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.