posted on May, 14 2013 @ 04:46 AM
The GEMA surely are like robber knights. But they don't block Youtube, these vieos are blocked by Youtube themselves, because they want to avoid
claims by the GEMA.
The problem is, that the GEMA always asks high charges. So since years they are negotiating and quarreling with Youtube and seem to be the only
organization, that can not come to any result. In the past I lived to see the very same thing with a site, that published music. Meanwhile this site
has vanished from the net.
When my daughter had her last trip wth the school class the bus driver did not play any music during the 12 hours trip, explaining that the GEMA would
ask too much money for this "public performance". There even was a report, that the GEMA asked for money from a kindergarden, because the children
sang songs or played CDs. I am not sure, if that last story is true, but it would fit.
I once made a website for a musician. Again the GEMA asked a lot of money for putting music examples on the site. We could lower the costs by reducing
the sound examples to a few seconds and by telling them, that the artist himself is the owner of the site. Nevertheless he had to pay a fee. So the
GEMA protects the artists by taking a fee even from themselves - simply to get their own share.