Paul Young argues against unauthorized music uploads

USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Paul Young recently penned an editorial for the Washington-based newspaper The Hill regarding the lack of fair pay for musicians whose copyrighted work is uploaded to digital streaming services such as YouTube.

In the piece, titled “Upstream without a payment,” Young argues that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) no longer serves its original purpose of fostering innovation in digital businesses. He further proposes a repeal of the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions and advises companies to be more aggressive about blocking unauthorized uploads of copyrighted work.

An accomplished musician, Young worked as director of Licensing and Contract Administration for Universal Music Group before joining USC Thornton.