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Comment How to create a problem (Score 5, Interesting) 92

Yeah, I'm sure that rising number has nothing to do with increasingly weird laws... For example in Germany it can be classified as "child porn" to have an actor act childish and LOOK like they theoretically COULD be under 18 - even if the actor proves to be an adult in front if the camera, for example by providing legal documents. Also even innocent pictures of, for example, children playing on the beach are increasingly classified as porn now. I'm not trying to marginalize a real, existing problem here, but it doesn't help that jurisdictions world-wide actively inflate the statistics for their own agendas. Quite the opposite in fact...

Comment Re:gema, a slave camp? (Score 1) 349

> but GEMA is not kidnapping them and making them work for nothing

Oh really? If you're not signed with them they keep making money with your music anyway (aka your work):

- Radio and TV stations have to pay per played track
- Restaurants, clubs, pubs too
- Public events too
- Hell, even schools and kindergartens have to pay. Last christmas they fined teachers because the children were singing christmas songs in public!

If your an independent artist and your music is played, the organizer would have to send a form for EVERY ONE of your tracks including your name, address, a statement that you aren't signed with GEMA and so on. As you can imagine it's cheaper for organizers to just go with it and pay for the independent tracks too.

So no, you don't have a choice. GEMA is gonna make money with your work weather you like it or not.

And BTW: If you sign with them, you even have to FUCKING PAY TO THEM IF YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR OWN TRACKS ON YOUR OWN WEBSITE!

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