YouTube, German music industry fail to reach deal

January 10, 2013

The German music industry has broken off talks with Google Inc.'s YouTube service after failing to agree on licensing fees for its members' work.

The GEMA group that represents 65,000 German composers, songwriters and said Thursday it will now take its case to an arbitration body.

The group, which represents copyright holders outside Germany as well, also demanded that YouTube change the notices that appear on thousands of videos that are blocked in Germany because of the licensing dispute. It said the notices blaming GEMA were misleading.

Spokeswoman Mounira Latrache said YouTube was "surprised and disappointed" that GEMA had broken off the negotiations.

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5 / 5 (1) Jan 10, 2013
The GEMA censorship looks like that:

As you might know, Mikis Theodorakis is the best known Greek composer. He is living in Greece.

But Germans and Austrians are - unlike the rest of the world - not allowed to listen to his music on the internet because of GEMA's greed.

Nevertheless every German household is obliged to pay 18 Euro per month in order to sponsor the state radio and TV stations
even if they don't own a radio, TV, or PC. That's the Germans' way to pay the big station CEOs ("Intendanten") salaries that surpass that of the German chancellor.

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