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 Idiot on Wed 29th Dec 2010 23:40 UTC
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Okay lets see, lets see... words out of context... heated subject... yep, nothing new here.

They're just saying that if you want to copy sheet music you have to pay for the copies. I mean, it's not like I can go into a music store, pull out a camera and photograph the scores I want and then leave (oh wait, people actually do that).

Kindergartens aren't likely to be the main target here, school bands are notorious for buying (if even) a single copy of a musical score and then copying it for the entire class.

The "crime" is obvious in that each student should buy her or his own music... and it's not really that expensive to do so.

So drawing back, either the students can buy their own music, or the schools have to pay licensing fees.

One question though, you claim you're doing "your part" here. What /is/ that part? I've heard people say that "music piracy" is their version of "sticking it to the man." Or are you writing letters to your congressman about how Intellectual Property is hurting society / the economy / something?

Edited 2010-12-29 23:43 UTC

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