We wrote about lobbying body The Internet Association’s letter to US president-elect Donald Trump outlining its priorities for his incoming administration. Now the National Music Publishers Association has sent its own letter, which – you may wish to sit down for this shock – has some different opinions. “Giant technology companies have had a stronghold in Washington under the Obama Administration,” wrote NMPA boss David Israelite. “Google, which owns the largest music streaming company in the world – YouTube – enjoyed a well-documented, close relationship with the White House, in particular. “Relationships like these led to an unfair and often hostile stance towards the creative community whose work has been systematically devalued by the very technology companies who rely on its product.” Among the NMPA’s policy hopes: an end to “overregulation” of the publishing market; modernising the DMCA legislation and drive “more robust cooperation” from ISPs to tackle piracy. It’s no surprise that both tech and music lobbyists hope Trump’s administration sways their way, although our reading of the current situation is that the music rightsholders are more hopeful and the tech companies more worried about the signals so far.

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