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|Concerning to my invite to various groups on Overtone Music Network I have to post now this thread just to explain what's happened behind the scene. First I thank all of you who responsed to my group inviation and more than for your feeback posted as comments to these groups. Now what's happened behind the scene.
I am confused since I organized a concert with Stuart Hinds here here in Berlin in March and the GEMA charged me a fee that Stuart - member of ASCAP - performed his own music. What the GEMA is doing is not quite clear for me. But to know more about this organisation and their juridical force I found out that I have to accept one point: they can oblige me to purchase a licence that I have the right to host compostions which underlies the protection of the GEMA. Since they claimed to protect also compositions by Stuart Hinds - member of ASCAP - and I had to pay a fee for the concert which I organized official for him - I am quite confused about the juridical situation. And excuse me: I have not the monetary power to consult an advocate for this issue. As I started this network in July 2007 I did that in a simple mind and I had to learn many, many new things which are not related with my way of lifestyle. Now I have to ask myself and you too if we can collect the amount of yearly 150 € for this GEMA. Here are the prices and conditions for websites - written in German only. So the extract: if you can categorize OMN as private website they price for licence is cheaper than for a non-private. I have to count with 37 € or up to 150 € or maybe 360 €. I know that some members of this network were very generous and they donated 2008, 2009 and 2010 for the maintanence of OMN. Thanks a lot to all of you.
Difficult to say if you can call Overtone Music Network a private website. We have more than 120.000 clicks in one year - but I don't earn money with this site. OMN is mentioned on various article on Wikipedia. Today I can find more than 2,670,000 entries with Overtone Network at yahoo.com - since two years I spread the word about this network and overtones in the world wide web to optimze the search engines results for this site. This site has page rank 4 and there are some other points that members of this network embed their member badge with joy to their websites or MySpace profiles.
But back to my point: paying 150 or up to 360 € will be too hard for me and if I have to pay this price for my hobby and have to switch to another cheaper one. I am not able and willing to pay for licence to GEMA. I am willing to pay each month 25 € to the provider of this network since more than 2 years - because I know they are doing always a good job since 3 years and there is no such thing as free lunch. But I am not willing to my saved money to the GEMA. If they will charge me I have to switch off this network until I collected the money to pay the not only the rent - just for the service charges too. I have set up an own special paypal button for this purpose. The money for this purpose will be used to purchase a GEMA licence for this site only.
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