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 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.
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?
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.
Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart will report directly to Thomas Hesse, president of corporate development and new businesses at Bertelsmann.
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.