The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed many weaknesses in our social safety net and labor laws. The predicament of musical artists — the original gig workers — is particularly poignant. With live performance shut down, the vast majority of the music sector has lost the economic means for basic survival. Most, if not all, of the income forfeited is never coming back. Not long ago, many musicians, DJs, and sound performers could have made it through this period by relying on the sales of recorded music. Today, online corporations, YouTube above all, have distorted that market by enabling near-limitless unauthorized distribution of recordings without the artists’ consent or compensation, while Google and Facebook profit from linking to such content.