Musicians including Katy Perry and Billy Joel sent a petition earlier this year to the US Copyright Office to amend the US Copyright Act.
Music labels like BMI, Sony Music and Universal Music Group have also endorsed the letter, which will be featured in ads on political websites like Politico and The Hill.
While the letter s wording focuses on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the industry has one big platform in mind, namely YouTube as made clear in Recode s interview with manager Irving Azoff who organized the letter .
YouTube, in contrast, to the tools it has introduced to help the industry find unlicensed content and points to the $3 billion it has paid out.
Here s the full text of the letter:
DEAR CONGRESS: THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT DMCA IS BROKEN AND NO LONGER WORKS FOR CREATORS
As songwriters and artists who are a vital contributing force to the U.S. and to American exports around the world, we are writing to express our concern about the ability of the next generation of creators to earn a living.
The existing laws threaten the continued viability of songwriters and recording artists to survive from the creation of music.