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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Don't worry, be happy
by vodoomoth on Thu 30th Dec 2010 19:53 UTC
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This is the second time in two days that I write this to Thom. It's not like it's a mantra of mine or something.

This story of making kindergartens pay for music "reproduction" has already happened in France months ago and I've told that story in one of my comments here months ago too (but long after the facts).

The story made it into the evening news, people were shocked that a song sung by children in a school fair caused the school to receive a letter asking for some fees. To me, this appeared as "legal extortion". In the end, the artist who's song had been sung paid the fees for the school. To push things to an extreme, you can no longer sing a song around a bonfire in a beach or while camping out without being a delinquent.

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RE: Don't worry, be happy
by libray on Thu 30th Dec 2010 20:47 in reply to "Don't worry, be happy"
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This is all very European and all. But are there any details that can be seen on this case?

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