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[3]: You Called?
by elsewhere on Thu 30th Dec 2010 08:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You Called?"
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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.

Here we go again. The recording industry hasn't been able to produce a credible study directly linking piracy to a decline in sales, yet numerous studies have shown that music "pirates" are more likely to purchase online than non-"pirates".

While there is no doubt piracy can have a detrimental impact on sales, the degree of that impact is questionable. The industry's entire argument is based on the assumption that people downloading tracks would otherwise have paid for them, which is, frankly, bollocks.

Napster should have been a wake-up call to the music industry, in that it showed how effective the internet was at distributing music without the expense of punching and packaging CDs and shipping them all over the place. They've had a decade to figure out how to adapt their business model, yet they chose to fight it tooth-and-nail to maintain their existing model, and try and force the internet to conform.

Having said that, I don't condone piracy. I can't and won't rationalize unauthorized distribution of protected works. Anymore, anyways. I will admit that I was a casual Napster user back in the day, and I simply rationalized it at the time as being payback for years of being forced to pay $20 for a CD full of mostly crappy music with one or two tracks I wanted. Plus Napster was brilliant for finding music you couldn't buy, such as concert bootlegs or international tracks unavailable domestically. None of that is justification, of course, but I think most Napster users were oblivious of the IP issues and simply enamoured with this new method of obtaining music.

More aggravating to me is the fact that this argument is somehow portrayed as "robbing" the artists of their due, when the reality is the labels themselves have fashioned contracts with the artists that so rob them of revenue that there is nothing left for the "pirates" to steal. The artists were plundered long before Napster and the internet came along. The irony is that "free" music benefits the artists more, since they often rely on concert and t-shirt/poster/etc. sales for money, so having their music widely accessible is a benefit.

If the recording industry is losing money, then piracy is a symptom and not the disease. And while I won't argue the legality of whether kindergarten classes should have to comply with copyright requirements, it just seems like desperation at this point. If they've reached this point for survival, they have have no one to blame but themselves.

/end rant

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