Dec 17, 2013
German Club Scene Saved As GEMA Strikes Deal On Fees

An agreement has been reached between GEMA and the German nightlife community in a conflict that could have costed German clubs a pretty euro and possibly their businesses.

The primary performance rights organization in Germany, GEMA, states on their site:

“Whoever wants to playback or perform music in public in Germany will become, as a rule by doing this, a customer of GEMA.”

This is the standard purpose of all similar music copyright collection agencies worldwide, like ASCAP or BMI, however GEMA decided in 2012 that it was going to require an elevated and unprecedented amount of money from German venues wishing to play sanctioned music–an expensive imposition that sparked protests and threatened to close bars and clubs across the country.

Thankfully, German outlet Der Spiegel reports that after months of negotiations, the GEMA has agreed upon a fair fee with German club owners and event organizers, saving Germany’s music scene from recent turmoil and uncertainty.

Although not much more detail is available at the moment, you can read the full story here.

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