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Copyright disputes limit viewing of Youtube videos in Germany

Posted at 20 February 2013 22:05 CET by Kerry Brown

A long standing battle between Google and the German performance rights group GEMA has been causing problems for viewing videos in Germany.  The latest instances were videos made in Russia of the recent meteorite showers.  They were blocked due to songs playing on the radio of the car from which the video was taken.  Google, which owns Youtube, states that they cannot be certain whether or not GEMA has the rights to collect fees from the songs, so they have blocked the videos from view in Germany.

Germany does not have a fair use provision concerning copyright protected material, which would almost certainly allow use of these types of videos in the US.  And to make matters worse, Youtube and Google lost a court decision to GEMA last spring, in which the court ordered Youtube to be more proactive and install filters to prevent use of copyright protected material.  So it seems Google is simply blocking more and more videos in the country.  A study by OpenDataCity shows that 61.5% of the most popular music videos on Youtube are currently blocked in Germany simply because Youtube believes the rights might be held by GEMA.

GEMA is demanding a fee of $0.005 per view of videos using their copyright protected material.  Though this doesn’t seem a lot, it would add up to many millions of dollars over the course of a year.  Google has broken off negotiations with the rights group and the situation is currently at an impasse.

You can read more of the story at Ars Technica.

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Susi999
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 21 Feb 13 02:38
    So instead of using youtube as advertiser to reach millions of people, the GEMA thinks of itself and not the content authors, reaches no people at all and sells approximately nothing.
    debro
    Blown to smitherines
    Posted on: 23 Feb 13 03:56
      I don't know why google doesn't just buy all the studios, and fire all these useless asshole lawyers
      It's obvious that it's a lucrative market, because they haven't gone belly up, and they pay for all the lawyers to annoy the world.

      If you have a major problem, the easiest solution is to just throw alot of money at it, until it goes away.

      Either that, or hire assassins
      olyteddy
      Senior Moderator
      Posted on: 23 Feb 13 04:28
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by debro
        I don't know why google doesn't just buy all the studios, and fire all these useless asshole lawyers
        It's obvious that it's a lucrative market, because they haven't gone belly up, and they pay for all the lawyers to annoy the world.

        If you have a major problem, the easiest solution is to just throw alot of money at it, until it goes away.

        Either that, or hire assassins
        Which I hear ain't cheap either...
        mciahel
        Senior Moderator
        Posted on: 23 Feb 13 13:58
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by debro
          I don't know why google doesn't just buy all the studios,
          It's not the studios. Music companies like Sony are not happy about the GEMA play.

          Michael
          ChristineBCW
          MyCE Die Hard
          Posted on: 23 Feb 13 14:12
            They have to control. Something. Anything. That's what bureaucracies do - control. And control more.

            Look how successful Conde Nast and so many other rightsholders are, keeping entertainment choices limited so that fewer and fewer are aware of so many titles and entertainment options. If the rightsholders can bury their stuff deep enough, no one will be left alive to remember it.

            "Sure, it won't help sales, but we have Control-!!"

            We need Maxwell Smart.
            TSJnachos117
            MyCE Senior Member
            Posted on: 25 Feb 13 03:01
              We need VOLUNTEER-BASED night raids. That would probably solve everything! Or, at least some d*** good Jedi mind trick castors!

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