On 01/19/2013 05:35 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
I've been living in Germany for almost 18 months now and I'm still
flabbergasted that the GEMA system is allowed to persist. From what I've
heard (correct me if I'm wrong) is that GEMA installs recording devices
in a "random" selection of nightclubs/venues and employs "educated"
listeners to detect songs and then come up with a tariff based on venue
size which is then passed on to record labels. This is obviously stacked
in favour of all the major record labels, yet smaller venues, perhaps
not playing top 40 music from the major labels are still charged a fee.
Ridiculous. And if GEMA can't determine the music you are playing and
who to attribute copyright to, the onus is on the venue to prove
ownership, even if the music is released under Creative Commons
As of Jan 1 2013 these tariffs are set to increase. More infos and links
to a petition here .
> OTOH, artists on tour might want to know, that in some states of the USA
Very OT, but in Australia, you get stuck with a small fine, and if you
are lucky enough to be in South Australia or ACT, it is decriminalised
for personal use.
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