posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 01:23 PM
Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) is the main collecting society for songwriters, composers and music publishers in Spain. It is
similar to ASCAP. The composer and performer Teddy Bautista is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The SGAE was founded in 1941 as General Society
of Authors of Spain. In 1995 its name changed to Society of Authors and Publishers, seeking to accommodate cultural editors.
The SGAE has been involved in several controversies, like charging a fine of 96€ to a middle school for trying to make a theatrical play whose
rights belonged to Federico García Lorca's heirs. The SGAE denied access to any information or communication to the owners of the rights to the
school. The school administrators by their own account finally found the copyright holders, the Centro Dramático Nacional, (whose responsibles
weren't informed of the situation at all by their SGAE representatives) and they gladly agreed to the school petition without any charge. However, the
SGAE replied that they only acted like intermediaries and had no authority to stop demanding the payment for the copyright of registered works, unless
the author or the owners requested so.
Finally, Lorca’s nephew, Manuel Fernández Montesinos, contacted the Ramón Menéndez Pidal middle school to inform that they could play "Bodas de
sangre" without any charges. A few days later, Montesinos wrote again to the School Principal refusing to lose the copyright's tax since the play was
to be represented in a professional theatre and not at the school.
The SGAE has also claimed copyright for works of authors deceased more than 70 years ago at the time of the claim, a condition that, under European
law, deems the works to be of public domain. According to the councils of Zalamea de la Serena (Badajoz) and Fuente Obejuna (Córdoba),the company
claimed 24,000 and 30,000 euros respectively to represent the classic Spanish dramas "El alcalde de Zalamea" and "Fuenteovejuna", whose authors died
centuries ago. The problem arises from the fact that many of the represented classic plays are adaptations to current Spanish from original work’s
ancient language, so in these cases a collection of fees is required from the adapter. In both cases the SGAE rejected the accusations and stated
that, in the case of Zalamea de la Serena, the requested quantity was 95 euros.
A common description of SGAE by independent songwriters in Spain is that the organization is made up of pirates who prefer to keep and spend royalty
money owed to the writers.
 Embezzlement investigation
In 1 July 2011 eight members of the SGAE, including the president, Teddy Bautista, were arrested and charged with embezzlement. The Investigation
Committee estimated that as much as 87 million Euros were embezzled directly or indirectly from 1997 to 2011.
they want to charge me almost 300 Euros a year for having a TV on in my cafe. I shut it off and told them to go to hell.
they don't give even 1% of what they collect to any authors or editors. I don't think they give anything at all actually.
PIRATES. This is yet more idealism of "goody 2 shoes" that make me sick.
Do the "right thing" and kill yourself.
Former president of SGAE, Teddy Bautista, who is in jail for the embezzlement of millions of Euros. He is Marxist in case you were wondering, the
board of directors at SGAE liked his cut. He wants for the government to give money to artists and for them not to collect directly from their work.
Nice model for society don't you think?
"Mire, yo, como decía Vázquez Montalbán, soy un marxista en fase de descompresión anarquista. Preferiría ir hacia un modelo de autorregulación.
Pero hasta que no llegue ese momento o el Estado no subvencione a los artistas como a los del sector del lino, toca defenderse"
"Look, I, as said by Vázquez Montalbán, I am a Marxist in an anarchist decompression phase. I would rather things progress into a model of
self-regulation. But until that time comes or the state begins to subsidize artists as those in the flax industry, we must defend"
So this is the type of person who is spearheading the intellectual property rights movement. Your so called "equal and fair" socialist, and extremist
communist idealists only want to get in leadership so as to not work and live off your work. Their "defense" of the common man is the exploitation of
Keep promoting socialist ideals and communist rhetoric of the common man. I am a common man these criminals want to hit up for 300 Euros of protection
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