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 xiaokj on Thu 30th Dec 2010 07:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You Called?"
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Unfortunately, the only reason to pay for something you already have is guilt.

Is appreciation not on the list? Is donation not on the list? If all you can think of is that, your world view is incredibly small.

My teacher, whom I agree with, once said that he does not mind paying for music. But he just cannot understand why he must pay the full album price only to get exactly one song's worth. That is the true depravity of the music industry -- that the standard way to extract money is to attach spam with the hits.

These days, I have decided to simply stop consuming _any_ non-studies related content, except for classical music. And I do attend classical music concerts. No TV, no bands, nothing.

Except if I get to try stuff for free. I do my part to support the notion of trials. Too much rubbish out there costs so much that it has become profitable to churn out rubbish to get paid. That is precisely why we get -- the demand is too great.

Similarly, stores that do not state their prices upfront on displays/in-store brochures do not even get considered. Pamphlet givers, on the other hand, if they even dare to bother me, can be prepared for absolute spite. I treat unsolicited spam really seriously, such that I tease my friends who work as pamphlet givers. I always wish them rain.

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