Does Copyright Matter in the Digital Age?

By Rodric David

Redfoo stands with Rodric David
Thunder Studios’ CEO Rodric David with recording artist Redfoo.

Irving Azoff, famed entertainment executive and musician manger, intensified his campaign against YouTube with a barrage of tweets on June 22, including a declaration of his support for the initiative of 180+ recording artists who had recently published an open letter to Congress. The letter lobbies for an update to the nearly 20 year old Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Azoff joins artists including Taylor Swift, U2, Elton John, and Christina Aguilera who are incensed that Internet service providers, websites, and streaming services are, in many instances, protected from violations of copyright infringement of an artist’s rights. Currently, the only way for a recording artist to keep their copyrighted work off of YouTube is to send a notice for each instance their work is uploaded by any user. This is a near impossible task given the fact that YouTube sees 500 hours of video content uploaded every minute. 

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