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Nightclubs pull plug in license fee protest

The Local · 29 Jun 2012, 17:00

Published: 29 Jun 2012 17:00 GMT+02:00

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Just before midnight DJs across the country will step back from the decks for five whole minutes and turn reveller's attention to the plans that GEMA – the organisation which handles music royalties – wants to charge venues more money.

People in the entertainment business are worried that the increase will force clubs to shut down, Die Welt reported on Friday. More than 195,000 people have signed a petition for GEMA to reconsider their plans.

The idea is to put ten percent of the entrance fees from all pay-in clubs towards the musicians whose tracks are being played inside.

Berliners have already come out in force against the idea and 5,000 gathered in protest on Monday.

In Hamburg, Social Democrat (SPD) politicians are pushing for GEMA to reach a compromise with the disgruntled party people.

“They need to reconsider the plan and speak with club owners,” said a spokesman for the Hamburg state branch of the SPD.

“We want to put the pressure on GEMA,” said managing director of the national association for discotheques and dance venues, Stephan Büttner.

An arbitration board in the patent and trademarks office is to discuss the new tariffs with the aim of reaching a decision within a year.

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19:07 June 29, 2012 by Englishted

Dangerous and out of control , just try watching anything on YouTube in Germany no matter where it comes from these people are like something out of "1984" .

I would like to see how much turnover they make and what percentage of the money ever finds its way to the artist ,particularly those not from Germany maybe someone could tell me how to find it?

Over to you .
19:57 June 29, 2012 by The-ex-pat
The worst thing about GEMA is not that they block content, but that they block content with the assumption that they have control over the usage.
23:44 June 29, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I hope they block the distribution of Schlager music for ever.
15:49 July 1, 2012 by MrPC
Good for GEMA. Spoiled kids think that everything they can grab without getting caught should be theirs by right. GEMA and the music creators think otherwise. News flash - if you use something you should pay for it. If you don't want to pay what the owner asks use something else. If you make your own music and use that GEMA won't have a word to say.
11:59 July 2, 2012 by MydogMax
I agree MrPc so many think they have a entitlement and try and turn it into a Arab spring revolt if they don't get there own way...this wont affect party goers in the slightest or Tourism it will only affect people who have been profiteering of others hard work, about bloody time they were made to cough-up! Welcome to the real world kids...
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