The petition states that the DMCA “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.”

Although YouTube isn’t mentioned in the petition specifically, it is one of the worst offenders in terms of allowing users to upload copyrighted material they don’t own the rights to. While having this unprecedented level of accessibility may be beneficial for the average music-listener, it ultimately makes it harder for songwriters to make back the money invested into production costs (studio time, session musicians, musical instruments and equipment, etc.). As a result, they’re much more dependent on the income from live shows, which makes it much harder for less established musicians to spend time with their families and take time off from the road.

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