Steven Tyler has written an op-ed for the Huffington Post about copyright law. This follows the Aerosmith singer’s much-publicized request to Donald Trump to stop using “Dream On” at his rallies, regarding which Tyler says, “My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators.”
He explains, “Everyone deserves to be able to pay their bills, support their families, and do the work they love. Too many can’t because we are being shortchanged by new and old technology companies.”
“Seventy-five percent of songwriters’ income in the U.S. is regulated by the government?” he writes. “Too much government intervention in art and music is a bad thing … We need change.”
Tyler is a founding member of the Grammy organization’s Creators’ Alliance, and he wrote that he and more than 1,650 musicians intend to visit their local members of Congress in an effort to ask them to revise the laws.
Tyler revealed that he also visited the Capitol and met with “a lot of important Congress members,” specifically naming Virginia congressman Bob Goodlatte, in order to speak up about copyright law. “Many of these Congress people I spoke to were shocked to learn that this really bothered musicians and songwriters and some even changed their views, all because we made the effort to let them know how we feel,” he writes.
“We know you love our music,” Tyler says in closing. “Now is the time to show us some love by supporting the effort to reform outdated copyright laws, do away with government standard for artist compensation, and make sure creators are paid fairly when other business use our work.”