Veteran German rocker Marius Müller-Westernhagen and hip-hop artist Xavier Naidoo are among the prominent German artists and songwriters who have signed a resolution protesting the German record

Veteran German rocker Marius Müller-Westernhagen and hip-hop artist Xavier Naidoo are among the prominent German artists and songwriters who have signed a resolution protesting the German record industry's plans to slash CD royalty rates.

Female singer/songwriter Nena, schlager songwriter Christian Bruhn, film composer Martin Böttcher and orchestra chief James Last are also among the document's 3,000 signatories. The resolution was initiated by the German Music Publishers Association (DMV), which has vigorously opposed the proposed royalty cut.

As previously reported, the German chapter of the IFPI went to the country's Patent and Brand Office in January and applied for the mechanical royalty rate to be slashed to 5.6% from 9.009% of the PPD (published price to dealers), effective Jan. 1. Approval hinges on an arbitration tribunal decision that may take up to five years.

According to DMV president Dagmar Sikorski, the initiative has become one of the largest joint campaigns on the part of publishers and authors in the past few decade. She says that the activities will continue over the next few weeks as more and more authors join the campaign.

Sikorski recently said the document would be issued to the media and "influential politicians" in Germany and Europe, "asking them to help prevent a group of companies with a dominant market position from ruining the existences of composers, lyricists, arrangers and music publishers."

The DMV represents over 500 member companies.