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 TechGeek on Thu 30th Dec 2010 02:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You Called?"
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You really missed a lot of issues, but since they tend to be the ones against your version of reality, its not surprising. Did you ever hear of fair use? Specifically it allows copies to be made for educational purposes. That alone should cover everything that is done at the primary school level. They're kids learning music for god's sake. You would think the industry would at least support their own.

Second, performing music is not covered under copyright. At least not in the US. Germany may be different, but I doubt it. Its why we can have so many cover bands.

As for making a profit, the music industry is one of the most lucrative markets in the world. If they want more money, make more music. You won't find very many sympathetic people in this economy when it costs a damn fortune to go to a concert. Modern music is going to DRM itself into oblivion at this rate. No one will be learning it as a style because of all the royalty crap. Consider that more people listen to classical music than to music from the 30's, 40's, 50's. Don't you think there is a reason for this?

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RE[4]: You Called?
by tbutler on Thu 30th Dec 2010 03:06 in reply to "RE[3]: You Called?"
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Actually this is not true. Copyright law deals with performance of music and organizations or people that perform music "publicly" need to obtain performing rights, usually from ASCAP.

Churches often work through ASCAP or CCLI to get a license to perform music in worship, for example.

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RE[4]: You Called?
by TechGeek on Thu 30th Dec 2010 16:21 in reply to "RE[3]: You Called?"
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My bad. I was wrong about the copyright. Bands don't actually pay license fees because they are charged to the establishment. At least in the US anyway. But ASCAP is getting paid. Too bad they dont pass the revenue on to the artists.

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