Scott Roxborough

German Clubs Shut Down in Protest of New GEMA Tariffs

German Clubs Shut Down in Protest of New GEMA Tariffs

Bars, clubs and discoteques across Germany shut down in protest shortly before midnight Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to plans by the country's music rights collection agency to change the way they calculate fees for music use.
ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That’s the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties. Three of the European Parliament’s most influential committees have come out strongly against the U.S.-backed pan-national agreement, which would crack down on online copyright infringement.
German Gangsta Rapper Bushido To Launch Political Party

German Gangsta Rapper Bushido To Launch Political Party

Bushido, a German gangsta rapper whose sometimes homophobic lyrics and comments about women have sparked controversy and condemnation here, has unveiled plans to form his own political party. Could Bushido achieve his goals of becoming either the next mayor of Berlin?
Business Matters: Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement?

Cost of German Music Piracy at $660 Million: Study

Piracy has cost the German music industry $660 million in lost revenue and nearly $200 million for the country’s film industry, according to a recent study by Berlin-based House of Research. The debate over online piracy has heated up in Germany with the political success of the Pirate Party, which advocates copyright law reform.
German Pirate Party Wins Fourth State Election

German Pirate Party Wins Fourth State Election

The Pirate Party, once portrayed as a radical fringe group of Internet hackers and copyright thieves, on Sunday proved beyond doubt there are a political force to be reckoned with, claiming their fourth-straight victory in German state elections.

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