The demotion and subsequent resignation of US Copyright Office boss Maria Pallante continues to spark debate, including anger from the creative community. Eagles star Don Henley has joined the row with comments made to the Los Angeles Times. “She was a champion of copyright and stood up for the creative community, which is one of the things that got her fired,” he said, criticising the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for removing Pallante from her role. “The librarian wants free content, and the copyright office is there to protect creators of content. They are diametrically opposed ideologies,” said Henley, who went on to accuse Hayden of having “a long track record of being an activist librarian who is anti-copyright and a librarian who worked at places funded by Google… There’s a mind-set that the digital giants have fostered that everything on the Internet should be free. When they say they want free and open access, that’s code for ‘We want free content.’” For its part Google has denied having any role in the affair, but musicians and the industry continue to question that claim.

EarPods and phone

Tools: platforms to help you reach new audiences

Tools: Kaiber

In the year or so since its launch, AI startup Kaiber has been making waves,…

Read all Tools >>

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *