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by Mike Masnick

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copyright, germany, kindergarten, music


GEMA Music Collection Society No Longer Will Let Kindergartens Get Away With Teaching Music For Free

from the ownership-society dept

We've discussed a few times how the German music collection society GEMA often appears to be one of the worst of the worst when it comes to copyright maximalism. Its latest move is particularly egregious. While it used to allow pre-schools/kindergartens to hand out sheets with music to the children for singing for free, its policy recently changed, so that the schools now need to pay up (found via Slashdot). In the last few weeks, GEMA started sending out notices to these facilities, warning them to either pay up or no longer hand out sheets with music on it to students. This seems reminiscent of ASCAP demanding that Girl Scouts pay up for singing songs around the campfire. These collection societies have really gotten desperate lately, and now they're trying to shake down kindergarten students for cash. How nice of them.

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 30 Dec 2010 @ 10:36am

    Re: Re: Pirates?!

    "If you're going to troll--at least try to stay on topic."

    He WAS, stupid. The simple fact of the matter is that German kindergartens are absolutely RIFE with pirates. I don't mean infringers, I mean actual pirates. A friend of mine has a child over in Germany and he was absolutely livid about how their music class kept getting interupted by guys named Redbeard, Smitty, and some weirdo named Guybrush Threepwood. They would barge into the class, rip the music sheets out of "zee leetle cheeldren's" hands and then launched into song.

    It was all a huge problem, until they figured out how to end it: American freedom. Like a cross to a vampire, German elementary teacher Klaus Goodburger found that waving Ol' Glory in front of the class made the pirates hiss like a gas leak and hide their faces. One simple rendition of "America The Beautiful", complete w/hip hop backbeats and fully-licensed samples of course, sends the singing pirate troupe scurrying from the class.

    They caught the Guybrush Threepwood guy and tried to punish him with the death penalty by drowning. Turns out that guy can hold his breath for ten whole minutes!

    In any case, I just wanted you to know you're wrong, and that guy was perfectly on topic....

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