If you live in Germany, probably you hate GEMA as much as the next John in his right mind. For those who don’t know, GEMA (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs– und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte. English: Society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights) is a performance rights organization from Germany.
Its purpose is to collect royalty fees from the organisers of public events where music protected by GEMA is played as well as media manufacturers and publishers and broadcasting stations.
GEMA are also the fuckers responsible for blocking the videos in youtube, as Wiki says:
Music videos for major label artists on YouTube, as well as many videos containing background music, have been unavailable in Germany since the end of March 2009 as GEMA sought to raise its fee charged to YouTube to 12 euro cents per streamed video., a fee a YouTube spokesman described as “prohibitive”. The issue is set to be taken up by a California court.
GEMA is also from next year increasing in grants, nine times more, the royalties they collect from clubs and bars all over Berlin. Which will end up in many venues having to close down.
Check also the On-line Petition.