Copyright organization fined for not paying royalties
The organization of the Netherlands copyright, BREIN (financed with money from the major Hollywood studios through the MPAA ) requested in 2006 to musician Melchior Rietveldt to compose a theme of Anti-Piracy video that would be shown in a local film festival, all under strict rules about the melody was to be used for that purpose.
The 2007 Rietveldt bought a DVD of Harry Potter and discovered that his song was being used in anti-piracy notices contained in at least 70 movies on DVD without receiving any financial compensation for what she calls at least one million euros per unauthorized distribution of their work.
For this work, the organization appealed Rietveldt collection Copyright Buma/Stemra , who promised to pay him 15,000 euros (U.S. $18,355), a figure that never gave the musician so sued.
To make matters worse, a board member of Buma/Stemra, Jochem Gerrits, volunteered in 2011 to help the musician to collect their royalties, but in exchange for ceding their rights to the song to the record company Gerrits, High Fashion Music , and get 33% of the amount owed by BREIN.
Because of this, an Amsterdam court today convicted Buma/Stemra to pay a fine of 20,000 euros (U.S. $24,474) and the sum of 164,974 musician euros (U.S. $201,878) that was owed.
Link: Rights group fined for not paying royalties artist on anti-piracy ad (Wired UK)Tags: Anti-Piracy, BREIN, Copyright, Holland, regalia, royalties