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Youtube copyright laws: Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, more petition European leaders

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A little over a week after several major musical artists signed an open letter to the U.S. Congress requesting changes to how YouTube compensates musicians, more than one thousand big names in the industry are similarly petitioning in Europe.

The letter, which was first reported by the Financial Times, asks European leaders to more strictly enforce copyright laws for user-uploaded music streaming sites like YouTube, accusing them of “unfairly siphoning value away from the music community.” Signatories include Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera, Calvin Harris, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Steven Tyler, the 1975, David Guetta, deadmau5, and many more. It’s addressed to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“This is a pivotal moment for music,” the letter reads, per Billboard. “Consumption is exploding. Fans are listening to more music than ever before. Consumers have unprecedented opportunities to access the music they love, whenever and wherever they want to do so. But the future is jeopardised by a substantial ‘value gap’ caused by user upload services such as Google’s YouTube that are unfairly siphoning value away from the music community and its artists and songwriters”.

New public controversy surrounding music compensation on YouTube have been swirling for weeks, when Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor called out the site as being “disingenuous,” but it’s a contention that’s been going on much long than just recently.