GEMA Strikes Again: Demands Licensing Fees For Music It Has No Rights To

from the copyfraud dept

What is it that we often hear from supporters of stricter copyright laws? Oh yeah... it's something along the lines of "no one should be able to profit off the work of someone else without the proper rights." So I'm curious if those folks will equally condemn German collection society GEMA for trying to collect licensing fees for some music that was released under a Creative Commons license and by artists who are not currently GEMA members (some left in disgust).

This isn't new, of course. Two and a half years ago, we wrote about GEMA refusing to recognize Creative Commons licenses from Jamendo, and insisting that people still had to pay them. Similarly, in this case, even after it's been pointed out to them that the tracks were not under GEMA's purview, the organization insisted that the artists probably just "forgot to register the tracks," and asked the producers of the album to provide more proof that the songs weren't covered. Talk about entitlement.

Filed Under: germany, license, music
Companies: gema

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 10 Oct 2011 @ 7:00am

    Re: So everyone should be able to profit off work of others /without/ right.

    This is the landscape we have, that there are rights on songs for the composer, writer, performer. While GEMA claims to exist to protect those interests they are in fact committing fraud by claiming to represent those who are not interested in GEMA membership. When challenged that they do not have these rights, something they should be able to verify easily, they instead put the burden on the artist or the people targeted to prove that GEMA has no right to the rights in question.

    GEMA believes in stronger copyrights and they believe in them so strongly they make them up to support their business model.

    While I can read and reread Mike's opening sentence for you, I can not understand it for you.

    GEMA is breaking the law they claim to hold so dear, which could be seen as them being interested in the law only when it benefits them. And when they can't legally benefit, they just pretend that they still can.

    This is fraud plain and simple. GEMA screams they need more laws, but they can't be bothered to follow the law they have now.

    There is no strawman here, the people in charge of minding the rights, who claim losses and demand more protection violate the letter and spirit of the law to line their own pockets. One might even call them pirates, except people who pirate content usually do not profit from it.

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