On Tuesday (June 2nd), Don Henley appeared virtually before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee in an effort to push forward on what he believes are outdated copyright laws for songwriters and performers. Best Classic Bands reported that the Eagles co-founder told the committee that the online services that post musical content are done so at the expense of his “brothers and sisters in the creative community” and labeling the payment structure as being “a relic of a MySpace era in a TikTok world.”
Henley has been in the forefront in lobbying the U.S. government in adhering to and strengthening artists diminishing rights as technology changes and forces musicians to accept a smaller cut of the business' financial rewards. He is a founder of the Recording Artists Coalition, a watchdog group created to protect music artists' rights and interests. Neither he nor the Eagles allow any clips of them to be shared on YouTube, with fan shot footage of shows only staying up a day or two — or even — less before being pulled from the Internet.
In Henley's testimony to the Senate, he explained, “I want to change or improve outdated laws and regulations that have been abused for over 20 years by big tech. At age 73, I am in the final chapter of my career. But I come here out of a sense of duty and obligation to those artists and those creators who paved the road for me and my contemporaries and for those who will travel this road after us.”