Music Devaluation Is a Myth, Google Tells Congress

Google Responds To US Copyright Office Public Study

We are not-devaluing music at all…

Google has previously claimed that it is impossible to de-value music as songs will always be worth different things to different people at different times.

Now, Google is claiming that they in fact ADD value to music.

”To date, Content ID has generated more than $1 billion in revenue for the content industry…any claim that the DMCA safe harbors are responsible for a “value gap” for music on YouTube is simply false.

Back in 1998, Congress enacted Section 512 as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. At that time, just 5% of the world’s population was online.

Fast-forward to now, and more than 80 percent of Americans use the internet on a daily basis, and that’s just America.  Unsurprisingly, there’s a major issue with the volume of copyright infringing content on the internet, one that was almost impossible to predict twenty years ago.

The notice-and-takedown system was implemented, but has recently come under massive scrutiny with many saying that it isn’t doing enough to protect copyrighted works. This ultimately led to complaints from copyright owners, and a petition for a ‘take down stay down’ policy started.

Though, nothing further has been implemented as of yet.

US Copyright Office conducts a public study.

The United States Copyright Office then conducted a public study to examine the effectiveness of the DMCA safe harbor provisions contained in section 512.

The office considered the costs and burdens of the notice-and-takedown process on small and large copyright owners, online service providers and the general public. The office also reviewed how successful section 512 has been at addressing online infringement and protecting against improper takedown notices.

The US Copyright Office left their study open to comments.

Google Responded…

In an 18-page letter to the US Copyright Office, Google says…

”Some in the recording industry have suggested that the safe harbors somehow diminish the value of sound recordings, pointing to YouTube and blaming the DMCA for creating a so-called ‘value grab’…this claim is not supported by the facts.”

Google Responds to US Copyright Office Public Study

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