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: "Happy Birthday" pirates
by elsewhere on Thu 30th Dec 2010 08:11 UTC in reply to ""Happy Birthday" pirates"
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Now I realize that each one of us who attended the party are liable for a minimum US$150,000 in fines for copyright infringement. That's money we don't have, so imprisonment is called for.

You're being a little dramatic. Seriously, if you contacted the RIAA, they would likely let you off the hook for a one-time group payment of $150,000, instead of everyone paying individually. They're pretty reasonable that way.

Besides, you're of no value to them if you're in jail.

; )

Edited 2010-12-30 08:12 UTC

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