The bone of contention remains that Twitter, and tech goliaths like YouTube and Facebook, don’t want to be held responsible for user content, insisting they’re not media sites but user platforms. That disagreement was addressed in the recently passed EU Copyright Directive’s Article 13, which decrees the sites must begin to police themselves, and will be held liable for any copyright infringements. The U.S. Music Modernization Act doesn’t go quite so far, but Lisa Alter comments that the establishment of a Music Licensing Collective is a step in the right direction.
Esteemed music and copyright lawyer Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, key contributor to the Music Modernization Act and former general counsel of the Copyright Office, has joined our firm. In addition to legislative and policy work, Jacqueline will be handling litigation and transactional matters at AKB.