Why Sita Sings The Blues Is Perfectly Legal In Germany, But You Still Can't Watch It On YouTube

from the hello,-gema dept

Nina Paley, who regularly writes for Techdirt (as well as plenty of other publications) passed along this video she put up about how her movie, Sita Sings the Blues is blocked by YouTube in Germany, thanks to GEMA, the music collection society in Germany.
Since I know a little bit about the ongoing fight between GEMA and YouTube in Germany, I asked Nina if it was okay to do a post, discussing some of the details. We've written about GEMA a few times before, and last year, I went to Berlin and interviewed YouTube's Patrick Walker on stage at PopKomm/All2gethernow, specifically discussing YouTube's ongoing fight with GEMA. The details are a little different than what Nina suggests in the video, though she's absolutely correct that this is very much GEMA's fault. Even though Nina has a paid-in-full license with the various music companies that say displaying/performing her movie for free in Germany is entirely legal, GEMA has taken a ridiculous hardline stance with regards to YouTube. It believes that YouTube needs to pay it ridiculous sums of money for every video on the site that includes any GEMA-licensed music.

Other collection societies around the world have made agreements with YouTube, and worked out reasonable royalty rates for performances. Except GEMA. If I remember correctly, GEMA may be the only major remaining collection society which has not worked out a royalty rate with YouTube, and instead has been fighting a battle in German courts against YouTube. Because of that, and because of some clearly ridiculous court rulings, which suggest that YouTube (rather than its users) are liable for any infringement on the site, YouTube is blocking all videos that it comes across that include GEMA music.

Thus, I believe that the reason Sita Sings the Blues has been taken down is not, as Nina suggests, because of a direct takedown notice by GEMA (though, that's possible), but more likely because of YouTube needing to avoid liability from crazy German court rulings and GEMA's overinflated belief in what a "reasonable" royalty rate would be. Now, notice the key part here: the artist in this case wants the video to be online. Nina is pissed off that it's offline. She's paid quite a bit of money to the various music publishing entities to have the rights to show the movie worldwide, and the one blocking that is GEMA.

This is not an uncommon occurrence in Germany, unfortunately. Because of the way the laws work in Germany, those who have deals with GEMA effectively give up all of their own rights on such things. When I was in Germany, I spoke with multiple artists who were freaking out because they couldn't give away their own music, because GEMA didn't allow it. Aritst would show me their official webpage, without free music, and then their "secret, unofficial" web page with the music they wanted people to download. GEMA, which seems to be run by people entirely out of touch with how music works today, simply insists that no one can give away music for free... because then GEMA doesn't get to collect money. Furthermore, for those who try to get around GEMA and used alternative licenses, GEMA has been known to ignore such licenses, and insist that people still need to abide by GEMA's rules.

This is not a healthy situation. You basically have an out of touch bureaucracy that thinks it gets to set all the rules, even if they don't match the reality in the marketplace. Because of that, artists are suffering. And the fact that YouTube is blocking Sita..., despite it being fully licensed and perfectly legal in Germany, should really wake some people up to the fact that GEMA is not helping artists at all. It's stifling them massively.


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    DannyB (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:30am

    So why is GEMA behaving differently than other German collection societies?

     

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      The eejit (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:33am

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      Other collection socites, period. Which is saying something.

       

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      Ninja (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:56am

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      Lemme get it straight, they IGNORE other licensing systems? So basically if it's a German artists GEMA believes ii OWNS the artist.

      Wow. I'm speechless. And to answer DannyB, must be because they are NAZI? Offense intended.

      Yet another (out of several) example why copyright needs deep reform everywhere to actually protect the artists and allow non-commercial sharing.

       

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      Dark Helmet (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:12pm

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      "So why is GEMA behaving differently than other German collection societies?"

      My understanding is that German society, or a part of it, is currently downtrodden in the arts department. They're having trouble understanding why. They used to have a glorious creative industry, but they believe the creative industry around the world is being unfairly controlled by justice evading white-people. These J.E.W.s, so the theory goes, have controlled the marketplace in creative works such that the German people specifically are being prejudized against.

      Now, GEMA is working to reconstruct German creative industry through a stepped process, called the Reconstructing Enduring and Interesting Creativity in the Hinterland. Through this REICH, GEMA will first directly control all inbound culture that in anyway might utilize German culture for the enrichment of outside J.E.W.s. Once this has been controlled, any invading J.E.W.s found within Germany will be expelled. Those refusing to leave will be rounded up, placed onto trains, and shipped off to Artistic Reeducation Camps. It has yet been unclear what exactly they will be doing in that camp.

      Italian collection societies are reportedly interested in this program. French musicians surrendered prematurely six months ago.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:37am

    I am even less impressed with Nina now. Rather than whining, why not get on with trying to fix it?

     

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      HothMonster, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:43am

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      shy of whining or paying GEMA a ridiculous amount of money on googles behalf im not sure what you expect here todo

       

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      Nicedoggy, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:46am

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      Well after you fix your brain, instead of keep whining about what Ms. Paley should do.

       

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:46am

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      I am even less impressed with Nina now. Rather than whining, why not get on with trying to fix it?


      Fix what, exactly? Is Nina supposed to go convince GEMA to stop being stupid?

       

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        out_of_the_blue, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:35pm

        Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

        "Fix what, exactly?"

        The problem that you just outlined. Didn't you explain it fully and accurately? Or is this your usual aggressive challenge to dodge answering reasonable suggestions?

        "Is Nina supposed to go convince GEMA to stop being stupid?"

        No, figure out how to get around it. One of the recurrent themes here is the notion that when blocked by bureaucracy or pesky laws, the valiant hackers of "teh internets" will find a way to dodge, only better. Seems to me that your sharp retort only points up how difficult problems are in practice.

        Of course, what you need is a "free" distribution system. I've no suggestions on that, but will point out that somehow the marginal cost to distribute this movie isn't zero unless someone other than Nina Paley pays for bandwidth.

         

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          Dark Helmet (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:42pm

          Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

          "No, figure out how to get around it. One of the recurrent themes here is the notion that when blocked by bureaucracy or pesky laws, the valiant hackers of "teh internets" will find a way to dodge, only better."

          Did you watch Nina's video? She's already solved that part, offering Sita up on various bittorrent sites for the world to download. None of that makes the stupidity of removing it from YouTube for those that wish to enjoy it that way....

          "Seems to me that your sharp retort only points up how difficult problems are in practice."

          Seems to me you don't know what you're talking about, which will go on the list of The Least Shocking Things Of 2011. Germans can get it via bittorrent. The issue is that they shouldn't HAVE to go that route, because this GEMA shit is stupid, since Nina already licensed the music for the movie.

          "Of course, what you need is a "free" distribution system."

          Yes, if only we had such a mechanism....

          "I've no suggestions on that"

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!

          "but will point out that somehow the marginal cost to distribute this movie isn't zero unless someone other than Nina Paley pays for bandwidth."

          And that's why this YouTube crap is stupid, because the cost to Nina to distribute via YouTube WOULD be zero as a marginal cost, but GEMA, supposedly an organization designed to protect artists, is mucking up the works.

          On a side note, Blue, have you used massive amounts of cocaine in the past? Your paranoid wramblings and quixotic quests of anger remind me of a strung out Charlie Sheen....

           

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            HothMonster, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:59pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

            I like OOTB

            he is like Daryl, but with paragraphs

             

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            out_of_the_blue, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:07pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

            So you're saying it's already been gotten around. Just as I thought. So there IS no problem. That's my point. Thanks for confirming that this is just filler.

             

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              Dark Helmet (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:13pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

              "So you're saying it's already been gotten around. Just as I thought. So there IS no problem. That's my point. Thanks for confirming that this is just filler."

              Now, there is a problem. German people should not be forced to go to legal route B just because legal route A is being blocked unfairly. Think of it this way: You want ice cream. There's a corner store down the block, but every time you try to enter that store I punch you in the face. You complain, but someone else tells you it's okay because there's a grocery store with the same ice cream 3 miles away.

              Would you not have a problem w/that?

              You're my boy, Blue....

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:54pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

                Wouldn't a more accurate analogy be that the other ice cream shop is right next door? What's with the 3 miles away?

                 

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                  Dark Helmet (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 2:13pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

                  "Wouldn't a more accurate analogy be that the other ice cream shop is right next door? What's with the 3 miles away?"

                  Instant streaming vs. download, wait, and watch.

                  In any case, if we're arguing over the miles in the analogy, I fear we've missed the point....

                   

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                    Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 7:12pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

                    Actually, the ice cream maker has already said it is OK for you to eat this particular ice cream. Fortunately the Icecream SchutzStaffel has intervened and is ensuring you only eat ice cream of sufficient purity as judged by the State for your own protection....

                     

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                HothMonster, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 2:22pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

                you forgot that he already paid you a ice cream license too, and that the only reason you keep punching him is because the store wont pay a license to allow him to eat there

                 

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          Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:42pm

          Re: Re: Re: "Fix what, exactly?"

          Because extortion should be bowed down to amirite?

           

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      Alien Bard, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:05pm

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      The usual method of fixing a bureaucratic problem is 1) to inform as many people as possible in the hopes of educating the policy makers sufficiently for them to understand the problem, and 2) to inform as many people as possible so the policy makers will be encouraged to take the matter seriously and begin repairing it. The above post is an excellent example of 'fixing' it.

      The only other way to fix a broken government is to replace it. Are you encouraging her to incite a revolution? That's a serious crime in most nations, though not unexpected logic coming from a troll.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:28pm

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        Informing all of the people outside of Germany will do nothing. It's a fail. Getting a bunch of people on a blog (targetting the US, as Mike Masnick has recently said) upset about something happening in Germany sure isn't going to do much.

        Getting on with German authorities, German newspapers, German press, things like that might have a hope. Otherwise, the yelling about it (or making a video about it) is sort of meaningless.

        As for inciting a revolution, all I can say is she isn't inciting much of anything except perhaps a few snickers at this point. It seems the motto is "ready, fire, aim".

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:48pm

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          "she isn't inciting much of anything except perhaps a few snickers at this point."

          well, i know i ain't laughin..... and i know i ain't the only one, her boldness gives this bitter freetard some hope in a world of ever diminishing freedoms

           

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          Marcus Carab (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:49pm

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          Otherwise, the yelling about it (or making a video about it) is sort of meaningless.

          Yeah, nothing has EVER gained traction because someone made a YouTube video of it...

           

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          Mike Masnick (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:51pm

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          Informing all of the people outside of Germany will do nothing.

          Exactly. Because by putting a video online no one in Germany will ever see it. And no one outside of Germany might be able to do something in Germany to help the situation.

          It's a fail. Getting a bunch of people on a blog (targetting the US, as Mike Masnick has recently said) upset about something happening in Germany sure isn't going to do much.

          Yeah, because the video can and does only appear on this blog.

          Getting on with German authorities, German newspapers, German press, things like that might have a hope. Otherwise, the yelling about it (or making a video about it) is sort of meaningless.

          And how do you think those German folks find out about it? How about a video that's getting lots of attention?

          Nah, impossible.

           

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            Mr. Oizo, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:14pm

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            ''Exactly. Because by putting a video online no one in Germany will ever see it. And no one outside of Germany might be able to do something in Germany to help the situation.''

            Now that you mentioned that, I suddenly realized that it doesn't matter. 90% of the germs do not understand english anyway. So, assuming that Nina's stuff is in English, she won't have an audience at all, even if it were accesible on youtube in Germany.

             

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              Marcus Carab (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:20pm

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              Really? You think it's only 90%? Well that would leave a market of over 8-million english speakers, so it seems worth pursuing.

               

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              Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:28pm

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              when i traveled to germany back in '07(beautiful place btw) I met a total of 1 person who didn't speak english, out of quite possible 100s I interacted with during my month there

               

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                ltlw0lf (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 3:28pm

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                when i traveled to germany back in '07(beautiful place btw) I met a total of 1 person who didn't speak english

                I had a similar experience (though my experience was mainly in the Frankfurt/Mainz area.) Even those that didn't speak English knew enough English to point me to someone who did speak fluent English. I don't think Mr. Oizo has ever been to Germany or Europe for that matter...my general observation in Europe is that most people I met there knew at least two languages, and many of them knew enough to be conversational with me, even if it was very basic. Germany isn't that far away from England.

                 

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              HothMonster, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:30pm

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              56% of germans speak english according to wiki, so thats a mere 46 million people

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population

               

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                Mr. Oizo, Jul 16th, 2011 @ 12:24am

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                Yes, I went to that site and it starts with 'It may contain original research or unverifiable claims. Tagged since May 2011.'. Which apparently is true: in the 'Germany' row, one sees that both native and non-native speakers are included in these statistics. I was talking about Germans, not immigrants. For the 'native' speaking group, the article claims it comes from the 'Statistisches Bundesamt', and then they refer to a site, titled 'http://www.howtogermany.com/pages/advertising.html', which has _no info whatsoever_ on the statistics and is merely advertisment for a book. So, I went to the 'Statistisches Bundesamt' (http://www.destatis.de/), but couldn't find anything on these so called statistics. MAybe you can find them ? But in any case, you shouldn't blindly trust wikipedia.

                As to my claim: I stand behind it, allthough there is a difference between young and old people. Young people know that they should learn English and want to, but have little access to it. Elderly look at english as something they might consider, but still believe there is nothing wrong with a german-only education. In general they are so bad at it that one can truly say that they don't speak English.

                Just for illustration: even Stargate and Startrek (which is likely the market where most English is understood), is dubbed in German. Actually, television/radio is german only, everything is dubbed.

                What does tell you that about the market ?

                PS: I live in Germany.

                 

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                  illuminaut, Jul 17th, 2011 @ 9:12pm

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                  Just for illustration: even Stargate and Startrek (which is likely the market where most English is understood), is dubbed in German. Actually, television/radio is german only, everything is dubbed.

                  What does tell you that about the market ?


                  It tells me that they dub really well. All this says about the market is that Germans prefer communicating and consuming information in their native language, not that they don't understand anything else.

                  P.S.: I am German.
                  P.P.S.: I'm almost offended.

                   

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              JMT (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 5:22pm

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              "90% of the germs do not understand english anyway.
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              Comments like this just reinforce the common opinion that most Americans are ignorant of the world outside their country.

               

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              PaulT (profile), Jul 15th, 2011 @ 1:11am

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              "90% of the germs do not understand english anyway."

              Would it kill you to get to know countries before you criticise them? I've met Germans with a higher standard of English than some Americans I've spoken to, I believe that it's mandatory at many school and according to Wikipedia 56% of the population speak English ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population )

              "she won't have an audience at all"

              I'll assume this is as accurate as your other assertions, and congratulate Nina on her new audience.

               

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          ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:29pm

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          As for inciting a revolution, all I can say is she isn't inciting much of anything except perhaps a few snickers at this point. It seems the motto is "ready, fire, aim".

          Given the digital nature of the 'problem,' that's a fair assessment.

          You're just not realizing how effective that is.

           

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          RadialSkid (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 2:41pm

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          It's a fail.

          Online discussions never look sillier than when one of the posters attempts to utilize internet slang in the middle of an otherwise serious post.

           

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          Jeremy7600 (profile), Jul 15th, 2011 @ 11:04am

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          Oh look, they picked up on it at Der Spiegel!

          http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,774616,00.html

          What were you saying, again?

           

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            Mr. Oizo, Jul 16th, 2011 @ 1:03am

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            Since 'Der Spiegel' seems to move things through rather quickly. Your link currently points to 'Google+ schmeißt Nutzer wegen Pseudonym raus'. If interested you should search for 'Die Welt minus Deutschland'

             

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    btr1701 (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:50am

    Unbelievable...

    ...that it's virtually impossible for an artist to control their own work because these copyright whores think they have some kind of natural right to profit off all music in existence.

    And they have the stones to claim they're doing it all to protect the artist', all the while ignoring the artists' wishes and screwing them out of payment (if not stealing it outright).

    (Interesting that the typical shills around here have been conspicuously silent on that point, isn't it?)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:51am

    Best part...

    Is this article about it: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/publishing/gema-under-fire-for-royalties-dispute-with-100525 0002.story

    The following quote is priceless:
    "I suspect that some members of GEMA's supervisory board have not yet arrived in the digital era," said Edgar Berger, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA


    When you have Sony pointing out how much you misunderstand the internet, you *know* something is wrong.

    It's like being called a luddite by the Amish.

     

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      Ninja (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:01pm

      Re: Best part...

      LOL! Sony telling GEMA has no clue about the digital era? Sony?!! And on top of that an incredibly sane comment from Sony regarding copyrights?! Unexpected.

      That's GEMA hitting the bottom of the well.

       

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    deane (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:05pm

    looks like german people need to find what drugs GEMA is smoking and destroy them. or maybe its time for ALL the authors to sue GEMA out of existence, or maybe take it over in a hostile buyout of GEMA stock!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:29pm

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      more likely the GEMA folks are the ones not using drugs considering the amount of people I smoked a bowl with in germany

       

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    Semi Anonymous, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:21pm

    GEMA

    There should be a place for a "N" letter somewhere in GEMA.
    N for Entertainment Nazis

     

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    Chris Maresca (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:23pm

    Sue in US courts?

    If this is happening globally and the artist in question is based in the US, why not sue GEMA in a US court for loss of incoming + damages (or whatever is the appropriate thing for preventing you from exercising your rights)?

    If you win, you could have any GEMA exec detained if they come to the US, might wake them up...

    Chris.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 12:29pm

      Re: Sue in US courts?

      There is no income on a free movie, so no loss. If Nina shows income, it might actually break the license.

       

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        DogBreath, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 1:35pm

        Re: Re: Sue in US courts?

        I'm certain she could sue GEMA for "One Million Dollars", and by using standard MPAA/RIAA accounting practices, show a total and complete loss after the trial was won (legal costs, overhead, roadies, misc...) and thereby not break any license.

         

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      Nina Paley (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 3:40pm

      Re: Sue in US courts?

      I never intend to sue anyone for anything, ever, if I can help it. And I'm having trouble imaging a circumstance where I wouldn't be able to help it.

      Lawsuits don't solve problems, they perpetuate them.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 9:56pm

        Re: Re: Sue in US courts?

        Especially if you are likely to be on the losing end, right?

         

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          The eejit (profile), Jul 15th, 2011 @ 1:20am

          Re: Re: Re: Sue in US courts?

          Wow, you must be a stalker. I mean, you only pop up when it's about Nina. IU suspect that you were let out early for misidentification.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Jul 15th, 2011 @ 7:32am

          Re: Re: Re: Sue in US courts?

          Losing end for deciding what to do with her own movie she holds all rights to? Yeah, right.

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 2:53pm

    That picture...it's a drag queen, right?

     

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    mematematica (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 3:09pm

    GEMA on Twitter

    Just to add to the conversation, here I post the exchange I had via public twitter with GEMA yesterday, soon after hearing the "Sita sings the blues" status from Nina.

    Disclaimer: I'm Mexican, I live in Germany, I suffer GEMA on a daily basis.

    From @Mematematica
    Hey @GEMAdialog can you pls clarify this? ich verstehe nicht MT @ninapaley #GEMA censored my movie in Germany! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpTPTQ3e0Jg&feature=share

    From @GEMAdialog
    @Mematematica @ninapaley GEMA did not "censor" nor initiate a blocking of your video. Please contact @Youtube about this.

    From @Mematematica
    @GEMAdialog @ninapaley @Youtube Vielen Dank für Ihre Antwort. May I inquire also about the blocked @playing4change video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55s3T7VRQSc

    From @GEMAdialog
    @Mematematica Only twelve musical works are affected, so it is more than likely that this video was not blocked by GEMA as well.

    From @GEMAdialog
    "Sita sings the Blues": Sperrung nicht von #GEMA veranlasst http://netzpolitik.org/2011/gema-zensiert-meinen-film-in-deutschland/#comment-429754 #Youtube

    Now, I have not located any GEMA statements about this "twelve musical works" (Other than that twitt) in english (my german sucks). So I'm at a loss here about GEMA stand (We all know Youtube's one). I will ask again tomorrow, see if I get an answer.

     

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    Ed C., Jul 14th, 2011 @ 3:18pm

    Thanks for bringing this up. Every time I'd mentioned here at techdirt how these foreign agencies act as gatekeepers and toll collectors in international markets, ACs kept telling me that I'm full of shit. Well, now they can eat their words.

     

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    Josh, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 8:01pm

    Sounds a bit like APRA

    Sounds like they work much the same way as APRA in Australia. Artists recording repertoire works in Australia that are licensed by APRA, and that is practically everything, can not give the recordings away online without paying hefty fees per download.
    I don't think they are quite as bad as GEMA sound though. APRA must have worked something out with youtube... either that or they have not found youtube yet!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2011 @ 9:36pm

    Nazis alive and well in Germany

    It appears the Nazis have never gone away, they just renamed themselves.

     

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    kamereon (profile), Jul 14th, 2011 @ 11:32pm

    Mike has got it right here: GEMA is usually not involved in blocking specific videos. Youtube will automagically block all videos that might get them in trouble with GEMA.

    Nina should just follow Patrick McKay's "Fair Use School"-Video to oppose to youtube's blocking 'Sita'.
    Just stating that she's the rights holder of both audio and video should be enough to get the video back online.

     

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      The eejit (profile), Jul 15th, 2011 @ 1:22am

      Re:

      Correction: stating that she is the rightsholder for the film AND has relevant licenses should do the trick.

       

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        kamereon (profile), Jul 15th, 2011 @ 3:25am

        rights & licenses

        OK. But usually this is just between you an youtube. You don't even have to prove that you hold the necessary righs and licenses. Youtube Germany will take your word for it, if you fill out the online-form. (after all, they built their business on people uploading videos, and they hate GEMA just like everybody else in Germany :-))

        Only if you piss GEMA off and their lawyers contact youtube on your behalf things will probably start to get complicated. Never heard that this has happened to an artist, though.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 15th, 2011 @ 2:50am

    This is not a healthy situation. You basically have an out of touch bureaucracy that thinks it gets to set all the rules, even if they don't match the reality in the marketplace.

    LOL. Sounds EXACTLY like corporate America.

     

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    alex (profile), Jul 19th, 2011 @ 11:31am

    not the first case i've heard of this

    I live in Berlin so see blocked videos all the time when I click YouTube links.

    I also have a friend who has all of the music videos released on his label blocked by YouTube/GEMA even though he doesn't even use them as a collecting agency! He's written to YouTube several times about it but they haven't lifted the blocks.

     

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    Doni, Jan 5th, 2012 @ 10:41am

    Yea... add me to the list

    A person from Germany just sent me a message saying GEMA blocked my video. I make music which isn't attached to any entity at all except myself. I release the music for free, independently... I think there is a certain amount of randomness to their claims...

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 1st, 2012 @ 10:27am

      Re: Yea... add me to the list

      hey doni, would be good to connect with you - I am doing some research and looking to speak with artists that have been effected by their draconian approach to collecting money from the masses. would be good if you can post a link to your video. thanks. :-)

       

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    Anu, Oct 1st, 2012 @ 10:23am

    RE: GEMA

    If GEMA is failing to pay artists what is rightfully theirs to begin with - is it not possible for them to jump ship and boycott the organisation? This will allow them to give their music away for free, no? Or are they legally bound to continue their membership with the organisation? Or am I missing something?

    and secondly when you say that "GEMA... insists that no one can give away music for free... " - what do you mean by "no one" - I presume you are referring to GEMA-reigstered artists here, right?

    I am also looking for a list of GEMA's top five percent of members that are being paid the majority of loyalties it collects - can anyone suggest a good way to access this information?

     

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