Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte

  1. Global Repertoire Database HQ to be based in London and Berlin

    May 12, 2013 11:18 PM EDT The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) -- a cross-industry initiative to deliver a global one-stop-shop for the cataloging of music ownership rights -- is to set-up its international headquarters in London with its operations center based in Berli ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. German Court Rules Against YouTube In GEMA Copyright Case

    April 20, 2012 1:04 PM EDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. German news agency dapd reported that the ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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: ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Reeperbahn Festival: GEMA Under Attack

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A democratic structure, fair distribution of earnings to members and greater transparency of their activities: all of this was called for by the conservative CDU member of the German parliament, Dr. Gitta Connemann in a panel discussion on GEMA. S ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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. ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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- ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. @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 & ...

  33. @MIDEM: Collection Societies Bemoan Contradictory Mandate

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a MIDEM panel examining the progress of the multi-territorial licensing initiative that the European Commission mandated by directive and decisions over the last five years, copyright society executives agreed on one thing: confusion still reig ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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, ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. GEMA Predicts 6% Income Fall

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT GEMA expects income for 2009 to be down 6% compared to last year. GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker made the projection at the collection society's annual assembly in Munich. GEMA had total income of €823 million ($1.1 billion) in 2008, down 3 ...

  41. 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. ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. GEMA Appoints Harbich Marketing Director

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joachim Harbich will take the helm as marketing director in the head office of the German collecting society GEMA in Munich, effective Nov. 1. Harbich succeeds Henrik Horning, who left GEMA in May 2008. Harbich reports to Dr. Harald Heker, chairma ...

  50. GEMA Appeals EC Competition Ruling

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has submitted an appeal to the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to have a prohibition order issued by the European Commission overturned. GEMA has also applied for suspension of the execution of the Com ...

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