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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It's time to do something about this.
by bhtooefr on Thu 30th Dec 2010 18:06 UTC
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Copyright is designed to encourage contribution to our culture.

This is big companies trying to subvert culture for profit.

I think it's time we stop this.

I'd like to see an organized protest against RIAA-signed performers concerts. The bigger the names, the better. If local independent artists are involved in the protest, even better.

Record releases, too. Whenever a major RIAA record comes out, picket stores that sell it.

Do everything possible to deny the RIAA access to our culture. Avoid listening to RIAA music. Don't talk about it, positively or negatively - don't even acknowledge the existence of individual songs. Definitely don't pirate it.

Unfortunately, not much that wouldn't be illegal that can be done online, but...

Anyone in?

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