Harald Heker

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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. ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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- ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. @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 & ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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, ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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. ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  33. GEMA Marketing Director Splits

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Henrik Hörning, has stepped down as marketing director of the German collection society GEMA, with immediate effect. A successor has not yet been named. Bettina Müller, head of communication and PR, will take over Hörning's responsibilities o ...

  34. GEMA Records Massive Revenue Drop

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German authors rights society GEMA has reported a €24.8 million ($39.67 million) shortfall in 2007 revenue. The Berlin-based organization collected €849.6 million ($1.35 billion) for its 60,000 author/publisher members during the year, down 2.83% ...

  35. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  36. YouTube Launches In Germany

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Online video-sharing platform YouTube has launched a German version. YouTube.de went live yesterday, having forged licensing partnerships with more than 60 content providers, including Universal Music and Sony BMG. "The high click rates of vi ...

  37. GEMA Strikes Alliance With Austrian Rights Bodies

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German authors' rights society GEMA and its Austrian counterparts AKM and Austro Mechana are to forge a new partnership in 2008 to promote music from German-speaking Europe, Billboard.biz has learned. The creation of the alliance follows ongo ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Germany's GEMA Names Heker As Chairman

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights society GEMA, effective Jan. 1, 2006. Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights socie ...

  41. Germany's GEMA Names Heker As Chairman

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights society GEMA. Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights society GEMA, effective Jan. ...