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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by Hiev on Wed 29th Dec 2010 23:47 UTC
Hiev
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2005-09-27

A simple question, How are GEMA and RIIA related?

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by libray on Thu 30th Dec 2010 19:48 in reply to "..."
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

They are not. It is a smokescreen to hide the fact that it is a European entity which are cast in a better light than their US counterparts. The RIAA is not even on par with what GEMA does which has a share in all creative royalties. Also, GEMA has ties with the German patent office.

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