Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/ Bloomberg
Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/ Bloomberg

Music Industry, Publishers Ask Trump to Protect Copyright

President-elect Donald Trump is hearing from the music and publishing industries about the importance of copyright protections to the national economy.

Nineteen music industry associations, in a joint letter to Trump released Tuesday, also took a swipe at the technology industry for engaging in a “massive ‘value grab’” from content producers. Tech companies — leaders of which met with Trump in New York yesterday — “can do better” to protect music creators, they said.

A publishing industry association, in a letter released today, reminded Trump that both he and his daughter, Ivanka, are published authors whose works, like others produced via traditional publishing, have significantly impacted national life. The letter called out China as a copyright threat, and also asked the incoming administration to change federal law to shift more of the copyright protection burden to online service providers.

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