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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You Called?
by Idiot on Wed 29th Dec 2010 23:40 UTC
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Okay lets see, lets see... words out of context... heated subject... yep, nothing new here.

They're just saying that if you want to copy sheet music you have to pay for the copies. I mean, it's not like I can go into a music store, pull out a camera and photograph the scores I want and then leave (oh wait, people actually do that).

Kindergartens aren't likely to be the main target here, school bands are notorious for buying (if even) a single copy of a musical score and then copying it for the entire class.

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.

So drawing back, either the students can buy their own music, or the schools have to pay licensing fees.

One question though, you claim you're doing "your part" here. What /is/ that part? I've heard people say that "music piracy" is their version of "sticking it to the man." Or are you writing letters to your congressman about how Intellectual Property is hurting society / the economy / something?

Edited 2010-12-29 23:43 UTC

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RE: You Called?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 29th Dec 2010 23:46 in reply to "You Called?"
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I'm doing my part by using OSNews as a platform to highlight the idiocy that is our current copyright system. Like I said - it's a small part, but getting the information out there is important. Since major TV networks, newspapers, magazines, and most large websites (Gizmodo, Engadget, and so on) are all *part* of big content, this subject doesn't generally get the attention it deserves.

Luckily, my own country has relatively decent laws (go after the people who profit big from piracy, but leave ordinary folk out of it), but I see the pressure exerted by the big content lobby. The current copyright system is stifling the arts and sciences, is hindering human development, and is destroying large bodies of culture. I do my part by using OSNews as a soapbox, and by voting for political parties who take this issue at heart.

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v RE[2]: You Called?
by Idiot on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:51 in reply to "RE: You Called?"
RE[2]: You Called?
by Karitku on Fri 31st Dec 2010 13:17 in reply to "RE: You Called?"
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You are so wrong when saying this is ruining culture, it's total opposite. Fact is that when people pay money for local content licensing agency that money actually goes for local culture, not mass (mostly American) culture. Actually biggest losers in music thing are big foreign artists whom music people want to listen, but since most fees are taken as static fees the payment often goes to local musician.

For example radio fees, they are mostly static fees. You pay certain amount and you can play certain amount whatever. In most cases majority, 90%, of that music is foreign, however majority of that money goes to local artists.

Fair? Hardly, so think that and ask why most local musicians (you know those guys that hardly make more money than we do) are supporting this system. Make they should go work like most of does, damn parasites.

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RE: You Called?
by vodoomoth on Thu 30th Dec 2010 19:44 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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