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Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and U2 lead YouTube backlash: Stars sign petition claiming Google's site is a 'safe harbor' for stolen music

By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.Com

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kings of Leon are among the 160 artists and record labels that have signed a petition calling for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) - and hitting out at YouTube.

The petition, organized by music manager Irving Azoff, says YouTube provided a 'safe harbor' for copyright infringement under the current writing of the DMCA, which was enacted in 1998 before the advent of the video streaming service.

The petition says it 'has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone, while songwriters' and artists' earnings continue to diminish'...

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