Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Dec 2010 22:45 UTC
Multimedia, AV "A tightening of copyright rules means kindergartens now have to pay fees to Germany's music licensing agency, GEMA, to use songs that they reproduce and perform. The organization has begun notifying creches and other daycare facilities that if they reproduce music to be sung or performed, they must pay for a license. 'If a preschool wants to make its own copy of certain music - if the words of a song or the musical score is copied - then they need to buy a license,' GEMA spokesperson Peter Hempel told Deutsche Welle." Honestly. I wonder how those pro-RIAA/MPAA folk we have on OSNews feel about this. This is EXACTLY why I try to do my part (a small part, but still) in fighting big content. I wonder how much has to happen for our politicians to open their eyes, and see current copyright law for what it really is: pure venom. Poison of the most dangerous kind, which is destroying our very culture, which is stifling art and science. News like this SICKENS me. How anyone can defend something like this is beyond me.
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by mikemikemike on Wed 29th Dec 2010 23:30 UTC
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I've been thinking about the conflict between corporate control of media and historical culture. Part of the economy of my town, Los Angeles, is based on selling copyrighted media to the world. But since copyrights expire, there is a recurring need to continually ridicule old, free culture and replace it with new, copyrighted culture.

It is interesting how it plays out. In school we learn a corpus of literature that has a progression: ancient (Homer) to English (Beowulf, Shakespeare, Austen) to American (Twain, Hemmingway). We're taught to see it in a context.

But in music or dance, in the public school system, there is no default instruction, no corpus, and no context. Unless your parents pay for private tuition, you just gather what you will from your parents, friends, internet, radio, and TV.

California does have an extinct historical culture of sorts: native American songs and dances, the songs and dances of pre-1850 Spanish California, the folk music and traditions that all the immigrants brought with them. And none of this music or dance gets played on the commercial, English language radio or TV. What miniscule historical music available lives in state-funded radio of classical music.

I realize that folklore culture may not be too relevant or interesting to modern Californians. I can see why it would have a limited presence. But the fact that it has *no* presence indicates (to me) that it is supressed.

It's funny. Literature publicly builds on older literature and acknowledges older literature. But the pop culture industry is always telling us that its current product something completely new and that the older product is obsolete.

Sorry this is a bit rambling. I'm still trying to form an understanding of the issue.

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