The Internet Changed but the Law Didn’t
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was written as an attempt to stop abuse of creative works back in the day.
The Internet was a very different place 20 years ago.
To get email back then, you had to actually get mail first. Like from the mailman.
One day you’d get a disc that looked like this …
… or this …
You’d load the disc…
… Log in to AOL and pay a monthly fee.
Have we mentioned how long it took to log in?
You still with us? Ok, good.
One of fifteen buttons would take you to … the “Internet, including the World Wide Web, FREE.”
There wasn’t a lot there. Less than two and a half million websites (compared to over A BILLION today).
There weren’t a lot of places to put illegal copies of music and movies, or places for those illegal copies to hide.
Flash forward to now ...
We have all gotten used to instantaneously accessing… anything we want.
The Internet changed but the law didn’t.
Under the DMCA, creators have to police the entire Internet and identify every unlicensed copy of the work. But in today’s vastly larger Internet, when unlicensed music is “taken down” it just pops right back up again
OK, one more.
Google now receives over a billion takedown notices a year, but it doesn’t do creators any good.
And don’t cry for Google — they’re laughing all the way to the bank while the music industry suffers.
That’s why Google joined together with other corporate cronies to form the MIC Coalition in hopes of further reducing payments to artists and musicians and making off with as much $$$ as possible.
Man, music creators must be getting real tired of being taken advantage of huh?
Well a couple of weeks ago, lots — hundreds — of artists spoke out in support of reforming the DMCA safe harbors that Google and others exploit.
Kind of a big deal.