T-Bone Burnett’s Comments on Reform of the DMCA Safe Harbor
The U.S. Copyright Office has invited the public to comment on potential reforms of the DMCA “safe harbors” and the incomparable T-Bone Burnett delivered this video version of his insightful comments on DMCA abuse. (See also Billboard article on T-Bone’s comment and my 2006 post on MTP, The DMCA is Not An Alibi.)
It is important to make the distinction that T-Bone makes and that Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills made in his Canadian Music Week keynote–the problem with the DMCA safe harbors is not so much with ISPs like AT&T and Verizon that take respecting copyright seriously (both were in the Copyright Alert System). The problem is with companies like Google that don’t respect copyright as T-Bone makes clear.
It is important for Congress to keep this in mind–and any failure to do so will call into question Google’s massive lobbying power.