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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RE: Open Songs
by Idiot on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:05 UTC in reply to "Open Songs"
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I think you're actually talking about Franchising... though you do not know it yet.

While cultural songs are free, they don't have much meaning in modern society... and while various media outlets could emphasize them, that also causes dilution in their effectiveness.

"Franchised Songs", however, have a tangible hold in modern society. These are songs that people recognize and have a "mood" associated with them... eventually people will start to say "they always play so in so" and that dilutes the effectiveness of the song, thus leading to a search for a new song to inspire the same feelings.

You see... it's not that corporations ridicule the "free culture"... it's society itself. Teenagers insist on listening to the "new stuff" and claim their parents listen to "lame oldies."

What does this have to do with franchises? Using the teen example, Teens like some pop-star, they'd be more likely to enjoy something if that pop-star's song played in it, so companies pay to have that pop-stars music in their media.

Eventually that pop-star will lose fame and stuff that keeps using their songs will become "lame".

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