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[2]: You Called?
by Idiot on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:51 UTC in reply to "RE: You Called?"
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So you're not supporting blatant music piracy. That is a good sign. And you're not simply yelling in your private corner (meaning you vote for parties that support you).

But you have to realize that there really is nothing wrong going on here. They're not saying you have to pay for a license. They're simply saying you either have to pay for separate copies (at a substantially cheaper cost) or pay for a license.

What you've currently done is truncated what is seemingly so obvious to me into a short statement that says "Kindergartens have to pay licensing fee's, "sickening, politicians, POISON!!!" (A bit strawman but still :p)

To actually convince people that something wrong is going on, you have to take their side and then twist it to your own.

WHY are they going after small time sheet copying? Obviously because their income is at such a low state that they need to make every penny count. Why is their income so bad? Because music piracy is significantly impacting their business.

The only offer I've heard, as for music piracy HELPING corporations is the "try before you buy" argument. Unfortunately, the only reason to pay for something you already have is guilt.

I may have wandered a bit off track, but my point should be fairly clear. Why is it that the very "proofs" that people offer as for how these companies are "evil" can be so easily explained, while only counter to such explanations is "Money Grows on Trees" (the company is uber rich) and "Everyone Picking bills off the trees causes no harm" (Piracy is not an issue).

Really, I didn't come here for this... and while it may be fun to argue it, I'm not in the mood. I actually came for the "OSNews" and reading about Next. This absurdly loaded topic, however, had caught my eye... and being the person I am, drove me to comment on it.

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