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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Culture is dead
by vtolkov on Thu 30th Dec 2010 06:11 UTC
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Surely this destroy culture as culture is based on non-monetary values. If we declare absolute domination of monetary relationship in all areas, in a process of globalisation, we do not have a place for culture, considering it as an area of human habitat, but only have it as a set of atomic "samples" of different kind. We need to fight to be able to keep small islands of freedom to sing, share or cite, in the reservations of "fair use", in a privacy of home, under the blanket.

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