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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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Oct 2011 @ 8:25am

    Re: Re:

    Actually, the "monopoly" is a good thing, for a bunch of reasons. The most important is net costs:

    All in systems get rid of many of the problems of trying to figure out who is responsible. When you are talking about collecting what is often "micropayments" for each artist, any cost of overhead would use up that payment and make the system fail. If it costs you $1 to collect $0.25, the system would have to increate rates 5 fold to keep up. But when it costs you only a penny or two to collect the 25 cents, you have a system that is functional for all.

    GEMA has ways to opt out, all that is needed is proof that the material isn't covered. How hard is that to understand? It's beyond Mike's grasp, what about you?

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