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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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 Oct 2011 @ 7:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Freetards Demand /Music/ They Have No Rights To

    "NEITHER am I going to allow Mike to remain silent when freetards post here without Mike "equally" condemning them for THEFT"

    Well, since no theft is actually taking place by these "freetards", you WILL have to remain silent. Because Mike can't condemn something that isn't going on. However, if Mike felt like condemning people for committing COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, which file sharing would fall under (in accordance with the law, which I can reasonably assume you follow and approve of by your comments and thus should acknowledge the distinction made by the Supreme Court in the Dowling v United States (1985) case)I'd have no problem with that.

    File sharing = Copyright Infringement (NOT THEFT/STEALING)

    No matter how many times you or others says the word "stealing" or "theft", it still does not make it so. Thus, you are wrong and spreading verifiable and factually incorrect information. Quit adding fuel to the fire that is rapidly becoming the decline of intelligence in society.

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