American artists denounce immunity from YouTube for copyright claims

Apr

2

2016

More than a hundred American artists have filed petitions with the Copyright Office to modify a law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This protects parties like YouTube liable for copyright claims.

Among the artists are well-known names such as Rod Stewart, Billy Joel and Katy Perry, know to Bloomberg report . They have had enough of an article from the DMCA ensures that no liability include hosting parties with copyrighted material made ​​available. The reason is that these companies only provide a service and play a passive role in relation to the content that users upload. The artists argue that this is unfair, because those parties there with a lot of money. In addition, revenue from streaming music only increased in recent years.

The hosting parties point to the fact that they do indeed offer ways to remove content that infringes on copyright, such as a notice and takedown procedure or via automated systems such as Content ID from YouTube. The artists put there hand, the procedure in which first requested the removal should constitute an excessive burden and therefore need to change the law or hosting parties need to adjust their policies. The Copyright Office has no authority to change the law, but may make a recommendation to a committee that deals since 2013 with the reform of the US copyright law.

European law has a similar arrangement included, which distinguishes between hosting and access providers. The latter is only liable for content as it plays an active role and example will make changes to the content. Hosting providers are liable if they are made ​​aware of illegal content, for example through an NTD procedure, but they then take any action.

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