Although Katy Perry & Taylor Swift have been rumored to have ‘Bad Blood’ for quite some time, it appears the two musical forces are joining together for one important cause that benefits them both. Get the scoop here!
Katy Perry, 31, and Taylor Swift, 26, who have both been the subject of many feuds, may have finally found some common ground to bring them together. The two pop-stars have signed the same petition that will make their lives a whole lot better. Clearly, both Katy and Taylor are ready to take a stand on a particular subject which is very important to many artists in this day and age.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act petition signed by Taylor and Katy was organized by Irving Azoff, according to Billboard. The music manager says that YouTube and other tech companies have provided “a safe harbor for copyright infringement under the current writing of the DMCA.” Basically, he’s arguing that it’s allowing people to steal content. The petition reads: “It has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone, while songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish.” Thus, the music pirating days may finally be coming to a close — or at least there may be a little more control since it’s seen as unfair to the talent putting in their hard work.
Among the 160 artists who signed the petition, including Steven Tyler, 68, and Paul McCartney, 74, several still claim that the DMCA is outdated and needs a change. The act was first signed into law by President Bill Clinton, 69, in 1998. The petition continues, “This outdated law forces us to stand by helplessly as billions of dollars in advertising is sold around illegal copies of our work. The growth and support of technology companies should not be at the expense of artists and songwriters.” We all know there is definitely some truth to these sentiments, considering you can find countless leaked albums or songs available before they are ready to be legally released. As Rihanna, 28, would say, “B****, better have my money!”
A rep for YouTube responded against the allegations to Rolling Stone, saying: “The overwhelming majority of labels and publishers have licensing agreements in place with YouTube to leave fan videos up on the platform and earn revenue from them. Today the revenue from fan uploaded content accounts for roughly 50 percent of the music industry’s YouTube revenue. Any assertion that this content is largely unlicensed is false.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the current DMCA regulations? Do you agree with Taylor and Katy that it’s time to make a change? Let us know!