GEMA

  1. Popkomm Shuts Down; Berlin Music Week, Reeperbahn Fest, Musikmesse, and Other German Fests Rise

    July 24, 2012 4:13 PM EDT After 23 years, Popkomm, Berlin's annual music fair has closed its doors. But now, with the city of Berlin launching Berlin Music Week this Sept. and the success of Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival in the same month, many in the industry ma ...

  2. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  3. GEMA's 2011 Earnings Drop

    March 14, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA in 2011 saw a decrease in its income of 4.3 percent and an increase in operating costs of 14.9 percent. The yearly report was announced today by GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker in Munich. In 2011, the rights organizati ...

  4. German Politicians @MIDEM Weigh in on Music Biz; GEMA Signs With Deezer

    January 31, 2012 7:45 AM EST "The German delegations are a mainstay of MIDEM and thus form part of its core," said MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk at the opening ceremony of the German joint stand on Sunday afternoon at MIDEM in Cannes. Numerous politicians flew from Germany in ...

  5. Grooveshark and the Anonymous Evidence Against It

    January 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Paul Resnikoff, founder and publisher of Digital Music News, said today that the website will not be complying with Grooveshark's subpoena for information regarding an anonymous commenter's claims that Grooveshark knowingly uploads unlic ...

  6. iTunes Match Launches In Germany, Reaches Agreement With GEMA

    December 21, 2011 8:00 AM EST BERLIN - iTunes Match was launched in Germany last week after the German collectiion society GEMA approved an agreement in Munich. The will service costs €24.99 (about $32.50) per year in Germany and is limited to 25,000 tracks. Business Matters: ...

  7. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  8. Joachim Harbich Steps Down as Marketing Director of GEMA

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Joachim Harbich is to step down as marketing director of GEMA, the German copyright organization effective December 31, 2010. Bettina Müller will fill the void on a provisional basis. Joachim Harbich became marketing director of GEMA in November 2 ...

  9. GEMA, YouTube Heading To Court

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fight between YouTube and the German collection society GEMA is heading into the next round. GEMA announced today (Sept. 30) that they will file a case for principal proceedings in the next few weeks against YouTube. In August, GEMA failed at ...

  10. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  11. Parliamentarians Ask GEMA: Where's The Money Going?

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The members of the petitions committee of the German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin have called for greater transparency and an improved information culture in GEMA's relations with its more than 60,000 members. The commi ...

  12. GEMA Talks With YouTube Break Down

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members from the video-sharing platform's German service, after contract renewal talks broke down. GEMA has taken a defiant stand against YouTube and won the suppo ...

  13. Court Ruling Forces GEMA Vote On Ad Licensing

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At an extraordinary meeting of GEMA members in Berlin, the German collecting society's members voted in favor of a new version of GEMA's deed of assignment, which its CEO says restores "legal certainty" in relation to synchs an ...

  14. @MIDEM: GEMA Forms Coalition Of Authors' Societies

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST German collection society GEMA has formed a coalition of eight European authors' associations in a bid to harmonize administration rights in Europe. The seven authors' associations who have partnered with GEMA and signed the letter for & ...

  15. German Societies Agree PC Copying Fee

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German collection societies GEMA, GVL (German Collecting Society for Performers and Phonogram Producers), VG Wort (literature) and VG Bild-Kunst (pictures, artist) have come to an agreement via their common holding company ZPÜ (Central Organis ...

  16. GEMA To Shutter 3 Regional Offices

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST A decrease of income totaling more than €50 million ($71.6 million) during the last two years has forced the German collecting society GEMA to close three of its 10 regional offices, in Augsburg, Munich and Hanover. Regional offices in Stuttgart, ...

  17. GEMA 'Vindicated' At Concert Rate Tribunal Ruling

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The arbitration tribunal of the German Patent and Brand Office in Munich today (Nov. 20) announced that it had ruled to allow collecting society GEMA to increase concert license rates. After a breakdown in negotiations between both sides, the two ...

  18. German Biz Welcomes Copyright Proposals

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry has welcomed plans for tighter copyright restrictions proposed by the Germany's new coalition government. Germany's new coalition government, comprising the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Soci ...

  19. Popkomm Was Facing 50 Per Cent Attendance Fall

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Popkomm music fair and conference in Berlin have admitted that an anticipated 50 per cent fall in attendance meant the 2009 event, due to take place Sept. 16 to 18, was no longer viable this year. Failure by the German government ...

  20. Geyer Exits Germany's GEMA

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Hans Herwig Geyer, head of the communications department at GEMA, is leaving the German collection society at the end of the year. Geyer, who has been head of communication since 1993, is quitting voluntarily but has given no details of his fu ...

  21. Germany's GEMA Reports Collections Rise

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT GEMA collected €874.4 million ($1.1 billion) for its members last year, a rise of 2.6% from 2005, according to a report released Tuesday by the authors rights society. GEMA's costs amounted to €121.7 million ($165 million), up slightly from t ...

  22. GEMA Sees Income Drop In 2004

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1983, German authors rights body GEMA has registered an annual decline in royalty distributions to copyright owners. BERLIN -- For the first time since 1983, German authors rights body GEMA has registered an annual decline ...

  23. GEMA Sees Income Drop In 2004

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1983, German authors rights body GEMA has registered an annual decline in royalty distributions to copyright owners. For the first time since 1983, German authors rights body GEMA has registered an annual decline in royalt ...