NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Congressman Marsha Blackburn is joining Taylor Swift and other artists in the push for digital copyright reform.
Blackburn says the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is nearly 20 years old and has not kept up with current technology, such as YouTube.
This week, 180 musicians, including Swift, sent a letter to Congress calling to reform the 1998 act to make sure artists’ are compensated for their work on YouTube.
Blackburn added this not only threatens songwriters, but also communities’ economies.
“Take my home area in Tennessee. A 2012 study shows that in Nashville itself, the music industry is a $5.5 billion asset to the economy. Looking at the entire Middle Tennessee region, it is $9.7 billion. This is a fundamental American principle – if you create something – then it belongs to you,” she said.
In a statement, YouTube claims it’s paid more than $3 billion to the music industry. It also said it is working through what it referred to as “details,” but did not elaborate on what that was.