by Mike Masnick
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 6:49pm
We've been writing about German music collection society GEMA's bizarre fight against YouTube for a few years now, in which all major music videos are blocked from YouTube in Germany because GEMA is suing YouTube and refuses to even discuss a potential license until the lawsuit is over. As we noted recently, this is even frustrating the labels who feel that GEMA is costing them serious money in not just doing a deal to make videos available. While researching something else on Twitter, I came across this telling tweet, from an individual in Germany talking about how they had to use a Chinese web proxy just to watch a new Sting video, and properly notes just how screwed up the world is when people in Germany are relying on Chinese web proxies just to watch music videos. I'm still trying to figure out what good this does anyone... other than GEMA.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Bad Copyright Laws Scaring Off Necessary Investment In New Digital Platforms
- Does Patent Licensing by Patent Trolls - Or Anyone - Serve A Useful Purpose?
- California Proposes Bill To Ban All Unlicensed Bitcoin Businesses, Without Even Defining What That Means
- Fed Up Germans Are Trying To Crowdfund A GEMA Alternative That Isn't Evil
- How GEMA Is (Still) The Worst 'Collective Rights' Organization In The World