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Before the U.S.

Copyright Office Library of Congress

In the Matter of: Section 512 Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Docket No. COLC-2015-0013

JOINT COMMENTS of
Council of Music Creators
METAlliance
Songwriters of North America – Los Angeles Branch
and

977 individual music writers, performers, producers, business
professionals, and fans
Submitted on behalf of the above by
Phil Galdston, President, Council of Music Creators.

JOINT COMMENTS of Council of Music Creators, et al.
April 1, 2016

 
Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyright
Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights
United States Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
Dear Register Pallante and Associate Register Charlesworth,

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments as a part of your Office’s study of the
effectiveness of Section 512 (“Safe Harbor” provisions) of the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA).
We begin with the premise that the intent of Congress in enacting the DMCA was to
strike a balance between protecting composers, songwriters, producers, and performers
on the one hand, and shielding business interests from unreasonable liability for
copyright infringement on the other.
Unfortunately, that is not how it has worked out in practice. Instead, some market
players, like YouTube, have found ways to use the 512 provisions to actually promote,
rather than discourage, the illegal use of copyrighted works, and to enrich themselves in
the process. These companies allow billions of illegal uploads and downloads of
copyrighted material to be made each year, while they avoid prosecution for contributory
infringement by hiding behind the safe harbor provision.
A quick summary of some recent statistics will provide some perspective of the scope
and scale of the problem 1:
• 1 billion people use YouTube * 2
• In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views; increasing by 40% each year, since
• 4 billion videos are viewed each day †
• 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute *
• YouTube’s estimated revenue $4,000,000,000 *
• Most searched for topic on YouTube: music *
It's technically true that YouTube complies with the law by maintaining a process by
which a copyright owner can request that an illegal upload of copyrighted material be
taken down. But, in fact, while YouTube boasts that it has removed a large number of
illegally uploaded files, at the same time, the company displays a blatant disregard for the
Copyright law by permitting the same composition to be uploaded again and again, even
by the same user.

                                                                                                               
1  Source: DMR (expandedreamblings.com) * 2014; † 2012.
 
2   Teens = 81.9%; Millennials = 81%; Gen X = 58%; Boomers = 43%
 
 

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April 1, 2016

 
Taking down the same illegal upload hundreds of times does not demonstrate compliance
with the law. On the contrary, it demonstrates contempt for it. The takedown provision
has become a cruel joke in the music creator community, where it is well understood that
illegal uploads and downloads are costing them not just the right to protect their
copyrighted work, but the ability to make a living, while tech companies get rich by
abusing the process.
This same safe harbor provision is also being abused by search engines, like Google, that
steer hundreds of millions of users to websites it knows offer illegal downloads or
unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material. Whatever takedown action Google
provides, the results are the same: huge revenues for companies engaged in illegal
activity and economic devastation for music creators.
The undersigned strongly believe that the DMCA needs to be changed to level the
playing field and fulfill the intent of the legislation. We recommend:

1- Take down should mean stay down. When a music creator files a legitimate
takedown notice, all iterations of that file should stay down. Music creators
should not be required to spend their time in an endless whack-a-mole game,
particularly when companies like YouTube have the ability to identify and protect
copyrighted work at the moment users attempt to upload it.
2- Companies like YouTube that expect the protection of a safe harbor should be
obligated to require those who wish to upload copyrighted material to expressly
confirm that they have the right to do so before the material is uploaded. For
example, currently, YouTube makes no such reasonable demand. The disparity of
treatment of those who upload vs. those who are exercising their legal right to
request a takedown is striking and unfair. What’s more, not only does YouTube
do nothing to educate their users about copyright and their obligations to it, its
practices demean and demonize the copyright holder and the principle of
copyright, itself.
3- Any company that expects the protection of a safe harbor should be required as
a part of its platform and business model to employ the best available technology
to prevent infringement and theft. YouTube’s and Google’s claims of effective
action miss the point: these uploads should never have been permitted in the first
place.
4- YouTube and other streaming sites possess the software to detect copyrighted
works. Indeed, much of their income is derived from advertising on pages with
illegal content, which they identify using this software. So they could easily
block content a user does not have permission to upload and implement
immediate and final takedown of any work for which a copyright owner has filed
a takedown notice. That they choose not to use their software to comply with the
spirit of the law strongly suggests their contempt for it.

 

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April 1, 2016

 
Congress intended and music creators deserve to have their constitutional rights
protected. Right now, the "safe harbor" provisions of the DMCA do the opposite. We
strongly urge the Copyright Office to issue a report that emphasizes the urgent need for a
change in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and a change in current corporate
behavior. By so doing, the Office will help ensure that music creators are not
disrespected and abused and help nurture a sustainable ecosystem for present and future
music creators and the industry that relies on our work.
Thank you.
Respectfully submitted,
Council of Music Creators
Phil Galdston, President
David Wolfert, Vice President
Doug Wood, Secretary
Chris Hajian, Board Member
Rebecca Jordan, Board Member
Mark Righter, Board Member
Maria Schneider, Board Member
METAlliance
Chuck Ainlay, Founding Member
Ed Cherney, Founding Member
Frank Filipetti, Founding Member
George Massenburg, Founding Member
Elliot Scheiner, Founding Member
Al Schmitt, Founding Member
Songwriters of North America (SONA) - Los Angeles Branch
Michelle Lewis, Executive Director
Kay Hanley, Co-Executive Director
Shelly Peiken, Secretary
Brendan Okrent, Treasurer
Adam Dorn, Founding Board Member
Jack Kugell, Founding Board Member
Pam Sheyne, Founding Board Member
Rez Abbasi
Scott Abene
Michael Abler
James Abrahart
Steve Addabbo
Chris Addison
Mark Aguirre
J Ailan
Scott Ainslie
Bruce Ainslie
Anthony Ajluni

 

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Morgan Fisher
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Elli Fordyce
Scott Forman
Jim Foster

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David Gaither
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John Garnache
Phil Garrett
Lisa Geartz
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Patrice George
Tim Gibson
Mario Gil
Marshall Gilkes
Wendy Gilles
Heather Gilligan
David Gilmore
Pete Gitlin
Seth Glassman
Hans Glawischnig
Mike Glick
Bob Gluck
Gerald Gnassi
Ben Goldberg
David Goldman
Daniel Goldstein
Gil Goldstein
Laurie Goldstein
Michael Gordon
Al Gorgoni

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Mark Guiliana
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Andrew Gwynn
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Dan Haedicke
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Jeramy Hale
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Robert Hanley
Raven Hannah
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Keith Hansen
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Lindsey Harnsberger
Charlie Harrington
Richard Harris
Frederick Harris
George Harris Harris
Neal Harris
Charles Harrison
Tyson Harvey
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Martin Hennessy
Fred Hersch
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Tamara Hey
Jennifer Higdon
Eugene Higgins
Andrew Hinds
S. Hines
Doug Hinrichs
Kylie Hinze
Elissa Hock-Wimmer
William Holab
Robin Holcomb
Jonathan Holland
Bill Holman
Mike Holober
Jean-Marie Horvat
Wayne Horvitz
Al Hospers
Spring Houston
Ryan Howe
Jacqueline Howell
Reid Hoyson
Mark Hughes
Gregory Humphreys
Richard Hunt
Jean Michel Hure
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Shirley Hutchins
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Rob Ickes
Thomas Ickes
Jennifer Ickes
Michael Incavo
Tony Ingerson
Randy Ingram
Frank Ippolito
Robert Irving
Patrice Irving

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Bob Isaacs
Cedric Israel
John Izzard
Barry Jackson
Paul Jacobs
Robert Jacobson
Anca Jaglau
Timothy James
Michael Jay
Natalie Jean
Steve Jenkins
Sohui Jeong
Tom Jiroudek
Marla Jo
Buck Johnson
Michael Johnson
Liz Johnson
Joe Johnston
Rebecca Johnston
Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones
Jeff Jones
Michael Jones
Derrik Jordan
Eric Juret
Helga Kaefer
Brandon Kalber
Richard Kamins
Margaret Kampmeier
Christiane Karam
Manu Katche
James Katz
William Kaylor
Ryan Keberle
Brent Keefe
Geoffrey Keezer
Al Keith
Alexander Keith
Dean Keller
Phil Kelly
Ryan Kelly
William Kennedy
Suzanne Kenney
Wil Key
Ken Kiernan

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Brandon Kilgore
Frank Kimbrough
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Bill Kirchner
Larry Klein
Ann Klein
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John Koenig
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Doris Lange
Dirk Larsen
Jeff Lashway
Karl Laskowski
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Jamie Lawrence
Richard Layton
Remy Le Boeuf
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Maysa Leak
Philip Leavitt
Richard Lebos
Anthony Lee
Adrienne Lee
Scott Lee
Scott Leftridge
Ray Legnini
Jason Lekberg
Margaret Lemar
Lisa Lenke Sousa
Martyn Lenoble
Josh Leo

 

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Eric Levenson
Mark Levy
Devra Hall Levy
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David Liebman
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Gary Lindsay
Sandy Linzer
Corin Lockery
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Alex LoRe
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Matthew Louderback
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Ryan Malachy
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Hotsy Malone
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Maxx Mann
M.E. Manning
Paul Marangoni
Nathan Marble
Cathy Marczyk
Sherrie Maricle
Andrew Marino
Eugene Marlow
John Marr
Daniel Marschak
Allison Marshall

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Lois Martin
Juan Martinez
Anthony Martucci
Henry Marx
Eric Matthews
Lynn Mattingly
Walker May
Kenneth Mazur
Robin McAdoo
Steve McCabe
Charlie McCarthy
Donny McCaslin
Harold McCummings
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Kate McGarry
James McGarry
Tom Mcghee
Shaun McGonegal
Joel McKenzie
Linda McLaughlin
Pat McMakin
Jack McManaman
Joel McNeely
James McNeely
Jocelyn Medina
Daniel Mehrmann
Stephen Melillo
Hugo Mendez
Matthew Merewitz
Pat Metheny
Jeffrey Metheny
Nicolas Metheny
Stephen Metzger
Christina Meyer
Derrick Michaels
Sandra Michaels
Mariel Miele
Jason Miles
Edwin Milham
Brett Miller
Anna Miller
Paul Miller
Clay Mills
Peter Mills
Andy Milne

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Dom Minasi
Adrian Mongeli
Derel Monteith
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William Montgomery
Jonathan Moody
Martha Mooke
Brendan Mooney
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David Moore
Sanne Moore
Robert Moran
Jason Moran
Paul Moravec
Bret Moreland
Michael Moyes
Katherine Murdock
David Murphy
Frank Myers
Frank Myers
Nicholas Myers
Arthur Nasson
Jonathan Neal
Andrew Neesley
Charles Nesbitt
Clovis Nicolas
Rachel Nicolazzo
Jason Nitsch
Nadje Noordhuis
Robert Nowak
Norma Lizeth Núñez
Erika Nuri
Adam Nussbaum
Cheryl Nyman
Tess O'Brien
Pat O'Connell
Greg O'Connor
David O'Fallon
Keith O'Quinn
Mike O’Rear
Robert Olhsson
Andrew Orkin
Charles Ortolani
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David Ott

 

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John Potoker
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Michael Raye
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Jonathan Roberts
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Mark Roos
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Steve Rosati
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Edward RosenBerg
Bradley Ross
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David Sartor
Kevin Satre
Brian Scanlon
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Kim Scharnberg
Tony Scherr
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Justn Schipper
Heidi Schneider
Daniel Schnelle
Rex Schnelle
Matthew Schreibeis
Kathryn Schrock
David Schroeder
George Schuller
Gary Schuller
Shelfon Schultz
Dan Schwartz
Jon Schwartz
Kenneth Schwartz
Kenneth Schwartz
Rob Schwimmer
Ken Scott
Kendrick Scott
Raymond Scott
Vincent Scrima
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Thomas Smith
Kerry Smith
Melanie Smith Howard
Jeffrey Snider
Vincent Souez
Jane Southard
Donald Sparr
Robert Spittal
DJ Splinter
Raleigh Squires
Tina St. Clair
Jesse Stacken
James Stanley
Tony Stanziano
Margaret Statham

Brian Steele
Rafe Stefanini
Bryant Sterling
Michel Stern
Bradley Stevens
Ian Stewart
Tara Stewart
Sandra Stonehill
Hank Strauss
Enoch Strickland
Andrei Strizek
Rory Stuart
McKenzie Stubbert
Paul Suchow
John Sullivan
Kat Sullivan
Peter Sumof
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Mark Suozzo
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John Swanson
Ronald Sweet
Ella Swift
Nelda Swiggett
Jorge Sylvester
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Robert Tassi
Joe Tassi
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Charles Taylor
Chris Teal
Daniel Temkin
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Kristin Theak
Sheila Thistlethwaite
Jefferson Thomas
Howard Thompson
Russ Titelman
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Roberto Torres
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Ryan Truesdell
Lizzi Trumbore
Yun-Hua Tsai
Adonis Tsilimparis
Jim Tulip
Andy Turits
Michael Tyler
Suze Uttal
Harvey Valdes
Charles Valentino
Deborah Van Kleef
John Van Tongeren
James Vandenberg
Jerry Vandiver
Terrence Vaughn
David Vincent
Carl Vipperman
Jay Visvadeva
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Riley Vuyovich
Darin Wadley
Eliot Wadopian
Steve Waide
Myron Walden
Morgan Wallace
Chris Wallin

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Gregory Wanamaker
Chris Ward
Bob Washut
William Waterman
David Watson
Laura Watts
Dave Way
Paul Weager
Ruth Weber
Matthias Weber
Johannes Weidenmueller
Cynthia Weil
Ezra Weiss
Jill Welch
Joshua Wellins
Bill Wence
Scott Wendholt
Kenny Werner
Janie West
Rex Westen
Steven Wexler
Frank White
Lari White
Jack White
Susan White
Donald Whitehurst
Jacob Whitesell
Roseanna V. Wickliffe
Paul Wickliffe

Gary Wicks
David Will
Laurie (Fly) Williams
Chris Williams
Bernie Williams
James Wilson
Nan Wilson
Julien Wilson
Geoffrey Wilson
Liam Wilson
Therese Winchell
Karl Wingate
Stephanie Winters
Richard Wojcik
Gernot Wolfgang
Max Wolpert
Allen Won
Miguel Wood
Alfred Woolfolk
Seth Yacovone
Chris Yurchuck
Rossen Zahariev
Francois Zalacain
Al Zansler
Sunny Zebe
Jenny Ziefel
Julian Zimmon
John Zorn
Jonathan Zwartz

Council of Music Creators (CMC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and
strengthening the rights of songwriters and composers through education, outreach, and advocacy. CMC
seeks to be a unified, pure voice representing the widest possible spectrum of creators in records, film,
television, jingles, games, theater, and live performance, communicating with the music-making
community and music lovers and users.
.
METAlliance is a collaborative community that promotes producers, engineers and audio technology
manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production.
Songwriters Of North America (SONA) is a grassroots songwriter advocacy organization that grew in
response to abysmal licensing rates being paid to music creators by music streaming media companies.
SONA’s goals are to effect change from the halls of Washington to the constantly morphing digital music
business; to gather, process and circulate information about issues which directly effect the lives and
livelihoods of songwriters; to ensure that songwriters’ livelihoods are protected and that the value of our
songs is never sold out or taken for granted.

councilofmusiccreatorsny@gmail.com

 

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