Rachel’s Comment to the United States Copyright Office: How to Fix the DMCA Takedown “Whack-a-Mole” Scheme

Rachel’s Comment to the United States Copyright Office: How to Fix the DMCA Takedown “Whack-a-Mole” Scheme

I am an attorney who represents recording artists, songwriters, and producers of both film and music. One of my clients has won nine GRAMMY Awards and released over twenty-five albums over more than forty years. Another client is a musician who released several independently distributed albums; she is about to sign her first contract with a major record company. Other clients include a non-famous songwriter whose livelihood depends entirely on her ability to license the music that she writes. I also represent an independent filmmaker who spends his own money to create documentary films that tell compelling stories related to social injustice and race.  One thing that these creators have in common is that their livelihoods have been severely diminished by the impacts of online copyright infringement....

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