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Internet squarely the focus of disgruntled musical artists

Don't like being stolen from?

Neither does mega entertainer Katy Perry. Ditto singing superstar Christina Aguilera. Those musical titans and numerous other peers within their industry say that they've had enough of online pirating.

That pilfering, they noted recently in a letter they sent to the U.S. Copyright Office, does provide profits -- but not to them.

In fact, the gist of their letter complains that intellectual property infringers who make artists' works accessible online are amassing huge illegal profits at the expense of the creators. The royalties that property owners should be receiving, say Perry, Aguilera and others, are ending up in the hands of criminals, instead.

We mentioned a regulatory scheme established to protect artists and their creations in a recent blog post. Our March 15 entry noted that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was enacted "to protect copyrighted content online by providing Google and other search engines with a clear incentive to police and take action against infringing activity."

The above-cited letter pays lip service to the DMCA. In fact, the correspondence directly targets the legislation, stating essentially that it is without teeth these days, given the vastly changed Internet that now exists as compared with what Congress was dealing with a generation ago.

Change it, the artists urge. Make it harder for sites that host content and allow for its use by consumers to profit at the expense of creators.

Without imminent and material adjustment, the letter's authors contend, "The next generation of creators may be silenced."

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