GEMA

  1. German Collection Society GEMA Brings In 3.9% More, Pays Out €720 Million

    March 19, 2014 11:41 AM EDT The financial year 2013 of the German collection society GEMA  in Munich has been successful. The total income GEMA has received from all rightsholders was €852.4 million (about $1.18 billion), an increase of 3.9% over the previous year. The group ...

  2. German DJs Protest GEMA's Proposed Tax on Digital Music Collections

    April 09, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Hundreds of German DJs demonstrated last week in front of the local offices of the German collection society GEMA in Dortmund and Munich against what they consider new and unfair DJ licensing fees. In Dortmund, the demonstration was spontaneous ...

  3. TuneSat Raises $1.225 Million in Funding

    April 08, 2013 4:29 PM EDT TuneSat has raised $1.225 million in equity funding to help fuel its expansion. The current funding round is $3 million, according to an SEC filing dated March 21.   The company's audio monitoring technology tracks TV channels and websites ...

  4. German Clubs Shut Down in Protest of New GEMA Tariffs

    July 02, 2012 11:21 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - 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 ...

  5. The End of German Discos? New GEMA Tariffs Ignite Nightclub Protests

    June 26, 2012 8:46 AM EDT A note on Berlin's Berghain nightclub's website against GEMA's new fees encourages supporters to sign a petition. BERLIN - More than 2,000 German discotheque owners are protesting against a new tariff structure implemented by the Ge ...

  6. UK's PRS For Music Says Digital Royalties To Match Physical By 2014

    June 01, 2012 7:43 AM EDT On the heels of yesterday's announcement by the British Phonographic Institute that digital sales have overtaken physical sales comes news from the UK's PRS For Music, Britain's collection society, that digital royalty payments will ...

  7. BMG Rights Management and Germany's GEMA Sign 'One-Stop' European Digital Licensing Deal

    May 24, 2012 3:34 PM EDT BERLIN - BMG Rights Management and the German collection society GEMA reached an agreement that will simplify the licensing and administration of online rights for BMG's Anglo-American repertoire across Europe. The partnership will begin July ...

  8. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  9. German Collection Society GEMA Adjusts Tariffs for Outdoor Music Events

    April 04, 2012 1:57 PM EDT MUNICH - German collection society GEMA has adjusted tariffs for outdoor music concerts starting in 2013. Smaller events will benefit from the adjustment while larger events will have to pay more. GEMA introduced its new tariff structure at a pres ...

  10. RapidShare Case to Go to German Supreme Court

    March 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for copyright law, a long-running legal battle between music rights association GEMA and Swiss-based file-sharing site RapidShare is heading to the German Supreme Court. GEMA a ...

  11. Grooveshark Done In Germany; Is This The Beginning Of The End? (Report)

    January 18, 2012 12:10 PM EST Music streaming service Grooveshark has ended its operations in Germany, citing the German music rights organization GEMA's "unreasonably high" licensing costs as the reason for its shutdown in the country, according to multiple rep ...

  12. Morning Heds: Streaming Royalties Way Up, SOPA Protest Day, tUnE-yArDs Top Pazz & Jop

    January 18, 2012 7:25 AM EST Digital Notes: Royalties for Streaming Music Grew 17% in 2011 by New York Times (blog) SoundExchange, the agency that compensates performers and record labels when music is played on satellite and Internet radio, paid $292 million in royalties las ...

  13. BITKOM, GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement For Online Music Platforms

    December 16, 2011 1:58 PM EST After nearly ten years of negotiations, a licensing agreement for Internet music platforms was reached last week between Munich-based German performance rights organization GEMA and IT industry association BITKOM, in Berlin. Internet portals now a ...

  14. Germany's Collection Societies Filing Lawsuits For Mobile Phone Tax, Win Christmas Market Litigation

    November 14, 2011 6:48 AM EST BERLIN - The eight German collection societies and the producers of mobile phones are likely on the verge of protracted lawsuits, with outcomes that could potentially change the price consumers pay for mobile phones while filling the coffers of th ...

  15. Popkomm & Reeperbahn Festivals May Help Invigorate Germany's Declining Music Markets

    August 26, 2011 5:25 PM EDT The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Two music trade festivals coming to Germany in September may help invigorate the country's declining music market: Popkomm in Berlin and the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. Both fairs are being sup ...

  16. GEMA Under Fire For Royalties Dispute With YouTube

    June 24, 2011 11:20 AM EDT BERLIN - GEMA, the German collection society, has come under fire in recent days from the music industry as it attempts to settle a two-year long dispute over royalties with Google by preventing access to music videos on YouTube. The issue is set ...

  17. Business Matters: Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve

    May 04, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve -- Here's the latest on the surprisingly strong recorded music sales of 2011. Through May 1, track sales are up 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Current tracks are up 10% and catalog tracks are up ...

  18. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  19. Germany's GEMA Royalty Collection Society Announces Increase for 2010

    March 28, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Somthing to Smile About: Gemma board member Georg Oeller (left) and CEO Dr. Harald Heker. (Photo: Bettina Muller/GMA Munchen ) For the 2010 fiscal year, the German collection society GEMA today announced it will distribute more than €736 million t ...

  20. Business Matters: Jack White, DDEX, Spotify and more

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Jack White On Limited Edition Vinyl -- Jack White’s Third Man Records releases limited edition vinyl. Some pieces of vinyl end up on eBay and can sell for hundreds of dollars. So, Third Man recent ...

  21. German Promoters, GEMA Clash Over Sponsorship

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German concert promoters categorically refuse to accept that the collecting society GEMA should also profit from the sponsorship funds acquired by the promoters, in addition to benefiting from charges on admission tickets and the sale of merchandi ...

  22. New Models Dominate Popkomm Day 1

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm has a new venue, a new setting as part of Berlin Music Week, and much of the first day of the 2010 edition was spent discussing new business models. During a low-key first day of panels at the revamped conference, held for the first time s ...

  23. GEMA Fails In YouTube Legal Challenge

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collection society GEMA's legal challenge to prevent YouTube from making 75 compositions available online has failed. The Regional Court of Hamburg today (Aug. 27) dismissed the application submitted by GEMA for an interim injunction a ...

  24. CELAS Partners With Croatia's IDM Music

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing for online/mobile across Europe, has concluded an administration agreement with music publisher Intelligent Digital Media and Music (IDM Music) in Zagreb. IDM Music, located in Croatia, will administer ...

  25. MCPS Outlines Northern European Alliance Strategy

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation is key to growing rights revenue generated by U.K. collecting societies PRS For Music (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That was the central message from Robert Ashcroft , PRS CEO and executive director, M ...

  26. GEMA Reports Fraud To Authorities, Fires Employees

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ten members and two employees have been accused of involvement in the heavy case of fraud that has affected the German collection society GEMA in Berlin. This was confirmed today in Munich by GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker at a press conference. ...

  27. GEMA Hit By Fraud Case

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has apparently been affected by a heavy case of fraud. The Munich-based society confirmed the fraud inquiry to Billboard.biz today (May 27). Two of its employees have already been suspended pending an investigati ...

  28. GEMA Charges For World Cup Screens

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has published special tariffs covering music played at public screenings in Germany of broadcasts from the soccer World Cup 2010, held in South Africa. GEMA is collecting those licenses on behalf of the German co ...

  29. Tokio Hotel Songwriters Snag German Authors' Award

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock band Tokio Hotel's songwriters David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner received a German Music Authors' Award from collection society GEMA in front of 250 guests in Berlin. The German Music Authors' Awards jury honored ...

  30. GEMA Income Returns To Growth

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After two years of negative results, the German collection society GEMA has made the turnaround. Following a decline of 3.1% in 2008 and a fall of 2.8% in 2007, GEMA now reports an income of €841 million ($1.13 billion) in 2009 - up 2.2% from €823 ...

  31. GEMA TO Honor Michael Kunze

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German lyricist and librettist Michael Kunze will receive the lifetime achievement award at the annual German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the German collection society GEMA on April 22 in the Axica building in Berlin. The 66-year- ...

  32. EMI Publishing Wins German Mastertone Case

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Germany has won a guiding lawsuit against the German mobile network T-Mobile at the Federal High Court (BGH) in Karlsruhe. The court decided that T-Mobile is not allowed to offer mastertones or ringtones with works from the EM ...

  33. Full Coverage of MIDEM 2010

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27. *** CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF KEY MOMENTS AT MIDEM 2010 *** @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10% January 27, 2010 As the M ...

  34. GEMA Agrees New Concert Licensing Rates

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German concert promoters associations Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft (idkv) in Hamburg and the Verband der Konzertdirektionen (VDKD) in Munich and the German collection society GEMA in Munich have reached an agreement about the lic ...

  35. 100,000-Plus Online Protests Lodged Against GEMA

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An uprising against GEMA on account of its business practices is being organized on the official Web site of the German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin. A petition against the German collection society has already attracted over ...

  36. New GEMA Chairman

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After 18 years as chairman of German collecting society GEMA, Prof. Christian Bruhn stepped down. His successor is composer Jörg Evers. A new supervisory board was elected at the annual meeting of the members of the German collection society GEMA ...

  37. German Court Rules Against Rapidshare

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Regional Court of Hamburg has ruled in favor of German collecting society GEMA, which had requested that the court issue an order prohibiting file-hosting service rapidshare.com from making around 5,000 music tracks available on the Internet. ...

  38. Nokia Signs With Germany's GEMA

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile handset manufacturer Nokia has concluded a Europe-wide licensing agreement with the German collecting society GEMA in Munich for its unlimited Comes With Music service. The agreement grants Comes With Music the right to use the GEMA reperto ...

  39. German Minister Criticizes Govt On Web Piracy

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German state minister of culture Bernd Neumann has levelled harsh criticism at his counterparts in the ministry of justice, because no constructive proposals have been put forward for combating Internet piracy. His remarks against his own governme ...

  40. German Lifetime Honor For Peter Thomas

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German composer Peter Thomas will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the collecting society GEMA on May 28 in Berlin. GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker announced the honor for 83-yea ...

  41. GEMA Income Declines 3.1%

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German performance rights society GEMA has reported income of €823 million ($1.08 billion) in 2008, down 3.1% from €849.6 million ($1.11 billion) in 2007. GEMA will be paying out a sum of €700.6 million ($919.2 million) to its members for 2008, a ...

  42. German Composer Sues Google/YouTube

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German composer Frank Peterson has filed a lawsuit at the Higher District Court in Hamburg against Google/YouTube, claiming that his music videos and other audiovisual repertoire were used illegally. Peterson produces British soprano Sarah Brightm ...

  43. German Publishers Back GEMA Over YouTube Row

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers are backing the German collection society GEMA in its dispute with YouTube. Google has blocked access to music videos on YouTube in Germany, following a similar move last month in the U.K. where negotiations for a new licen ...

  44. YouTube Blocks Music Videos In Germany

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Negotiations between Google subsidiary YouTube and the German collection society GEMA about the extension of their licensing agreement have broken down, according to a statement from GEMA's Munich-based CEO Dr. Harald Heker. GEMA reported tha ...

  45. German Ringtone Ruling

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Germany's Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in Karlsruhe has delivered a ruling on the licensing of music as a ringtone for mobile phones. According to a Dec. 18 decision, as a rule a simple license from the collecting society GEMA ...

  46. GEMA Looks Into Joining ICE

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The German collecting society GEMA, based in Munich, is considering joining the International Copyright Enterprise (ICE). ICE is a joint venture comprising the British MCPS-PRS Alliance and the Swedish collecting society STIM, the aim of which is ...

  47. Gibb Meets GEMA

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Robin Gibb has paid an inaugural visit to the German collecting society GEMA in Munich. Gibb is president of CISAC, the international confederation of authors' and composers' collecting societies. Gibb met with the GEMA supervisory board ...

  48. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  49. RealNetworks Signs Pan-Euro Licensing Deal With CELAS

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks has signed a pan-European licensing deal for its Real Music services with CELAS, the company set up to represent EMI Music Publishing's repertoire for online and mobile in Europe. The partnership covers the digital entertainment ...

  50. Ende Of An Era At EMI Publishing

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Ende, president and CEO of EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe, has stepped down after 28 years with the company. He will remain in his post until the end of November and will then have a consultancy role. European execs at EMI Music Pub ...

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