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: You Called?
by vodoomoth on Thu 30th Dec 2010 19:44 UTC in reply to "You Called?"
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The "crime" is obvious in that each student should buy her or his own music... and it's not really that expensive to do so.

You obviously don't buy music sheets. Trust me, they are expensive. All the more when it's not published and available in your country. Even sheets for music that's now in the public domain is expensive.

I don't see schools buying each child in the choir a sheet of Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring... these music majors and publishers should realize that milking the cow has a limit.

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