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]: Open Songs
by mikemikemike on Thu 30th Dec 2010 02:00 UTC in reply to "RE: 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.

Interesting. I'll have to give that some thought.

One question, then, is how a song comes to be recognizable. Even with free outlets like You Tube, or the many music blogs, media is still largely controlled by business. A song gets advanced to recognizability because for-profit corporations still control the distribution systems that matter.

I do know a guy who was a footsoldier for a big music company in LA. His job was to seek out those bands that have already reached some level of indie credibility but who have a commercial sound and get them into the big-music system. People like him are the gatekeepers of fame in a real sense.

And that's fine. I like some bands, and I'm happy to buy their music to keep them in business. And people like my friend did the hard work of going to thousands of small shows here in LA, looking for music that doesn't suck, so he deserves to get paid.

I just get concerned about how all the world's top 40 charts are identical.

But, going back to the incident that upset the OP, Thom, if the kindergarten doesn't want to pay fees, they shouldn't sing copyrighted songs. They should sing traditional ones. That would actually more stabilizing for the culture anyway.

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