed safe harbors to pocket millions of dollars while not paying artists fairly, music creators will continue standing together to demand reforms. c3 is honored to be one of the leading organizations driving this reform effort.”

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